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Coaching: Four Days in the Sunshine Morph Into a Consulting Business

Four days in the sunshine seemed like a good idea to Don Cruickshank. When the Canadian resident needed a few more credits to finish coursework for his Masters in Leadership and Management (MALM) at Briercrest Seminary, a Google search led him to the ...

“Each Day Is a Second Chance”: Leukemia Survivor on Stewarding Your Time and Strengths

“I’ve always tried to be intentional about stewarding my strengths well,” says veteran ministry leader Carmen Pate. “But I needed motivation to become a good steward of the time God has given me.” Carmen has served in roles from president t ...

Leadership: New Tool Avoids the Guesswork for Leaders in Setting Priorities

Brandon Schaefer enjoyed success during his working years in the corporate world, yet he struggled to understand how to apply biblical principles to his professional priorities. “As leaders and individuals, we know our weaknesses,” he says. “Bu ...

Coaching: My Favorite Assessment Tool

LFYS Sets Up Teams and Individuals for Success – Every Time By Olga Messios As a human resources professional and a leadership coach, I am always looking for good tools – in fact, I’m certified to administer several well-known cross-cultural, s ...

Guest Post: How To Handle Seasons Of Insecurity As A Pastor

By Dale Sellers A popular saying among those in ministry is that the majority of pastors in America resign every Monday. Or at least they seriously consider it! After serving in ministry for over thirty-five years, I can say that I completely underst ...

Leadership: Building Ministry Leaders for the Long Game at CCV

Today, Christ’s Church of the Valley (Peoria, AZ) is known as one of the largest, most dynamic multi-site churches in the U.S. But during its initial expansion about a decade ago, the staff discovered a startling fact: ministry talent was in short ...

How to Find Your Fit: 3 Clues to Your Calling

Guest Post By Gabe Kolstad One key skill separates effective leaders from ineffective ones: the ability to find their fit. According to the American Institute of Stress, “job-fit” is a leading factor in workplace satisfaction and performa ...

Family: Martha Gets a Bad Rap

Guest Post by Pam Taylor One reason we experience stress in our family and in relationships is our differences. God created each of us with different personality types and different spiritual gifts. We subconsciously expect people – even family mem ...

Guest Post: The Truth About Culture and Strategy

Why Ministries Need to Rethink a Common Mantra  By Dale Sellers There is a popular phrase often attributed to iconic management consultant Peter Drucker (1909-2005) that says, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” After careful research, I disc ...

Leadership: LFYS Unifies Church Team and Becomes Standard Operating Procedure

“Fifty percent of my time is dedicated to leadership development,” says Steve Bush, who joined the staff of Real Life Christian Church (Clermont, FL) as administrative pastor after more than four decades in business. From his experience as a CEO, ...
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