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How Can Leadership and Management Coaching Help You Reach Your Vision?

How Can Leadership and Management Coaching Help You Reach Your Vision?

Ministry executives (like you) are so busy! Watch my 1-minute video on how Leadership and Management Coaching can help you, as a ministry executive, bring your team alongside your vision and pursue it whole-heartedly.

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

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:

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

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.  ...Read more »
How to Crawl Out of the Christian Ministry Leadership Crisis, Part 3

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 ...Read more »
How to Crawl Out of the Christian Ministry Leadership Crisis, Part 1

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 ...Read more »
Bullseye! 15 Simple Minutes for Team Member Success

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 ...Read more »
The Pain in Setting Goals

The Pain in Setting Goals

I’ll confess something to you: I have had a real problem with goals for a long time. I used to be gung-ho with goals—for years, I wrote them and I reviewed them almost every day. I can even point back to significant milestones in life were brought to reality because I prayed through goal-setting and goal-achieving every day. Reality, Aspirations and Goals But when our oldest daughter, Beth, was born, goals became so much harder to set.  Those of us with kids understand the disappointments of decisions and the powerlessness we feel.  Perhaps you are like me that before the child is born you have great aspirations for the girl’s (or boy’s) life.  Maybe she will be a physician who helps heal sick people.  Maybe she will be a great judge who settles matters in a wise and noble way.  Maybe she will carry the gospel to people who have never heard. These aspirations came into direct conflict with the reality of Beth’s birth—she was born without frontal ...Read more »
Managing in Front of 42,000 Screaming People

Managing in Front of 42,000 Screaming People

After watching the pitcher struggle through a couple of batters, the pitching coach knows it is time to walk to the mound. Forty-two thousand people in the stadium watch the pitching coach and hope his words help the pitcher make it through the inning without surrendering a run. So at a recent game, I asked my friend who was a professional baseball short-stop for eight years, “What does the pitching coach say to a struggling pitcher on the mound?” Jeff told me that the pitching coach watches the multi-gazillion dollar pitcher closely on every wind-up, every pitch and every follow-through.  The coach observes the pitcher’s posture, motion, release and eyes.  Every pitch,  Every game.  With each movement in his mental catalog of the pitcher, the coach sees the normal, the abnormal and the potentially disastrous. He knows when the pitcher is at his best and when…well, when something bad could happen. I interrupted Jeff, “So what does he say, in front of 42, ...Read more »
Weaknesses: God’s Strength at Work

Weaknesses: God’s Strength at Work

People succeed not so much because of full utilization of their strengths but because of their not having significant shortcomings.  —Bradford Smart “Your backhand can lose a game that your forehand won.” I remember my father telling me that after winning his tennis match one day.  Then at 80 years old, his decades of observing tennis offered a remarkably simple truth: Your strengths can put you ahead but your weaknesses can make you lose the game. Sure, sharpening your strengths is a good idea, but getting control of your weaknesses is key to high-impact performance. Acknowledging weaknesses is the first step to see God perform a mighty work.  That why the Apostle Paul wrote: I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Corinthians 12:10 Mere acknowledgment of weaknesses, accompanied by a prayerful plan to smooth them down, allows your strengths to shine brighter. Never dwell on weaknesses, pray for discipline and G ...Read more »
Leadership, Management and The Four Spiritual Laws: Do We Really Believe?

Leadership, Management and The Four Spiritual Laws: Do We Really Believe?

During a management retreat, the Christian owner of a business addressed his management team, “Managers, you’ve got to understand that your employees are out to screw you.”  I was stunned to hear it.  I knew he had deep disappointments from employee difficulties, but that statement seemed awfully harsh and broad brushed. But maybe he had a nugget of biblical truth that I didn’t want to recognize. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23 (NIV) Going door to door in the hot Texas summer, I shared the Gospel using this little booklet.  The Four Spiritual Laws encapsulated a simple approach for those who want to seek God.  The little booklet used simple words and simple graphics, but I think I struggle with the implications of those four laws today more than ever. Law #2 is based on Romans 3:23 (above).  Simply put, we are so caught up in our selfish thoughts and deeds, we can’t co-exist with God.  True that.&nb ...Read more »
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