7 Random Pieces of Advice for the Younger Leader
OCTOBER 14, 2011
I love working with younger leaders. It keeps me young and it helps to know I’m investing in something and someone who will likely last beyond my lifetime. I want to share some things I’ve learned from experience. Some of it hard experiences.
12 Killers of Good Leadership
SEPTEMBER 6, 2011
10 Secrets of Many Senior Pastors
DECEMBER 11, 2011
I get to hang out and know many senior pastors. I have a great heart for them and understand, firsthand, some of the pressures, frustrations and joys, which are unique to the role of a senior pastor.
7 Actions While Waiting on God
MARCH 16, 2011
My Hardest Advice for Young Leaders
OCTOBER 17, 2011
Recently I wrote a post entitled “ 7 Random Pieces of Advice for Younger Leaders “ It’s received a fair amount of positive attention, so I thought I should share one more…at least for now. It’s actually the hardest piece of advice I have for this generation of young leaders.
5 Characteristics of an Excellent Team Member
MARCH 9, 2011
I love team dynamics and organizational structures. I have written many times about what makes a healthy team, my expectations of team members, and elements to build health into your team.
7 Traits of an Insecure Leader
NOVEMBER 10, 2011
Insecurity always shows up in a person’s life. It can be disguised, but it can’t be hidden. Insecure people, or people who aren’t secure in who they are personally or comfortable with their abilities, display some common characteristics.
5 Right Ways to Respond to Criticism
JUNE 1, 2011
Let’s be honest! Criticism can hurt. No one enjoys hearing something negative about themselves or finding out that something you do isn’t perceived as wonderful by others as you hoped it would be.
7 Things Healthy Teams Check at the Door
FEBRUARY 17, 2011
After a recent staff meeting, I was thinking about what makes our team at Grace Community Church healthy. I think healthy teams are intentionally created, so I’m consistently trying to make our environment better.
5 Wrong Ways to Respond to Criticism
MAY 31, 2011
Criticism accompanies leadership. The only way to avoid criticism is to do nothing. If a leader is taking an organization somewhere, and really even if he or she isn’t, someone will criticize his or her efforts.
How to Begin a Daily Quiet Time in 5 Easy Steps
JULY 3, 2011
I often encounter people who want to begin a daily quiet time, but they aren’t sure how. It really isn’t as complicated as we often make it out to be.
8 Killers of Motivation and Momentum
SEPTEMBER 19, 2011
Recently I wrote 7 Ways to Motivate a Leader. Leaders need to remain motivated so they can help motivate their team, but I believe leaders also need to be keenly aware of how motivated their team is at any given time.
7 Issues to Address in Pre-Marital Counseling
OCTOBER 24, 2011
As with most pastors, I’ve performed a fair number of weddings. Part of being in ministry is helping couples enter the most important of relationships…marriage. It’s a daunting task and responsibility.
7 Ways to Distinguish God’s Voice from the Circumstances of Life
AUGUST 9, 2011
How do you actually know God is talking to you? Every believer wants to hear from God. Why would you follow God closely if you didn’t want to know His voice or hear what He has to say? We want to know…Is this God?…Is …Is this what He is telling me to do?…or…Am
10 Suggestions for Raising Godly Children
SEPTEMBER 20, 2011
Most of the believers I know have a strong desire to raise their children to be godly; to be passionate followers of Christ. With two boys, I know the difficulty in completing that task. Years ago, before I even had children, God laid on my heart to develop a plan for my fathering.
7 Critical Abilities Senior Leaders Must Have
AUGUST 15, 2011
I want to address some critical abilities that a senior leader must have to be effective. The intent of this post is not to appear arrogant as a senior leader, as if I have qualities others may not have, although I’m confidant some will take it that way.
Introducing Evernote for Pastors
NOVEMBER 15, 2011
I’m a pastor. I love pastors and one of my favorite things to do is help pastors be better pastors. If I can find a tool that will make life easier or more efficient then I want to share it. I’m not a techie.
True Confession: Life as an Introvert
DECEMBER 22, 2011
Here’s a quick confession. I’ve told readers before that I’m an introvert. That’s not the confession. I’ve learned lots of pastors are introverted. In fact, I can appear fairly extroverted at times.
Bad Culture Eats Good Vision
JULY 20, 2011
Bad culture eats good vision… I don’t know who said it first. I’ve heard it several times. I’d love to give credit for it’s author, but I just don’t know.
7 Ways to Encourage Your Wife
AUGUST 11, 2011
I’m not a perfect husband… I’m not a perfect husband… I’m not a perfect husband… I would write that 100 times, but I think you get the message and I’d probably lose most of you at number 27.
My Advice: Don’t Always Give People an Answer
OCTOBER 8, 2011
I have a theory I practice often. I’ve been using it for many years…as a father, a friend, and a pastor. It’s not always what people come looking to me for, but I think it’s the best practice.
