Category Archives: Leadership

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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The #1 reason pastors burn out and how you can avoid it

Burnout: the condition of someone who has become very physically and emotionally tired after doing a difficult job for a long time. ( Can you relate to any of that? Do you ever wonder how much longer you can keep …

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5 things I wish I knew about stewardship 30 years ago

When I started in ministry 30 years ago I knew next to nothing about stewardship. I was anxious, puzzled, and didn’t feel up to the task. So not up to the task that I remember that first year I called …

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What I wish I’d known about ministry 30 years ago

Dear pastors: I’m writing to you from my heart. I was a pastor for 15 years, and I’ve been helping pastors with their ministries for another 15. Yes, that means I’ve had 30 years seeing churches from multiple sides: as …

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The 10 smartest things you can do to improve communication at church

Church communication is necessary, and difficult. Improving communication is like painting the Golden Gate Bridge. You always have to work on it. So with that in mind, I created 10 ways to keep your communication humming. Take a look at …

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Three ways to build relationships before summer’s over

Summer’s almost over. It’s two-and-a-half weeks until Labor Day (sorry to say). And unless you’re taking a late-summer vacation, you’re probably getting ready for fall. And fall rolls into the holidays, and before you know it, it’s 2017. Here’s something …

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Lead like Moses: Dealing with Resistance

I’ve been thinking about Moses’ leadership. I love the Bible: It doesn’t tie things up into a neat little package. Moses’ story is not like a church leadership manual. No quick fixes – it takes 40 years! I was talking …

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Now Enrolling: Leaders Who Last

Dear pastor, There comes a time in every minister’s life when he or she has to say, “Enough is enough.” And that’s the day when you decide to change your life for the better by committing to sustainable ministry. I …

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Six Ways to Practice Listening at Church

So much of your time is spent planning, crafting, and speaking. Yet one of the most important practices that I guarantee will build your leadership is listening. It’s an essential part of pastoral care AND it can enhance your leadership …

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