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Great Leadership Starts with Being a Great Follower

Great Leadership Starts with Being a Great Follower

So much has been written about leadership. But how much do we hear about being a great follower? How can you be a great leader if you never learned to be a great follower? Let's begin by asking ourselves some important questions and see how Jesus answers these questions by being a follower first. Great Leaders Focus on Others How do we stay focused on our goals, our reason for existence, our plans, and not become focused on ourselves? Jesus’ life clearly models this and the success that ...Read more »
Don't Let the Pressure of Fundraising Cripple You

Don't Let the Pressure of Fundraising Cripple You

Let’s say you’re a new Development Director. The Executive Director of the Board says you must raise $150,000 in your first year. That amount will cover the cost of bringing you on and will give the ministry a good return on investment. “Wow!” you might think. "It's a little intimidating, but also exciting." You imagine meeting that goal and all the good it would do for your place on the team and for the organization’s mission. You are focused and ready to get st ...Read more »
How You Stifle Growth by Putting People in Boxes

How You Stifle Growth by Putting People in Boxes

The other day someone said to me, “You see the glass half empty.” The comment kind of startled me, I certainly wasn’t expecting it and it was not helpful to the conversation. Honestly, I didn't know how to react. It made me wonder why he would say that? Certainly, there is a time for self-reflection and consideration of how others see us. However, I see this trend of putting people in boxes more and more often. Because it’s easier to put people in boxes with blanket stat ...Read more »
How to Prepare for Capital Campaign Success with Your Board

How to Prepare for Capital Campaign Success with Your Board

Board members can make a big difference in leading a capital campaign to success. Sometimes I meet with ministry leaders that have forgotten the incredible opportunity the board has to impact their organization in tangible and profound ways. Many times, our boards get so focused on the day to day and other board duties. And we forget they were assembled to protect the mission and lead your organization to its fulfillment. Have you forgotten what a practical and influential role the board co ...Read more »
[VIDEO] How do I unify and engage my board of directors?

[VIDEO] How do I unify and engage my board of directors?

Board of Directors. Just saying this name can induce all kinds of emotion, ranging from great discouragement to great inspiration. But, as a non-profit executive director, you have a great opportunity to set the tone and strike a balance that will allow you to productively collaborate with your board in the best interest of the ministry. Here is a list of things you can begin focusing on right now to help you change the tone of your board meetings...

4 Ways to Achieve Epic Success by Writing Down Your Goals

4 Ways to Achieve Epic Success by Writing Down Your Goals

We live in a day and age where it seems there is never enough time. I think we are starting to believe time is working against us, when really it may be a lack of direction getting in the way. Here is the thing. I meet a lot of people in this business who are passionate about what they are called to do.  Most of the passionate people I meet would verbalize that goals are an important tool to meeting mission objectives. However, the majority of those same people do not commit their goals t ...Read more »
3 Ways to Better Define Your Success as a Ministry Leader

3 Ways to Better Define Your Success as a Ministry Leader

Success. When I started out my professional life, success was everything to me. I chased it. I achieved it. I wanted more and more and more of it. And the more I achieved, the less satisfied I became, always looking for my next move—and always feeling that I wasn’t there yet. This one destination, success, it drove me. It was highly motivating—and costly.Read more »
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