5 Roadblocks of Good Leadership
JULY 27, 2011
I’ve witnessed many leaders, including myself at times, get distracted from good leadership. Many times it’s a natural occurrence. We aren’t feeling well physically or emotionally. Life struggles distract us for a season. There are unavoidable distractions for any leader.
Tim Tebow Mic’d for the Bears Game
DECEMBER 16, 2011
I, like many in America, am becoming a huge Tim Tebow fan. I loved this YouTube I saw my friend Jonathan Pearson tweet. It’s worth the 10 minutes. Be honest, are you a Tebow fan? No related posts. Culture Encouragement
7 Tips for Handling Stress
SEPTEMBER 22, 2011
Stress is all around us. Every day I encountered burned out and stressed out pastors. Regardless of your career, it appears life is more stressful than ever. Would you agree? People often ask how I handle stress.
7 Reasons People Disappear from Church
APRIL 12, 2011
One frustration I have had in ministry is watching people come to church, get excited for a time, then disappear. You spend energy and heart on people, grow to love them and get excited about them, and suddenly they are nowhere to be found. These people don’t transfer to another church.
5 Ways a Leader Responds Under Stress
APRIL 4, 2011
Every organization and team has times where everyone is stretched, stress abounds, and even times where it seems things are going backwards for a while. During those times good leadership is more critical than ever.
What to do When You’re Waiting for God to Deliver You
SEPTEMBER 29, 2011
Over the years, I’ve observed countless people who become derailed by the circumstances of life. Speaking as one who has failed many times, the key to long-term success is often in how you respond during the darkest days of your life.
Which Version of the Bible Should I Buy as a Gift?
NOVEMBER 25, 2011
(This diagram is attributed online to Zondervan.com, although I could not find it on their site now.). Every year, especially at Christmas time, one of the most common questions I receive from people in my church and online is “What Bible version should I buy as a gift?”
10 Things You Can’t Change and 10 Things You Can
MAY 2, 2011
There are some things we can’t change and some things we can. Learning the difference and adjusting accordingly is in large part one of the secret’s of a happy life.
7 Warning Signs You May Be a Controlling Leader | Ron Edmondson
JANUARY 10, 2011
I'm seeing and hearing more about controlling leadership lately. I regularly talk to young leaders through my blog and many of them feel they are working for one. The odd thing, however, is that many controlling leaders never really
5 Things Every Leader Needs to Hear
NOVEMBER 16, 2011
Sure I’m a leader. So this may appear to be a self-serving post. I understand the risk. The fact that I am a leader, however, gives me a certain credibility in speaking on behalf of leaders. There are certain things that every leader needs to hear that fuel his or her passion for leading.
7 Ways Satan Tries to Destroy a Church
DECEMBER 1, 2011
Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. 1 Peter 5:8. I’m not a pastor who is constantly looking for Satan behind everything that goes wrong. I concentrate my attention on Jesus and encouraging others to follow Jesus and not to focus on the defeated one. Yet, I’m fully aware that Satan loves to destroy…or attempt to destroy…a church. Obviously Satan is a limited being and God’s church is secure.
5 Reasons Delegation Fails
DECEMBER 16, 2011
I encounter many leaders who claim to be good at delegation, but are frustrated with the results they receive on delegated projects. Of course, they often claim innocence, feeling they have done their job by delegation. The blame then naturally shifts to the delegate.
What if Church…
JULY 24, 2011
…was not just about me? Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:4.
5 Ways to Rebuke a Friend
MARCH 15, 2011
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. Proverbs 17:17. Wounds from a friend can be trusted… Proverbs 27:6. rebuke |ri?byo?k|verb k|verb [ trans. ]. express sharp disapproval or criticism of (someone) because of their behavior or actions.
7 Ways to Motivate a Leader
SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
Have you ever wondered how to motivate a leader? It’s not difficult. Most leader-types share some common traits. They may lead entirely different…they may have different causes and interests…but most leaders are motivated by similar influences.
7 Ways I Gain Influence with My Team
JULY 19, 2011
John Maxwell says leadership is influence. If that’s true, then how does a leader develop that influence with the people he or she leads?
Parenting By Grace: Revised
AUGUST 4, 2011
Cheryl and I attempted to implement grace parenting in our home. Our boys are now grown, but we are beginning to see some fruit from our methods and our heart is to help others learn from things we did wrong and things we did right. Grace parenting is one thing I believe we did right.
4 Words to Help Discern a Vocational Call to Ministry
NOVEMBER 6, 2011
Discerning a call to vocational ministry can be a tiring and trying experience. I’ve had the privilege of speaking with numerous young people and couples who are possibly experiencing a call to full-time, vocational missions and ministry.
Moody Bible’s Culby X: Free Christmas Album
NOVEMBER 24, 2011
Introducing…from the men of Culby X … A Christmas Album. It’s free, it’s inspiring, and it’s good. Forgive me, but this is a personal privilege post. My son Nate , a pastoral student at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, released his first Christmas album today.