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How Can I Get My Board and Staff On the Same Page?

Sometimes you don’t feel like your board and staff are even on the same page, much less the same planet! See how Advocace helped bring the board and staff of one ministry together to achieve their vision.

Also, here are a few other blogs and tools on board and staff management:

Increased Faith and Deliverance from Control of the Calculator

In our Christian ministries, we have board members or staff members who struggle to dream. They find solace in calculating why something cannot work. Jesus also had these people in his life. Look at how A.W. Tozer sees Philip as Jesus envisions feeding the five thousand. Philip answered, “Two hundred silver pieces wouldn’t be enough to buy bread for each person to get a piece.” John 6:7 (MSG) Philip the Calculator A.W. Tozer writes in Tozer on Christian Leadership: A 366-Day Devotional, Here in the New Testament was Philip the Calculator—Philip the Mathematician, Philip the Clerk. There was need for a miracle and Philip set out to calculate the odds. Probably every Christian group has at least one person with a calculator. I have sat on boards for many years and rarely is there a board without a Philip the Calculator among its members. When you suggest something, out comes the calculator to prove that it cannot be done… As I say, I have been sitting on these boards for m ...

How to Crawl Out of the Christian Ministry Leadership Crisis, Part 4

It happened in sixth grade in Mr. Gilbeaux’s math class, in front of all my classmates. My name was called. As a result of test scores, I was placed in remedial math. I learned I wasn’t as smart as I thought I was. That’s a lesson I’ve never forgotten. Dear Christian ministry leader—you’re not as smart as you think you are. Every single one of us has blind spots. With ever-changing market conditions, new competitors and changing technology – every single Christian ministry leader needs all the help they can get. But can we admit we need that help? There’s a phrase I often repeat when the PAR leadership team meets and it is true. I’m the dumbest person in the room. This truth has led me to do three things. I encourage you to do these three things as well. Hire People Smarter Than You First, hire people who are smarter than you. You can’t be an expert in everything. Be an expert at knowing what you don’t know.  ...

How to Crawl Out of the Christian Ministry Leadership Crisis, Part 3

What we do every single day matters. This is the third installment in a 4-part series—How to Crawl Out of the Christian Ministry Leadership Crisis. Click to read Part 1 and Part 2. So far, we’ve discovered the issues facing us and laid out some first steps.  Now what? I mean, what does a leader do on a day-to-day basis? The best way I can answer this is to tell you about my typical schedule. Please don’t think I’m offering a cookie-cutter approach to being a leader. What I’m giving you is what works for me and PAR. Brian’s Typical Day: 5 am—Jesus I wake up and spend some time with Jesus by reading His word and praying. Then, I’m read a Leadership book. I have to invest in myself as a leader. I must continue to hone my skillset, learn new things and be reminded of the basics. A pro-athlete never stops visiting the gym, being coached or training. The same is true with you as a leader. What’s the last book you read on leadership? President Truma ...

How to Crawl Out of the Christian Ministry Leadership Crisis, Part 2

President Clinton’s second White House Chief of Staff, Leon Panetta, tells an amazing and true story. The Clinton administration was working hard to get its signature Crime Bill through the congress. Panetta kept reaching out to Barbara-Rose Collins, a representative from Michigan. The White House needed her vote but she kept refusing the Chief of Staff’s calls until one day she called and said she’d like to meet. Panetta tells the story: “Bill Richardson, then a congressman from New Mexico and a supporter of the crime bill, offered to host the meeting, and we gathered in his Capitol Hill office. I asked what I could do for Collins, and she informed me that Jesus had spoken to her in a dream the night before. “Really?” I asked calmly, as a few of my colleagues did their best to compose themselves. “What did Jesus say?” “He told me I should consider supporting the president,” she answered. Then she added, “I think God will allow me to suppo ...

