Today’s Tuesday thought comes from John Wooden, the renowned coach nicknamed, the “Wizard of Westwood.” Over a 12 year period as the head coach of the UCLA basketball team, they won 10 NCAA national championships!

To learn more about him, you can check out his site.

Here’s his perspective on leadership:

You have to really love your people to get the most out of them.

John Wooden - Tuesday's Thought

Every Tuesday morning, I’ll be posting an intriguing quote or thought related to ministry, leadership, or culture.

For our very first Tuesday’s Thought, I wanted to share this powerful insight by Wesley Clark, a retired General of the US Army and a former NATO Supreme Allied Commander.

When asked, “What do you make of all the how-to books and seminars on leadership? What true leader would ever take a leadership seminar?” here is his answer as first appeared in this New York Times Magazine Article.

I’ve never met an effective leader who wasn’t aware of his talents and working to sharpen them.

Tuesday's Thought - Wesley Clark and Strengths

How do you decide on transition or change in your life?

  • Do you look at others who are doing what you want to do and try to emulate their steps?
  • Do you think of transition when things get tough at work or in life?

I find that there is a spectrum of change that all humans fall into. On the one end of that spectrum, we love the thrill of the unknown and get excited about change. On the other end, we love stability and are resistant to change.

Where are you on that spectrum?

My intention in this post is not to create a complete framework for discernment or change, nor is it to list out all of the Biblical passages that are relevant towards decision making. This post is intended to help you begin the conversation on how you process change by gleaning insights from this passage.

Don’t let your heart envy sinners; instead, always fear the Lord. For then you will have a future, and your hope will never fade. Listen, my son, and be wise; keep your mind on the right course. (Proverbs 23:17-19 HCSB)

Here are four insights on transition and change from this passage: Continue Reading…

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I was recently interviewed on GroupTalk @ SmallGroupNetwork.com about mid-size communities!

Listen in right HERE.

Carolyn Taketa, the Executive Director for Small Groups at Calvary Community Church, is a friend of mine and she interviewed me about all things mid-size communities.

In this Group Talk, we cover:

  • Creating an environment for those not likely to ever join a small group.
  • Keys to developing mid-size communities (MSC) for greater assimilation, discipleship, and multiplication.
  • How does a mid-size community compliment or conflict with existing SG structures?
  • Why is having a leadership team (instead of a single leader) critical to a healthy MSC?
  • Tips on overcoming leadership resistance to MSCs

I’d love to hear your thoughts and continue this conversation with you!

Be sure to check out the interview here.

In every growing organization, the order in which you hire your next staff member is critical to your growth trajectory. Resources are limited and every staff hour counts. How much more true is this in a non-profit organization like a church? Especially when it’s primarily a volunteer movement?

Is your next hire an administrator or a children’s pastor? Is it a youth worker? A worship leader? A groups pastor?

Peter Drucker, in his book The Effective Executive, gives us timely advice for this question:

One should only have on a team the knowledges and skills that are needed day in and day out for the bulk of the work. Specialists that may be needed once in a while, or that may have to be consulted on this or on that, should always remain outside. It is infinitely cheaper to go to them and consult them against a fee than to have them in the group to say nothing of the impact an underemployed but overskilled man has on the effectiveness of the entire group. All he can do is mischief. (Location 673)

What a great framework to determine who your next hire should be!

After all, “contracting out” various aspects of your ministry is now easier than ever. For example:

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