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“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 ...

Are You Hearing from God? Take a Day of Solitude

By Don Ankenbrandt* As a new believer, I was eager to grow and learn as much as I could. During that time, I attended a weekend retreat led by Dan DeHaan, who challenged me to spend one day a month in solitude with the Lord to learn to hear His voice ...

Leadership: Exhausted? Maybe You’re Having To Adapt – Rather than Leading From Your Strengths

Nancy Hoffman Explains How She Discovered How to Be Proactive in Using Her Strengths Nancy Hoffman was exhausted, but she did not know why. And there was no medical explanation. She had flourished over the years in her roles as a management consultan ...

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 ...

Guest Post: Yes, You CAN Cast Vision Effectively

3 Roadblocks That Leaders Can Overcome By Dale Sellers* I knew the day was coming—I’d been sensing it for some time. Our church had been cruising along for years, experiencing steady growth and a vibrant community anchored around a strong vision. ...

Guest Post: A Healthy Team Plans Together

One Multisite Church’s Story of Simplifying Communications Guest Post by Judy Stallwitz* Our staff loves each other. We’re a healthy team that balances humility and willfulness. But just like maintaining a healthy diet or a healthy marriage, ...

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 ...
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