We Owe Single People an Apology
Mar10

We Owe Single People an Apology

We owe single people an apology…and a change. We’ve meant well, but we’ve been wrong. Single people are a treasure to the church and deserve equal status with those of us who are married and/or with children. Not all, but many churches pass them over for leadership opportunities, staff hires, or key roles of service in the Kingdom. Tie goes to the married person. We preachers too often leave them out of our...

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Replacing a Great Leader Without Replacing Them
Jan06

Replacing a Great Leader Without Replacing Them

Have you ever wondered why it is so hard to replace a great leader? We often think it’s the unique gifts of that leader that will be difficult to replace—so, we seek a leader with similar gifts to replace them. We believe our church, organizations, etc., needs those gifts to survive. Sometimes, that may be the case. But not usually. Usually, there is a leadership system in place that requires those gifts in a single person—that’s why...

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My Top 10 Posts of 2013
Dec30

My Top 10 Posts of 2013

Below is a list of my top 10 most popular blog posts of 2013. Thank you so much for reading this blog and for caring about your growth as a Christian and/or church leader. Every blogger has moments when she or he asks whether it’s worth it to make oneself vulnerable through an outlet like this—and whether or not the work involved in blogging is worth it. Your readership this year has encouraged me greatly. I’ve been blogging for...

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Do You Like Who You Work With?
Nov19

Do You Like Who You Work With?

I do. That’s a rarer-than-it-should-be blessing in ministry. While it’s possible to serve the Lord with people you don’t really like, it’s rare that such a ministry partnership yields the best results. Even if you get equal results working with people you didn’t like–why would you want to do it that way? You’ll work twice as hard, and enjoy it half as much to get those results. If you...

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Friday Stream of Consciousness – 100
Nov15

Friday Stream of Consciousness – 100

Here are some things on my mind this Friday: Happy 100th weekaversary to this feature of New Vintage Leadership. This weekly column has actually been going longer than this, and ran for quite a while under different names for years before I made it a weekly feature. I started doing it for three reasons: 1) Fridays are good for lighter stuff. 2) I felt it proper to “let my guard down” some rather than just shooting off...

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