A Shepherd’s Vision

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

Vision and Love

The act of following vision is not unlike the act of falling in love. As leaders, we try so hard to manufacture motivation for those we are called to lead. However, in reality, our main job is to simply create the environment and conditions that draw followers to the vision that God has given us. … Continue reading Vision and Love

Vision Casting

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

Thriving Workplaces

Flourishing, energizing, life-giving, meaningful and purposeful, having impact – what a way to describe work! As I reflect on three decades of nonprofit work those words come to mind, along with trying times fraught with trials and challenges. I’ve seen the highs and lows while leading Human Resources with Chuck Colson and Prison Fellowship for … Continue reading Thriving Workplaces

Faithful Metrics

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

Sparks of Purpose

Thriving — flourishing, prospering, and growing vigorously. That definition of thriving is exciting! Isn’t that what we all want to be doing? We all have a mission, a purpose created for us. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Eph. … Continue reading Sparks of Purpose

Remember My Name!

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!