Servant Leadership: thinking “Others First.”

So last week I wrote about 6 major lessons I’ve learned about true leadership. You can read that here. One of the major lessons I’ve learned is that, in order to lead well, you need to adopt an “others first” mentality. So today I want to flesh out what an “Others First” mentality of leadership…

6 Lessons I’ve Learned about True Leadership

In my almost two decades of being a pastor and a leader, I have been challenged over and over again by Jesus’ words when he said: “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. But among you it will be different….

My final Hopevale Church Youth Retreat

Well, it’s here. Tonight is the first night of the final Youth Retreat for Hopevale Church that I will be leading. Almost 8 years ago, Sarah and I (and our little family) moved to Michigan to come to Hopevale Church to lead the student ministries and quickly discovered that this weekend was one of our…

What I’m learning about self-leadership

Self-Leadership. I didn’t even hear these words until I was working at my second church and I was 6 years into ministry. Oh, I knew some of the concepts and was already practicing it in theory, but if you were to ask me what self-leadership was, I’m not sure I could define it or even…

Preaching Better Sermons [Part Two]

Last week I posted about my journey of wanting to learn how to preach in a better way. I was preaching… but didn’t quite know if I was being effective or not. I learned that “preaching better” all depends on what your goal is. Andy Stanley says, “Your GOAL in preaching should determine your APPROACH…

Creating a Healthy Volunteer Culture in Ministry

Working in ministry is a high calling. It is also almost 80% (sometimes more) volunteer driven. If that is the case, creating a healthy culture for our volunteers is a big deal and, as ministry leaders, this actually needs to be on our front burner all the time. Why? 2 reasons: 1. Volunteers are VITAL…

“God won’t give you more than you can handle” – why it doesn’t mean what you think it means.

I just finished up a 3 week series in our college ministry called “A Way Out” that took a look at 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 and what it has to say about temptation in our lives. The three weeks were broken down like this: Week One – Looking Back (vs. 1-11) –Learning from past failure leads to living in present victory. Week Two – Standing and Falling (vs. 12) – We defeat denial in our lives through Honesty &…

“How do I build my ministry if I can’t hire?” – PART TWO

Last week I wrote here about the very beginnings of what we should do if we want to build our ministries but we are not in a position to hire additional full time staff. I focused more on the Theological and Philosophical groundwork that needs to happen and then challenged us to get CREATIVE. Today…

“How do I build my Ministry if I can’t Hire anyone?” – part one

This is a question that I get from a lot of my youth ministry friends… and just ministry friends, in general. We are constantly reading books, looking at articles, perusing websites & social media, and going to conferences that are led by people who seem to have multiple staff members at their disposal and talk…