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The Power of Passion

Passion is a tremendously powerful thing! I love this picture of conductor Benjamin Zander - a tremendously passionate person.  His talk at a WillowCreek Leadership...

How God Makes a Leader

"Wow, so that's how leadership happens?" was my first reaction to reading Robert Clinton's book The Making of a Leader.  For me, Clinton was...

Top 3 Things to Make Your Pitch Click

It's only natural to feel panicky about casting vision and parading your ideas before hard-boiled decision makers who want to call the shots.  Remember,...

The Coach Approach and the Chief Motif

What will it take for coaching to find its potential within the domain of the church? I received an email from a friend who participated...

Are You Saying Your Prayers?

What sustains you? Leadership can be difficult, draining and exhausting. It's simply not possible to keep going forever without resources. For church leaders, that includes...

Whose Vision Is It Anyways?

During Auxano's co::Lab, vision coach Will Mancini has been showing us how to develop a "Vision Pathway that leads to a lifestyle of visionary leadership." By definition, a...

How Do You Spot a Future Leader?

When we look for those we would like to develop as leaders in our church, we can be drawn to the obvious heavy lifters...

The missing metric

On a recent flight, I had the opportunity to sit next to a man who was the ideal conversationalist for me. First, he was...

Coaching PostModerns

One of the greatest benefits of teaching is hanging out with students and learning from them. One morning, many years ago, a young graduate...

Organic Linear Growth. Really?

Our senior pastor, Mark Beeson, is challenging our entire church to memorize 2 Peter 1.2-12 (NIV). He started with our staff a couple weeks ago. Last...

Pro-Active v. Re-Active Church Risk Management

Take Charge in Church Risk Management

Training Ground: Don’t Dilute the Doctrine

Recently, one of our consultants sat in a Bible study class of a church that had brought in our team for a long-term consultation...

Should Churches Hire Professional Stewardship Counsel?

Professional Stewardship Hired Guns?

Should a Church Launch a New Site or Plant a Church?

Before I talk about an advantage of churches launching a new venue/site over church planting, I want to say that I’m all for church...

Sharing the Teaching Load

Pastor Rick is convinced his church needs him to preach every weekend. In fact, he hasn’t missed a service in four years. Though pastors like Rick...

The New World of Growing Churches

Next weekend, more than 200,000 people will attend the 10 largest, Protestant Christian churches in America. An additional 200,000 will worship at the next...

Searching for the Gospel of Jesus

My friend Greg and I have been talking quite a bit about what it means to follow Jesus. Greg wouldn’t consider himself to be...

Power Play: Exploring Leaders' Faith Journeys

After awakening from a failed suicide attempt, Robert “Bud” McFarlane received an unexpected telephone call.   “Bud,” said the caller, “I heard what you did, and...

Missing the Mark?

“If you could only go to church three more times the rest of your life, what would you want to hear?”   To prepare for an...
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