If Anything Else, Leadership is THIS

“What is leadership?” This question is asked in just about any course taught on leadership. I remember a seminary class on leadership where we were asked that same question at the beginning of the semester. To be honest, I don’t really remember any of the definitions that were suggested. I’m sure most of our answers included words and […]

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The Difference Between Copying and Learning

In seminary, I took an “Intro to Youth Ministry” class where a professor introduced me to the phrase, “Good artists borrow; great artists steal.” His point was this: When developing ideas for ministry and programming, don’t hesitate to get ideas from other youth workers. It makes sense, right? There’s no need to reinvent the wheel […]

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Video of the Week: When You Make an Embarrassing Mistake As a Leader

There are times when you just blow it as a leader. I’m not talking about a moral failure here or anything that would disqualify you for a ministry leadership position. No, there are times when you simply make a poor leadership decision, plan an event or initiative that just doesn’t go anywhere, or maybe even […]

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Telling Stories that Cast Vision

A few weeks ago, I sent an email to our staff about a fantastic fall kickoff of one of our small group settings for moms. This particular small group environment happens around tables at our church on Fridays in one of our main spaces, which puts a pinch on our teams getting ready for Sunday. […]

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The Choice Every Leader Needs to Make: Coach vs. Manager

Have you ever wondered how great leaders get the most out of the people they lead? Maybe you’re friends with a pastor whose employees love working on his staff. Or perhaps there’s a church in your area that seems to always have volunteers around who can’t wait to arrive early, work hard, and refuse to leave […]

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Video: Noah and the Ark Narrated by Kids

The awesome video production team at The Heights Community came up with a hilarious way to introduce each week in our current sermon series, “Kids’ Stories.” Think “Kid History” meets the Bible. This past week we covered Noah, and the intro video is epic. Enjoy:

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Leadership Skill: Why You Should Give Decisions Away

One of the most difficult skills for leaders to learn is how to allow other leaders in our organization or on your team make decisions that senior leaders often make themselves. The temptation is to hoard all the decisions, because when those decisions go wrong, the buck stops with us. But giving away decisions is […]

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Setting High Expectations for Volunteers

One of the realities of leading in a ministry setting is that getting things done means recruiting and leading a lot of volunteers. For me, leading volunteers is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. I get to do ministry as a job, but there are hundreds of volunteers at our church who give […]

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Video of the Week: Mommy Rhapsody (From Church on the Move)

In celebration of Mother’s Day, I give you one my favorite tributes to mothers. Enjoy! For other great videos from Church on the Move, check out their YouTube page.

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