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My wife had a creative way of motivating our children when they were young. - No, it was not capital punishment.  Our house was elaborately decorated with bright colored wall charts. Each contained smiley faces, check marks, smurf stickers or whatever inanimate creature du jour would motivate them to clean their rooms or take out the trash. It was a…

Leadership is an art rather than an exact science. There is no such thing as three easy steps to successful leadership. Leaders work at leadership and pray for wisdom beyond their years, realizing they are responsible for the over-site of people’s lives. During my leadership tenure, I have made my share of mistakes. Some were correctable, while others were weighted…

Who is Gen Z? How do they think? How likely are they to change the world? Are they spiritual? Can they bring the next Great Awakening? I discuss these and other topics in this podcast. Take a few minutes to listen and give me your thoughts: Podcast: Does Gen Z Have What It Take?

I always check the expiration date on the milk carton, which made it a sickening surprise when I drank the soured milk! I knew it was not polite, but my natural reflex overruled my etiquette. I like milk, but it has an expiration date. Technology is amazing, but every time I think I have the fastest computer or smartest phone,…

A burden for ministry may take you to a place of service, but only a love for Jesus will keep you there. Cultivating your personal spiritual walk is not a bullet point on your ministry training checklist; it is the source of life and ministry. Notice what Ezra (ca. 450 BC) did when he went to rebuild the temple. From…

The average tenure for teachers of the eighth-grade boys Sunday School class was two to four months. I don’t think the boys actually conspired together, contriving evil plots for the teacher’s demise. They did however possess a ‘pack instinct’ when they smelled the fresh blood of a rookie. I learned this information after I agreed to take the class. I…

Alex Haley has been credited with saying, “Anytime you see a turtle up on top of a fence post, you know he had some help.” I have heard a dozen variations of the quote as it relates to leadership. However, all of them infer the same thing…all potential leaders need help to become leaders. Most people may be presented with…

The suspense kept you on the edge of your seat as you watched the lone actress winding her way down the dark alley. It was obvious from the intensifying music that tragedy was eminent. With each step, the tension mounted for the character…and for you, knowing at any moment the enemy would step from the shadows to attack. Enemies, bad…

A leadership reproducing ministry is attractional and attractional ministry is believable. A ministry like this naturally reproduces quality leaders without lowering the bar or qualifications of leadership. Demonstrating the positive side of ministry is vital in an attractional ministry. Transparency is a safeguard from projecting an image potential young leaders may see as unobtainable or unbelievable. Young leaders can be…

Effective mentors of “Next-Gen” leadership are committed to teaching Process not just creating the end Product. However, the development of a young, godly leader requires a life-on-life encounter. We consistently see Jesus implementing this approach as He would answer a question with a question, forcing people to think (Matthew 13:10 –ff, Luke 7:36-50; 24:13-27). Yes, there were times when He gave clear answers,…

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