• 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,  Christian Living,  Church Leadership,  Church Planting

    Maybe the Chairs SHOULDN’T Match

    This week I’m at the Orange Conference. This table is not from this years theme. In fact in will quite likely not even be mentioned at all this week. But, as I walked around the conference I found myself looking at this table. As I looked at it, the symbolism of it struck me. This is not about a pretty picture. It’s not about a perfect place setting, worthy of a magazine. This table, and these chairs are about a gathering. You see, it’s not about the mismatched chairs, it’s about the table. This table represents a place for people to come together. Heck, there was a time when the…

  • ** Reviewed,  My Life

    Observations From a High School Field Trip With My Son

      8:30 The seats on this bus are closer together that I remember… because I’m certain I haven’t gotten any bigger. 8:43 This bus driver is a big fan of racing… or demolition derby. Probably demolition derby. 9:00 These buses have air conditioning these days… Naturally I get stuck with the one bus driver who refuses to use it. Her mantra “Race cars don’t have air conditioning. Neither do race buses.” 9:15 Dear God, would someone please tell this bus driver that we are not in a race and this is not a race car. And no, I didn’t just take God’s name in vain. That’s a serious prayer. #scaredformylife…

  • ** 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…