• Christian Living,  Church Leadership,  Leadership

    I’ve Been Doing it Wrong

    I’ve been in ministry for 12 years or so and been a Christian most of my life. During that time I have experienced a fair amount of what many people would consider to be a success. In much of it, I would agree. Recently, however, I’ve come to realize for much of my ministry and life, in general, I’ve been doing it wrong. Big dreams I’m the kinda person that is constantly thinking a few steps ahead. I’m always looking at where we are going, at what comes next. This has led me to have some really big dreams over the years… many dreams. In and of themselves these are…

  • 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…

  • Church Leadership,  Leadership,  Marriage

    5 Lessons Learned From Years of Ministry With My Wife

    For many church leaders serving with family is normal. Many even serve in the same ministry as family members. In bi-vocational leadership serving with family members is almost inevitable. In these cases, we will often have to lean on trusted family members to fill roles within the church. I’ve been in ministry for over 10 years. From leading the worship team to leading the youth ministry to become a pastor to children for nearly 10 years. In all those years, and in all those roles, my wife was right there with me. I LOVE serving with my wife. Many people say you should never work with family, but my wife…

  • ** 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…