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Kidmin 2015 Deep Learning Track Notes

Thanks to everyone who came to the deep learning track called Parent Pain Points. A great deal of the content came from my recently published book, Team Up! The Family Ministry Playbook for Partnering with Parents. As promised, below is a link to shortened outline with the main points and quotes from the 4 sessions […]


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Team Up! Partner with Parents with a Web of Support

For years, there’s been a tendency for us to focus solely on church programs and miss helping parents succeed at home. While many of us have heard of the importance of partnering with parents, there’s not always been a clear and practical picture of how to do it. That’s why I wrote Team Up! The Family Ministry Playbook […]


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Leading By Example… When Our Words Are Not Enough

It’s natural for followers to begin to take on the personality, habits, theology, and core values of the leader. Just walk into any organization and you can quickly see what the leadership stands for by seeing the employees at work. If you were to walk into a church, what would the people and culture tell you […]


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A Crucial Leadership Failure Learned from President Obama

This is not a political blog post. This is not an opinion about whether one side is right and the other is wrong. This post is an observation on leadership from an independent British guy who has lived in the United States for the last fourteen years. (As a green card holder, I can’t even […]


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The Importance of Saying “No” to ‘Yes People’.

If you are like me, it always feels good to hear affirmation as a leader. If I am honest, there are times when I wish everyone would agree with my vision, philosophies, and my day-to-day decisions. But, sadly, as a leader that is not the real world… Every leader should expect push-back, criticism, and opposition […]


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Simplify Your Communication to Volunteers and Help Them Succeed!

Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.” — General Colin Powell As a pastor to families, I directly and indirectly oversee staff and volunteers in our children’s and student ministries. With busy volunteers, and with so many competing messages in their […]


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How to Lead and Leverage the Opportunities in Difficult Times

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” ― Winston Churchill No one has ever said that leading people would be easy. Leading all kinds of people to a compelling vision and direction can become messy and challenging at times. Whether it is conflict, misunderstandings, disappointments, or failures, […]


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Leadership Realities: Can Your Weakness Actually Become a Strength?

One the greatest challenges I have faced as a leader is being uneasy with admitting weakness to my followers. There’s just something about admitting a weakness that seems to go against the laws of leadership. But, is that really true? You see, I am experiencing more and more that the inability to admit weakness is […]


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Are You Overlooking Your Biggest Leadership Roadblock?

Last week I had the privilege to spend an evening with a class of college students studying for their youth ministry class. They were an incredibly sharp group and had some brilliant questions for me. Perhaps one of the most challenging but important questions asked of me was: “What have been the biggest roadblocks in […]


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Leadership Refinement: A Necessary and Painful Path of a Leader

Being in a position of leadership in the local church has been incredible for me! As I look back, I am amazed at how much I have learned and how much I have yet to learn about ministry and leadership. Although I use the word “incredible” to describe my journey so far, it’s important to […]


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