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
“Prepare for exodus.” These were the words that came to mind during a workshop at the Outcomes Conference 2019. Every season of change should have a desired outcome. RiverCross, the ministry I lead, had come under the umbrella of a larger organization in 2015. We retained our 501©3 status, but operated as a ministry of … Continue reading Seasons of Change
Over the years, I have had the privilege of serving as a senior human resources executive in some of the world’s largest and most admired companies. During this time, I have observed that many companies and organizations spend significant resources and focus on building a robust leadership recruitment/selection process, but fail to invest adequately in … Continue reading Roadmaps for Success
Urgency and Impact! These are the two most important words to donors. Why do I need to donate to you now, and what is the impact of my donation? Eighty five percent of your donors will give you a smaller donation just due to the nature of your cause. Another 10% will give a larger … Continue reading The Key to a Donor’s Heart