4 Easy Steps Towards Being a Great Parent

Parenting is hard. I have two wonderful adult children, but I’m still wondering why God blessed us with such grace. Looking back, I’ve learned there are a few principles, which actually work.

The title says these are “easy” and they are in some ways. None of these are hard […] Continue Reading…

7 Biblical Characters and their Leadership Tensions

I know people who shy away from terms such as leadership when talking about church. One comment I hear is they don’t want us to become too business-like. They believe Christ is the leader of the church and we are simply servants under His command.

While I agree with their […] Continue Reading…

How My Personal Prayer Team Is Structured

I once tweeted, “Meeting with my personal prayer team. I’m confident I’ve underestimated their influence in my ministry. Every pastor should have one.”

Following that tweet, I received numerous replies asking me questions about the specifics of who this group is, what they do, how often we meet. I didn’t […] Continue Reading…

3 Paradigms For Hiring the Right Staff

I deal with pastors often who are trying to make leadership decisions. One of the most frequent discussions, and honestly one of the hardest things we do as leaders, is attempting to add quality and qualified staff to the team.

When you go to look for a new staff […] Continue Reading…

7 Secrets to Being a High Achiever

I get asked frequently how I am able to get so much done and still take care of myself and my family.

I pastor a large church. I maintain a separate non-profit ministry, where I speak at various conferences and events. I have an active online presence. I mentor about […] Continue Reading…

10 Difficult Lessons Experience Taught Me

Some of life’s greatest lessons come packaged in a hard personal experience.

I’ve learned a few things in life, but truly, the greatest things I know came through mistakes, failures and disappointments.

Here are 10 hard to learn life lessons:

A “lesson in humility” teaches far more than an “ego boost”.
Often, […] Continue Reading…

12 Challenges for the New Year To Make Your Life Better

The verdict appears mixed among the people I know of whether of not they make resolutions for a new year. And, I understand, many have tried before – it didn’t work – and so now they are like “why bother?”.

I believe there are probably some principles in place as […] Continue Reading…

3 Steps to Setting Achievable Goals

Many people tell me they don’t make resolutions, because they don’t work. They can’t seem to keep them. And, apparently it’s true. Every year I see the same reports telling us how many people don’t keep the resolutions they make. No encouragement there.

So, in the past I have […] Continue Reading…

7 New Year Resolutions Which Could Change Our World

Whether or not you do New Year resolutions, we could all stand to improve some things in our life. And, if we do, I’m confident we could also improve the life of others.

In fact, with a whole lot of improving – it might become contagious – and we might […] Continue Reading…

Start a New Year With A Blank Page

It started like this. Years ago I was explaining to a friend that I was at one of those “trying to discover God’s will” points in my life. I have been there many times before and will be again. His advice was something like, “Maybe you need to start with a blank piece of paper and give God ample space to plan out the rest of your life. Make yourself completely available to Him.” That made a lot of sense. I left our meeting, however, with a very probing question for myself. Did I really have blank piece of paper? […] Continue Reading…