There is no question that the work of a development officer is hard. Each year we receive a new revenue goal and every day we see that goal staring us in the face. On top of that, we recognize that we do not control the ultimate outcome for which we are measured: hitting that goal. … Continue reading Will God Give Us What We Need?
In your leadership, do you struggle with insecurity, irritability or being overwhelmed? Do you face toxic relationships, uncertainties or challenges that you are not sure how to address? If you’re reading this magazine, my guess is that you’re likely to believe that, through faith in Jesus, we have the Holy Spirit within us, as a … Continue reading Tapping into the Source
Are we entrusted with our leadership role, or we are entitled to it? Given the state of leadership in our country and in the church, this is an increasingly poignant question. Are we entrusted with our leadership role, or we are entitled to it? We applaud Christian Leadership Alliance for choosing “Entrusted” as this year’s … Continue reading Entitled or Entrusted?
You’ve heard the phrase, “Find your why.” Start with the Author of “your why.” If you’re reading this article, you are probably involved with a mission-driven organization. You are about building the kingdom of God and serving his people. Your vision is for the work to expand and accelerate, and you recognize that more people … Continue reading Giving Your Vision a Voice
“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9) I used to think that I understood innovation. Then I spent a decade and a half leading innovation in one form or another. Starting new initiatives. After thousands of hours of combined … Continue reading Innovation’s Roots
To wear or not to wear, that is the question. For a couple of years, we have thought, talked, and maybe even argued about masks at church. But I first contemplated mask-wearing at church about ten years ago, before the pandemic and for a very different reason. While leading a class called “Christianity Explored,” I … Continue reading A Higher Allegiance
Fear and trepidation roiled within me as I walked into my first offsite leadership meeting. Nine or ten men in their late 30s to mid-50s, in business-casual attire (what did that even mean for women in the middle of the ‘80s?), stood around talking leisurely. I felt so conspicuous: I was 26 years old, the … Continue reading Living as the Beloved
You get a phone call, a text comes in, or you finally have some time to sit back and think. No matter the source, you realize that change is upon you. A growth opportunity is starting to take off, a new external challenge threatens your organization, or a critical mistake was made by a member … Continue reading Leading Through the Stages of Transition
One rhythm of life that the COVID-19 pandemic significantly altered in 2020 was weddings. Virtual weddings officiated online and socially distanced wedding with only a handful of your closest friends in attendance were the norm for a year. It is not likely that many 2020 newlyweds would say that their wedding was just as they … Continue reading The Beautiful Community
Growing up in southern California in the 1960s and 1970s certainly had its perks. You can picture them – clear skies, the Pacific Ocean, nearly perfect weather year-round, and you guessed it, Disneyland. Walt saw his vision realized as one “land” after another was designed and erected. It would eventually attract children of all ages … Continue reading A Shepherd’s Vision