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Why Do You Do What You Do?

Why Do You Do What You Do?

Do you ever go to work in the morning and feel…like you’re going to work? Remember when you first took this job, or first started your organization? Do you remember your excitement, your hopefulness, your inspiration? Sometimes I forget to remember the yesterday that started this whole thing. Sometimes I live so intensely in the today that nothing else seems as important as getting to the tomorrow that I continually talk about, but that never seems any closer. Your “Why ...Read more »
Speak Life!

Speak Life!

TobyMac has a new song out called “Speak Life” that has inspired me; so much in fact that I have a story I would like to share with you: A few years ago I had a boss who called me to tell me that I was the main reason his organization was not achieving its goals. “Wow.” I am sure you can imagine the pain of that moment! My mind spun, “Really, was it all me?” Once I caught my breath, prayed and had time to analyze the situation I realized indeed, it was not all me. However, the pain of that conve ...Read more »
Courage to Lead

Courage to Lead

We live in an economy of fear and uncertainty. An economy that tempts us to be afraid as well.  An economy that taunts us when we think about generating excitement and slows us from starting a capital campaign. I want to remind you to be strong and courageous!  Remember that we serve a God that is not bound by our economy and a Savior who is never unsure about our future.  Take heart, and do not give up!  I know that it is challenging right now, but wherever there is fear, ...Read more »
Is There More?

Is There More?

In my last blog I shared how a chance meeting with a homeless man and his sign spurred me to have a focus change. As you remember, I am unofficially changing my title: I am now a “generous living consultant”, I am excited about how this new focus will change our conversations. And, it only makes sense that with my new title a new format for this blog would emerge, one that supports our new conversations, and this is it, a new blog: A conversation starter from the generous living consultant. This ...Read more »
David Builds a Temple

David Builds a Temple

And he uses a capital campaign to capture the hearts of an entire nation. Are your campaigns accomplishing that? Is your organization capturing hearts, inspiring people to join your cause because they believe in what you are doing, why you are doing it, and they want to be a part of it? Are you still inspired by what you are doing? Sometimes I wonder if we have gotten comfortable, or afraid, or maybe worse, maybe we’ve become apathetic. We do things that we can attain, we shoot for goal ...Read more »
Are we too smart for our own good?

Are we too smart for our own good?

I was reading the rebellion in II Chronicles 10 – 36. And throughout the recorded history I saw the same theme. Israel had learned how to control their religious duties, acting as though they had figured out God and in the process lost a passion to worship Him. There were of course, brief historical moments of revival among the people, but for the majority of the story it is not a pretty picture. And I believe, that like Israel, we have allowed ourselves to be deceived into thinking we kn ...Read more »
Coach Wooden’s Strategy to Find Happiness

Coach Wooden’s Strategy to Find Happiness

I came across this the other day and was so impressed with Coach Wooden’s strategy for happiness that I just had to share it with you. My prayer is that making and keeping these nine promises will help you on your journey to success. Nine Promises to Make and Keep 1. Promise yourself that you will talk health, happiness, and prosperity as often as possible. 2. Promise yourself to make all your friends know there is something in them that is special and that you value. 3. Promise to think only o ...Read more »
Prepare Your Board to Be Fundraisers

Prepare Your Board to Be Fundraisers

If I told you that you may be missing out on an opportunity to raise funds, you would listen right? The truth is, if you have not prepared and equipped your board to be a part of the fund raising process, you are missing a significant opportunity to raise funds! Think about your current board. Is it filled with people that believe in your ministry, people vested in your organization and men and women that have committed to the purpose and the vision of what you are trying to accomplish? If you s ...Read more »
Believe and Plan for Bigger Gifts!

Believe and Plan for Bigger Gifts!

If you have a project or campaign that you need to have funded, push yourself to be purposeful about your approach. Donors are just like you and I, they get stuck in the same rut of giving and need to be challenged and energized from time to time to consider giving more. Let me encourage you to use these five key factors - whether you are planning a new campaign or in the midst of one. Focusing on these things will energize everyone, including yourself, to believe for bigger things!  Init ...Read more »
Your Choice: Mentor or Lower Productivity

Your Choice: Mentor or Lower Productivity

I just finished a wonderful book, “The Element” by Dr. Ken Robinson. The book challenges some of the conventional forms of education which was thought provoking for sure, but the part that caught my eye was the discussion of mentoring. Mentoring is close to my heart and Robinson does a great job bringing some things to light. I want to share the ideas of mentoring with you because things are going on inside of your organization that are stifling your progress and effectiveness. Consider the diff ...Read more »
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