4 Ways to Spot Your Church’s Rising Stars

One of the most important roles in the life of any leader, particularly a church leader, is to spot the “rising stars” – those members of your team who are exhibiting ever-increasing passion, desire and, most importantly, results. But how do you spot these rising stars? Effective leaders…

4 Times When a Leader Needs to Just Chill Out

Should you ever rant and rave to make a point? Should you ever exhibit signs of outrage to provoke action? Should you ever “read the riot act” to change group behavior? The short answer is “yes…but rarely”. Passion and urgency are indeed among the tools a leader must…

Want to Be a People Developer? Look for Their Beach Ball

“If a leader is going to develop people, you have to learn about their beach ball.” That was a bit of leadership coaching I received years ago from a trusted mentor, and today, more than ever, I believe this is a critical piece in the arsenal of every leader. The beach ball analogy is fairly…

How Great Questions Can Yield Great Results

Great leaders ask great questions. And these great questions lead to great results. My thinking in this area was recently sharpened by reading an outstanding post in the Harvard Business Review, The Power of the Right Question. In this insightful piece, Scott Anthony suggests that a leader “should spend roughly six times longer generating a…

The Most Important Work of a Church Elder

A funny thing happened on the way to the elders meeting at church this week. We didn’t have “quorum.” The dictionary defines “quorum” as: The minimal number of officers and members of a committee or organization, usually a majority, who must be present for valid transaction of business. Without quorum it meant no motions. No…