Many organizations find it difficult to build diverse and inclusive volunteer programs, and Christian nonprofits are no different. Why does it seem so hard to attract a diverse base of volunteers? And how can organizations overcome this challenge? It all starts with listening Larry James, a social entrepreneur and the executive leader of the nonprofit … Continue reading Diversifying Volunteer Programs
In my book The Courage Factor, I share a Bible passage that changed my life – the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14: “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants, and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to … Continue reading Courageous Vision
“This is why we stan.” As I read that sentence, my fingers itched to add the letter “d.” But knowing the young and brilliant author who submitted the article, I decided to reach out to him with my proposed edit. His response was informative: “Stan” is a made-up word that means “love and support no … Continue reading Reaching Gen Z
I find that most Christians long to use their time and talents to advance Christ’s purposes. Their understanding of the path to such service, however, is deeply influenced by the assumptions of our culture. According to popular leadership theory, we must use the majority of our talents in order to be successful. Many believe that … Continue reading Servant Leadership
Laughter. The sound emanated from the mobile phone speaker, filling my office. This was the eighth phone conversation and the eighth response of incredulous laughter. Though I hadn’t expected it, I knew I had earned this response to my proposal. I was proposing an organization-wide rest and renewal study. I called strategic team-leaders in my … Continue reading Real Rest. Really?
Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. (Heb. 13:7) “We’ve got to hold onto power as long as we can. You aren’t ready for it.” I was wrapping up a leadership conference when a man in his late 70’s … Continue reading Training Millennials to Lead
The frontline of relief for orphaned and vulnerable children, within communities that experience extreme poverty, is often a place where you must actively look for hope. Although there are innumerable stories of transformation that occur, and immeasurable hope can been experienced within those transformations, working in communities where structures of poverty exist can at times … Continue reading Relationships that Recharge
If you are taking the time to read this issue, it is because you are an ambitious Christian leader, seeking strategies to propel your impact now and into the future. So let me be candid and straightforward in my advice: diversify or disappear. It is that simple and that urgent. You can guess what disappearing … Continue reading Diversify or Disappear