• Leadership,  Orange

    Is Social Media About Content or Connection?

    I have read a bunch of books in my life. I am an avid reader and usually have 2-3 books in process at any given moment. I usually have one fiction book just for fun and another book or two for learning. Books are great. However, there is one way that books are severally lacking… you can’t talk with the author. Sure, there are some authors that are pretty active on social media. I’ve even known of some putting their own, personal email in the book. But, for the most part, there is no real interaction between you and the person or people who wrote the book. That’s ok… because…

  • Leadership,  Orange

    Senior Leaders are Learners, Too

    In my years in children’s ministry, I often heard it said, “Leaders are learners.” Now, as a senior pastor and church planter, this statement is still true. I think that many senior pastors would agree. This is why events like the ReThink Leadership Conference exist. What is the ReThink Leadership Conference? There are many conferences for church leaders of all types. From children to youth to worship leaders and even senior leaders. Whatever your role is within the church, there is a conference for you. ReThink Leadership is a conference specifically for senior leaders. In fact, it is only open to senior and executive pastors. ReThink is a conference aimed specifically…

  • ** Reviewed,  Leadership

    6 Steps To Go from Nobody to Networking Junkie

    Networking is a big deal. Some may say it isn’t, but I’ve seen the power of it. Networking has allowed me to go from knowing nobody, to rubbing elbows with and being on a first name basis with some of the biggest names in a variety of industries. As a systems analyst I was able to use networking to go from knowing very little about computer programing to sitting in a private session with executive level leaders of the company that developed the software I was responsible for. As a children’s pastor networking allowed me to go from knowing nobody to having some of the biggest names in the industry…

  • ** Reviewed,  Family Ministry,  Leadership,  Pastoral Leadership

    4 Tips For Helping Kids Serve in Kid’s Church… Adults too.

    Last week I shared 5 Ways That Kids Can Serve in Kid’s Church. Having kids serve can be GREAT. However, we need to make sure that they are prepared, or it can be a source of great frustration for us and the child. So, here are 4 tips for helping kids serve in kid’s church, or church in general. 1.) Train them Keep in mind that for most of your kids this will be their first time serving in church. You wouldn’t put any other person in any other environment to work doing something they had never done without proper training. Nor should we ask anyone to serve in church without…

  • ** Reviewed,  Church Planting,  Family Ministry,  Leadership,  Pastoral Leadership

    Leadership Requires Growth

    For many people, leadership is about a position. They think that leading is about having the right title or position. They don’t think they can lead people until they have reached such a position. Sadly, once they’ve reached such a position, they often think that their quest for leadership ends. They see attaining the “right position” as evidence of their leadership and they see no need to grow. They don’t understand that leadership requires growth. Leadership can happen from any position. As a staff level employee you have the potential to lead those at your level. For many, even at a staff level, there are people that work under you.…