Perhaps empathy sounds like it should stay safely tucked away in the realm of friendships and counseling rooms. What does it have to do with innovation, anyway? Isn’t innovation about big, industrial, life-changing leaps forward like electric lights, antibiotics, and automobiles? What does it have to do with innovation, anyway? Innovation, by another name, might … Continue reading Empathy-Driven Innovation
In the Declaration of Independence, the American Founders acknowledged certain truths given by “nature and nature’s God.” Among them is the truth that each of us is created equal by God and is given by him certain rights that are inalienable. That truth, and the right to defend it, is under siege. Our First Freedom … Continue reading Religious Freedom
Have you ever been around a person who is full of life? They are happy, kind, thoughtful and intentional in relationship with you. You leave an interaction with this person feeling like you just received a pure breath of fresh air. Why? What was different about this encounter than others you had that day? Let’s … Continue reading Getting an Alignment
The U.S. is experiencing the highest level of voluntary turnover in over a decade – a trend analysts expect to continue through the year. A recent poll found almost 50% of the workforce is actively job hunting across all job categories – from front-line service workers to high level office professionals. This unique time in … Continue reading Don’t Let Them Get Away!
All Christians are called to be faithful caretakers of the things of God (Gen. 1:26-28). However, in our evangelical circles, sometimes we neglect to guide women positively in their kingdom-building efforts. To combat this, church leaders must incorporate women meaningfully into the life of the church and efforts outside their local assembly. One of the … Continue reading Women as Philanthropists
Most successful organizations, whether for-profit or nonprofit, operate with a strategic vision. A vision is simply a clear image of what an organization aspires to be or achieve in the future. Here is a strong example from World Vision: “We are a Christian organization working to help communities lift themselves out of poverty For Good.” … Continue reading Communicate Compelling Vision
The influence of the Protestant church in America – even in the Southern states, the so-called Bible belt – is waning. Churches across the country are closing their doors, dying, or are being “adopted” by nearby larger churches. Parachurches, too, are struggling to ascertain their own future in deeply uncertain times. The Nones That is … Continue reading Remember My Name!
It is no secret that the year 2020 has been hard. In an economy rocked by the pandemic, nearly 40 million Americans were out of work at some point, and almost everyone’s jobs, businesses and traditions have been disrupted in some way. Given this upheaval, you may be surprised to learn that we are coming … Continue reading Help Your Team Thrive
What do you think of when you hear the word stewardship? Often, we can equate the concept of stewardship merely to financial management. But the longer I serve in leadership positions, the more I realize the importance of having a stewardship mindset regarding people. Think about it this way: Imagine that you went to a … Continue reading Nurturing Your Team
What do today’s faith-based nonprofit leaders see as the future leadership needs of their organizations? A few years ago, I was deeply involved in a comprehensive survey designed to try and address some of these questions. The answers we found may surprise you. They will certainly inform you. And I believe these findings are applicable … Continue reading Who Leads Next?