How to Crawl Out of the Christian Ministry Leadership Crisis, Part 1

Dear Christian Ministries,There’s a famous apocryphal story regarding Abraham Lincoln. Before delivering the Emancipation Proclamation he met with his seven cabinet members. He presented the speech and then took a vote to secure their approval. One by one the seven cabinet members said, “Nay.” After surveying all seven, Lincoln voted. He said, “Aye!” Followed by, “The ayes have it.”Leaders advance the cause even in the face of opposition…even if it means going it alone.Christian Ministry Leadership CrisisWe have a crisis in Christian ministry leadership.Before you click off this blog allow me to offer some evidence for the crisis.Christian ministry is disappearing. Instead of meeting with the team and casting a vision, many ministries have simply thrown in the towel. The lack of new leaders coming into ministry, and dissatisfaction among those who work in Christian ministry displays a lack of leadership.· Why are we having a tough time attracting new leaders?· Why are so many who work in Christian ministries ...

How to Avoid Sounding "Too Commercial" at Your Station

"Too commercial!" That's what the manager said about his station's air sound. He was concerned to be losing both listeners and donor income. And that's why Advocace analyzed the best practices of high-achieving listener supported radio stations. See what we discovered in this 1 minute video!

Then, give us a call at (972) 304-1100 to talk about how we can help with Business Support and Underwriting for your station.

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Growing Leaders Clean Their Plate—Even the “Spinach”

I like carrots—cooked, raw, plain or fancy. But spinach? I like spinach when it isn’t too spinachy, like creamed or fried (yes, like a potato chip).The truth is sometimes I need to eat spinach.What’s on Your Plate?Most ministry leaders get to choose what is on their plate—some even tailor their daily work to be the work they really want to do. The Advocace Ministry Capacity Framework identifies seven areas that successful vision-driven ministries master. The challenge for the leader is to decide which areas to keep and which to delegate.“[A] trap into which the [Christian leader] is in danger of falling is that he may do what comes naturally and just take it easy…To avoid this danger the [Christian leader] should voluntarily impose upon himself a life of labor as arduous as that of a farmer, a serious student or a scientist. No man has any right to a way of life less rugged than that of the workers who support him.”—A.W. TozerAlthough I think Tozer would have liked the StrengthsFinderTM, a diet of strengths-o ...

Bullseye! 15 Simple Minutes for Team Member Success

Archery proved difficult for me—I typically wanted to change the direction of the arrow after I released the bowstring. New team members are like arrows: if you want them to hit the target of your expectations, spend time on your aim. Just Focus on the Target Early in my career, I worked in an organization with specific daily activity goals. Every morning, we came to the office at 8 am for a 15 minute meeting. The meeting agenda was simple and consistent: The leader asked each team member to report on each of these three questions in 60 seconds or less: 1) What did you learn yesterday? 2) Did you achieve your goal? 3) How may I help you achieve your goal today? Aim Every Morning New team members (and a lot of us who have been around for a while) need help focusing on what is important to the organization. It is easy for any of us to become distracted by rush‑hour traffic, a situation at home or even at a comment we just read on Facebook. Leaders make a big impact on the growth and success of the ...

Change Your Future

Every morning in the late 1960’s over 70% of the alarms in Dallas played Ken & Granny on KLIF—The Mighty 1190. It was Top 40 radio then and as a young person, I loved every second.Years later as an adult, I had the opportunity to take both Ken and Granny (both portrayed by Ken Dowe) to lunch. Although Ken had moved onto the leadership side of broadcasting, I couldn’t wait to ask him about all the lunacy I remembered from the “Ken & Granny” days.En route to lunch, I was told by his son, “I need to tell you about something before we step into the restaurant. Dad doesn’t really like to talk about the past. He is more interested about the future.”Well, that blew my conversation plan…but something better happened.It IS about the FutureDuring lunch, Ken told me what excites him. He said, “You can’t change the past, but–with a lot of work—you can change the future.”The nuggets of truth I took from that statement were:· A radio station’s past does not have to dictate its future.· A man’s past does not have to ...

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