Leadership Snapshots

Effective leaders work hard to keep their promises.

I start with a confession. When Tim Wallingford asked me to contribute to this series on leadership, he allowed me to take my pick among several possible topics, all good ones. I opted for the easy way out. This one–“Effective leaders work hard to keep their promises”—struck me as a no-brainer. Of course they do! …

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Leadership is seeing hope in any adversity.

In “Bridging the Diversity Gap”, the author, an African-American who serves as a Pastor in a multi-ethnic congregation, sets the tone and direction of his book by making an interesting comment. He is sharing his general attitude toward life when he writes, “Learning to navigate lament defines my journey.” I was struck by that phrase. …

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The best leaders create a team with the necessary gifts to tackle the challenge.

Whenever you have the privilege of working with a team where everything just clicks, you need to be very grateful.  It can be an invigorating and positive experience when there is synergy and the group dynamic is such that goals are achieved and your ministry moves forward.  Unfortunately, you sometimes have interpersonal conflict that goes …

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In Every Problem, there is Always an Opportunity

Innovation is seldom linear. It lurches forward erratically rather than progressing in predictable stair-steps. Craig Groeschell tells the story of YouVersion. Originally it was designed for a personal computer along the lines of BlueLetterBible or Bible Gateway. It was an utter failure. Only when if failed did they pivot to make it an app for …

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