There are a lot of methods churches are using today to reach people and bring them into the church — cool lights, haze machines during worship, a coffee shop in the lobby, shorter service times, and creative stage props. All these are fine to do, but they will eventually become ineffective if the church isn’t continuously expanding their base of leaders.

Let me share an example Pastor Wayne Cordeiro gives that illustrates this point well. Imagine that I hold out a 1-square-foot piece of cardboard, and I slowly empty a bucket of white sand onto it. The sand will accumulate, and as

Hiring The Right Person

Is your organization or ministry at a standstill? Can’t seem to breakthrough to the next level?  

One of the anchors holding your ministry or organization back could be you don’t have the right people on your team. In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins says, “Get the right people on the bus and the wrong people off the bus.” It’s essential that leaders be rigorous in their selection process for inviting new people to join their team.

Recently a ministry leader called to share with me his vision and goals for his ministry and seek my counsel on

These two terms are often used interchangeably but they are really quite different from one another. The manager’s job is to plan, organize, and coordinate, while the leader’s job is to inspire and motivate. In his 1989 book “On Becoming a Leader,” Warren Bennis composed a list of the distinctions:

  • The manager administers; the leader innovates.
  • The manager imitates; the leader originates.
  • The manager thinks short term; the leader thinks long-term.
  • The manager maintains; the leader develops.
  • A manager focuses on systems and structure; the leader focuses on people.

    Anyone who knows me well, knows of my deep and abiding love for — and commitment to — Israel. I have traveled to the Land of the Bible more than 20 times and never grow tired of visiting the biblical sites I have read about since my youth. Over the years, I have also developed many strong relationships in Israel and consider my Israeli acquaintances to be good and true friends. 

    When the American Christian Leaders For Israel, an extension of the US Branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, asked Christian leaders to sign a letter to the presidential

    Expectation of Excellence

    The other day I was talking with a client about what information needed to go on their website.  When a potentially thorny issue was being discussed for inclusion on the site, I thought of the following true story.

    There was a car wash in Decatur, Ill., where I used to live. When it first opened it was very popular. One day someone claimed their car was scratched by the brushes; in response the owner put up a sign: “Not responsible for scratches to your vehicle.” Soon someone claimed that the brushes bent their antenna; the owner put up another sign