Similarities of Church and Weddings

My son was recently married and I was reflecting on how weddings and churches are similar.  Granted there are many differences, too.  But I was struck by how just many similarities there were. To start, both churches and weddings bring together families of different origins.  In doing so, there are different customs, traditions, beliefs, and […]

The Response-Ability in Accountability

“Accountability breeds response-ability.” Stephen Covey Covey expands on this concept by explaining, “Look at the word responsibility—“response-ability”—the ability to choose your response. Highly proactive people recognize that responsibility. They do not blame circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior.”  In his book, Winning on Purpose, Jon Edmund Kaiser defines accountability as the marrying of responsibility […]

Simple Not Easy

Just because something is simple does not automatically mean it is also easy.  Take marriage for example.  Going down to the courthouse to get a marriage license and having the justice of the peace marry you is simple.  But marriage is not easy!  Buying a piece of Ikea furniture is simple.  Assembling said piece of […]

Spiritual Leaders First

With all the other shifts we’ve made this past 18 months, it is time for yet another.  We need to consider a shift in how we elect leadership for our boards or councils in our churches.  We have historically and traditionally been trained to recruit leaders who had experience and expertise in finances or banking, […]

The Gift of a Retreat

Fall is the typical time for retreats.  Sometimes those retreats are spiritual retreats and others are strategic ministry planning retreats.  In the past few weeks, I’ve been in four states leading various retreats across the country.  Retreats are one of my most favorite types of experiences to lead.  While I do enjoy speaking, webinars, and […]

Accountability: Friend or Foe?

The majority of churches I have consulted and coached with over the past decade do not have an accountable leadership style.  Instead, their leadership style is likely either bureaucratic (committee or consensus-driven) or autocratic (pastor/personality-driven).  In a bureaucratic leadership model, the pastor is given responsibility, but not authority resulting in a safe but not a […]

Church is Too Complicated

Sometimes I think we make things too complicated.  That includes the church.  That includes both “doing” church and “being” the church.  Sometimes we are so overwhelmed in doing church that we just give up.  We are too tired, on ministry overload, been there and done that, and tired of seeing no results.  We just want […]

Church Council: Management or Governance?

What is the role of the Church Council?  Is it to manage the church or to govern the church?  Historically and in practice, most Church Councils manage. Often how the Church Council functions in the local church has been handed down from generation to generation.  Not all Church Councils function the same nor are they […]

Are You an Adaptive or Innovative Leader?

“One of the key differences between innovation and adaptation is that innovation is voluntary. Adaptation is not.”  Carey Nieuwhof During these past 18 months, we have all been forced to pivot.  Sometimes we have pivoted so much that we have perhaps become dizzy and weary.  I get it!  It has been overwhelming.  The learning […]