While our Constitution’s protections for religious liberty are a hallmark of American democracy, they were never a foregone conclusion. Our nation’s commitment to religious freedom emerged at a time when that commitment was unique. Before the Revolutionary War, eight of the thirteen colonies had an established church. People were legally required to follow specific religious … Continue reading Religious Liberty for All
Today, nonprofit organizations have to try twice as hard to rebuild their communities and create a positive environment where people feel a sense of belonging. Although the world has shifted drastically, the basics are still the same. Christian nonprofit organizations try too hard to have the latest gimmicks to create a community and neglect the … Continue reading My Identity = My Leadership
Congratulations! You have been chosen as a leader. The announcement has been made. You move into your new office. Now what? If you are lucky you have had a wonderful role model in your leaders, but sadly I have found that is not always the case. Our world looks at leadership as a top down, … Continue reading Influential Leadership
Join me on a walk around a Christian school campus. Better yet, conduct a student assembly or a faculty meeting and give each attendee a 3×5 card. Ask them to define diversity, inclusion, justice, equality, equity, woke, critical race theory, white privilege, racial-based reconciliation, systemic racism, or any other lightning-rod issue related to racial-based dissension. … Continue reading Ambassadors of Hope
Vision is crucial in life, in ministry and in work, right? Right? Right! But, what is vision? Where does it come from? And how do high-performing ministries create, express, and pursue their vision? These big, important, persistent questions deserve answers. Here’s my take. I’ve been blessed to walk alongside countless organizations as they chart their own … Continue reading Vision Casting
During the pandemic, our leadership team put aside our very active effort to re-tool and rethink our key performance indicators (KPIs) and key performance factors (KPFs). Our attention was completely consumed helping our business partners and staff to get through crazy new challenges of ministry shutdowns and start-ups. Some schools are on round three; some … Continue reading Faithful Metrics
The year 2020 has been the most interesting, ever-changing and challenging year for me as a Human Resources Executive. Back in March of 2020, I was finishing a wonderful ministry trip to our office in Brazil, when I was informed that a virus was spreading across America and the world. At first, I was in … Continue reading Recharge, Reset and Refresh!
One of my favorite Bible passages comes from Luke 12:48: “… and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” As a nonprofit leader, you are placed in a position to steward the resources that have been entrusted to you. Many leaders think of this in its most basic … Continue reading Stewards of Strategic Resources
“Our board would like you to come fix our Millennials.” The administrator of a small nonprofit was on the phone explaining that her organization established a “junior board of Millennials” as part of their succession plan. The Board of Directors, composed of Baby Boomers and Traditionalists, wanted these Millennials “fixed” to embrace the organization’s mission … Continue reading What Story Will They Tell?
Faith is not for the faint of heart. Like many cradle Christians, I had a well-defined identity in Christian spaces. I could slip in and out of it without a thought. It was adaptive camouflage. It was code switching. It was oddly satisfying to go from the “real” world to the “church” world, and to … Continue reading Translating Christian Leadership