The Beauty of Agreement

The Beauty of Agreement

There is profound beauty when a man and woman say “I do.” It becomes even more profound when they reach agreement after their first major conflict. There’s something spectacular about two deeply different individuals honoring, listening, and submitting to one another to come to a place of harmony. In the context of…

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Whose One-Man Show?

Whose One-Man Show?

As leaders, especially in our early days, we can fall for the notion that it’s up to us to keep everything going. Here’s a visual metaphor of what it looks like. Initially, it’s pretty impressive to watch how talented that guy is, and to see the huge variety of instruments he’s able to play. But if you convert…

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Go with Your Gut?

Go with Your Gut?

It happens all the time in leadership. You have to make a critical decision in the next hour or the next day. Either way, there’s pressure to decide quickly. So how do you do that? It’s tempting to go with your gut—to do what feels right in the core of your being. We’ve all done it. But is the core of our being always…

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How to Have Cultural Integrity at Board Meetings

How to Have Cultural Integrity at Board Meetings

The culture of a ministry is the foundational beliefs and values on which its relationships and decision-making are built. Godly leaders establish cultural consistency throughout the organization, even at board meetings. The three cultural foundation stones at our ministry are: 1) Honoring God 2) Cultivating healthy…

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Metaphorically Writing

Metaphorically Writing

Leaders are born with a megaphone at their mouth and a laptop at their fingertips. Whether they’re giving stadium keynotes or elevator speeches, writing year-end appeals or weekly thank you notes, they paint the sky with their impassioned, flowery words. But… leaders who learn to write tight have happier readers. Did…

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How to Have Unspeakable Joy

How to Have Unspeakable Joy

In the rush and rigors of leadership, it’s important to have regular encounters with God that cause our souls to soar. While these moments can’t be manufactured, we can position ourselves to experience inexpressible times of joy with God that characterize our lives. A few years ago, I had one of these moments with…

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