Have you ever interacted with someone and realized that they were unable to relate to you? Unable might be too strong of a word…they just didn’t want to do the work to relate. I was reminded of the importance of empathy last week during a trip back home from Nashville. Weather caused a decent delay … More 6 Ways to Develop Empathy
I love highlighting things that matter. In a world of noise and distraction it becomes increasingly important that we help those things which matter most to rise above the noise. For me the conversation is usually around volunteering. How do we talk about volunteering? How do we encourage someone to serve? It is one of … More 5 Values to Help Rise Above the Noise
Most of us want to make a difference. We are eager to find places and positions where we can have a positive impact on our world. Because we live in a world of constant information and access it can feel like finding your “spot” can be a bit like the proverbial search for a needle … More How Do I Know Where to Serve?
Could you imagine what it would be like if we saw the potential in each person? Imagine how much hope you would have for your community. Imagine how much vision you would have for accomplishing great things. The trouble is that potential within someone is often clouded by the reality of today. We struggle to … More Bring Someone Along
Even the most talented of people need good coaching to make the most of their opportunities. From kids running the wrong direction on the t-ball field to Olympic athletes breaking world records – coaches offer outside help so each of us can get better. I’ve loved to watch great coaching make an impact on … More Do You Have a Coach?
There is so much going on around us that we somehow miss. Each of us have biases that affects what we see. I recently bought a new car and now I see that car everywhere; I never noticed it before now. The model isn’t new to the road, I had just neglected to notice it … More Consider What You Do Not See
Some people gather with urgency as if there will never be enough. Other people live care free as if there is a never ending supply. Each of us fall somewhere on the continuum between Scarcity and Abundance. When it comes to money some of us have a poverty mindset and store every bit we can, … More Living in Abundance or Scarcity
I get the opportunity to interact with a variety of team leaders in ministry. Some are in a position where they lead thousands. Others provide leadership for a modest 2-5 people. No matter their scope of leadership, every leaders feel the pressure to recruit. While the need to recruit is universal for leaders, the ways … More 3 Principles for Recruiting
I love weekends of high pressure and high movement at the church. Whether we are creating space for an altar call, throwing a big party, launching a new initiative or simply giving out 17,000 t-shirts – high pressure weekends are a blast for me. Now before you categorize me as an endorphin junkie, let me … More Do You Need Help?
When it comes to the work of recruiting and leading volunteers there is a sacred intersection which we must navigate. It is a convergence of 2 responsibilities we have as spiritual leaders. Each responsibility has its own level of importance in the work of building the church. Each one involves nuances and complexities more numerous … More A New Volunteer Intersection