As leaders the defining moment of our lives/roles is not how well we have led our churches, organizations, & businesses when things are going well – it is when we are at a crossroads – it is when a crisis hits – it is when you know the right next move & everyone is saying “you are crazy”. It is in those moments that we will either move forward with courage or shrink back in fear, and it is those moments that will define our lives & our leadership years from now.

Here is a great podcast from Andy Stanley, pastor of North Point church in Alpharetta, Ga, in which he shares 4 defining moments of courage in leadership.

Enjoy! And please “reply” with your Top 5 takeaways for you, your ministry, and/or church.

***Use this link to listen online or download – Courage in Leadership (to download – right click link & “save as”)

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As leaders – whether it be a church, ministry, business, organization, or even a home – I am a huge proponent of all of us honing in, focusing on, & doing the few things we are really gifted at to the best of our abilities. We need to strive to kick butt at a few things, rather than doing 20 things half way. It’s the power of focus.

Here is the 2nd part of a great podcast from Andy Stanley, pastor of North Point church in Alpharetta, Ga, in which he challenges all leaders with some very practical tips to help us “play to our strengths & delegate our weaknesses. This was a great reminder for me in some areas & challenged the heck out of me in some others. (BTW: If you missed When Less Is More – Part 1 go back & listen to it first) Enjoy!

And please “reply” with your Top 5 takeaways for you, your ministry, and/or church.

***Use this link to listen online or download – When Less Is More – Part 2 (to download – right click link & “save as”)

As leaders – whether it be a church, ministry, business, organization, or even a home – I am a huge proponent of all of us honing in, focusing on, & doing the few things we are really gifted at to the best of our abilities. We need to strive to kick butt at a few things, rather than doing 20 things half way. It’s the power of focus.

Here is a great podcast from Andy Stanley, pastor of North Point church in Alpharetta, Ga, in which he challenges all leaders with some very practical tips to help us “play to our strengths & delegate our weaknesses. This was a great reminder for me in some areas & challenged the heck out of me in some others. Enjoy!

And please “reply” with your Top 5 takeaways for you, your ministry, and/or church.

***Use this link to listen online or download – When Less Is More (to download – right click link & “save as”)

At every stage of our life, ministry & church – we as leaders have to step back & re-evaluate everything. What worked last year in our life & relationships – may not work today. What worked a year or two ago in our ministry and church – may not work or be as effective today. What helped reach people for Jesus and grow your church to 250 – will not work to push past 500, 750, 1000 and beyond.

Here is a brief, but very good, podcast from Nelson Searcy, pastor of the Journey church in New York City & president of Church Leader Insights, in which he shares some very practical tips for helping all of us step back, re-evaluate, change our thinking, etc in order to help us go to the next level.

Enjoy! And please “reply” with your Top 5 takeaways for you, your ministry, and/or church.

***Use this link to listen online or download – How Leaders of Growing Churches Think – Searcy (to download – right click link & “save as”)

Normally, when I talk with pastors & ministry leaders about reducing stress & finding a healthy pace of life & ministry – I will encounter blank stares and/or laughter. Leading & ministering in church settings is a very stressful thing. You have deadlines, the demands & needs of 100’s of people, let alone the pressure we put on ourselves to produce at a certain level because we are “doing it for God”. Managing life, ministry, & family is a daunting challenge even for the best of us.

I encourage you to listen to a previous post on this site called “Healthy Leadership” – it was a very powerful, life-changing challenge from my friend Shawn Lovejoy.

Here is a great podcast in which Nelson Searcy, pastor of the Journey church in New York City & president of Church Leader Insights, shares some very practical tips for managing the stress of ministry.

Enjoy! And please “reply” with your Top 5 takeaways for you, your ministry, and/or church.

***Use this link to listen online or download – Managing_the_Stress_of_Ministry (to download – right click link & “save as”)

Here is a message my friend, Shawn Lovejoy, gave at “Velocity Conference” a couple years ago. In this message he challenges all of us pastors & ministry leaders to focus on our own spiritual, emotional, relational, & physical health. We cannot lead people to where we are not!

I have yet to meet a pastor or ministry leader who this message hasn’t really hit home with. This is one I definitely encourage you to listen to a few times & really grab a hold of the message here.

It will dramatically change your life & ministry.

BTW: The next Velocity Conference is coming up next week – Feb. 27-28. It at all possible you need to be there.

***Use this link to listen online or download – Healthy Leadership – Shawn Lovejoy  (to download – right click link & “save as”)

Enjoy! And please “reply” with your Top 5 takeaways for you, your ministry, and/or church.

One of the greatest areas of tension & frustration in most churches is in the area of worship. Whether it be the style, focus, & substance of music, or dealing with the “personality types” involved, or in keeping the senior pastor, worship leader, & team “on the same page” with regards to the vision, purpose, & values that God has given their church. Worship, and everything that it entails, is a real challenge in most churches.

Here is a very good podcast from the worship leaders & pastor of Fellowship Church. There’s a lot of very practical & helpful insight & ideas which will greatly help any pastor, worship leader, member of a worship team, or any Christian for that matter.

***Use this link to listen online or download – Worship Gone Wild  (to download – right click link & “save as”)

Enjoy! And please “reply” with your Top 5 takeaways for you, your ministry, and/or church.