Category Archives: Leadership

Pastors, what do you do if they don’t want to follow you?

Today, I am writing you a long letter. Usually I try to keep things concise because I know how busy you are, but here’s the thing–this challenge is one of the biggest that leaders face. It’s one almost all of …

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Pastors, here’s how to help your leaders grow

Are your leaders growing? It’s critical to help them develop, and to develop your relationship with them.. You can’t do the ministry without them. Here are three ways to work on it. Spend time with them. Touch base with them …

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What every pastor ought to know about money

Here are five important things about money every pastor ought to know. Any one of them can be difficult to learn depending on your background, life experience and aptitude. This is not a 5 quick tips article. However, over time …

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Are you proud of your ministry?

Whether the launching of a new outreach ministry, dedication of a new building, or simply the completion of a particularly successfully program year, you might feel proud of yourself and your people. You did something together! Your heart swells as …

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Can you recognize four signs of a church troublemaker?

Do you know how to watch out for a potential problem person at church? It’s not the most fun thing to do, but being aware and alert about this can help save you lots of heartache in the future. To …

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When money brought me to my knees

I love having you in my community of leaders. And frequently when I write to you, I think about the challenges of ministry, identify a topic, and come up with a series of action steps to remedy or support it. …

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Let’s make church finance team meetings easier

Do you dread meetings of your church finance team or committee? If so, you’re not alone. I often hear: “I feel SO uncomfortable dealing with money matters. It’s outside my comfort zone” “I get frustrated with the bottom-line mentality of …

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Why some pastors are better leaders than others

It’s no secret: some pastors do better than others. They enjoy ministry more, their churches seem to thrive, whatever their size. So what does it take? Here’s my take on the four basic principles pastors can utilize to step up …

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Three things I’ve learned from the U.S. presidential election

As you know, the US presidential election has been a wild ride. I know I have readers outside the U.S., and I’d love to hear from you. And for those of us who are in the process of voting, it’s …

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The #2 reason pastors burn out and how you can avoid it

The last time I wrote to you I outlined the #1 reason pastors burn out: overfunctioning. There’s a second reason pastors burn out, and it’s related to #1. To be honest, I’m not sure which one is first or second. …

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