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Why a Culture Fit is Important

by David Lyons You may be thinking, If a candidate has great qualifications, why should a cultural fit matter? Just because a candidate has excellent qualifications, experience, and even the same doctrinal beliefs, does not mean that they are the right candidate for...

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When People Walk Away

by Michael Bayne It’s very hard to watch people walk away from the ministry, organization, or church you lead. People are going to walk away and for many reasons. What matters most when people leave is how we respond. When I think about people leaving the ministry I...

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Replacing the Great Leader

by Jonathan Cliff We work with some amazing leaders, all of us do. There are dynamic all-stars all around us. They create safe places for kids and students to grow up. They give of their time, willingly by the way. They lean into our kids on the issues that matter....

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Don’t Fear Judgment

by Matt McKee In my life, I have plenty of experience with setting myself up for judgment. I used to audition for plays; I put my application in for jobs that I wasn’t really qualified for; I often speak in front of large audiences; and a while back, I even auditioned...

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Don't Fear Judgment

by Matt McKee In my life, I have plenty of experience with setting myself up for judgment. I used to audition for plays; I put my application in for jobs that I wasn’t really qualified for; I often speak in front of large audiences; and a while back, I even auditioned...

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What’s Your Motivation for Change?

by Michael Bayne What’s your motivation for implementing CHANGE in your organization? I think this is a question we need to ask ourselves constantly as we lead the staff and volunteers around us. A healthy organization, ministry, non-profit is one that utilizes change...

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What's Your Motivation for Change?

by Michael Bayne What’s your motivation for implementing CHANGE in your organization? I think this is a question we need to ask ourselves constantly as we lead the staff and volunteers around us. A healthy organization, ministry, non-profit is one that utilizes change...

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5 Signs You're a Boss and Not a Leader

by Matt McKee I don’t like the word boss. It has an implication of domination, superiority, and arrogance. Think of it in terms of the adjective “bossy” – controlling, arrogant, overbearing. If you have to say you’re the boss, then you have already lost. I prefer to...

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5 Signs You’re a Boss and Not a Leader

by Matt McKee I don’t like the word boss. It has an implication of domination, superiority, and arrogance. Think of it in terms of the adjective “bossy” – controlling, arrogant, overbearing. If you have to say you’re the boss, then you have already lost. I prefer to...

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Seeking God’s Will During the Hiring Process

by David Lyons The search process, with all of its evaluations, needs assessments, budgets, and procedures, can come across as clinical sometimes. For this reason, I want to reassure you that the entire process of staffing your church or ministry should not neglect...

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Profiling the Candidate

by David Lyons Too often a church doesn’t have a clear picture in mind of the type of person they need or are looking to fill a role. During the Discovery Phase, writing a narrative that describes the person you are looking for can be a big help. This involves getting...

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The Discovery Phase

by David Lyons Before you begin the process of getting the word out about your open position, there are several items to consider. This is called the Discovery Phase or sometimes a needs assessment. During this phase, a church must compile all the information...

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Eight Implications of Aging Boomer Pastors and Church Staff

by Thom Rainer On January 1, 2011, the first baby boomers turned 65. On that day, 10,000 boomers reached that milestone. In fact, 10,000 boomers are turning 65 every day, and will continue to do so for a total of 19 consecutive years. The implications are staggering...

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10 Things Leaders Learn When They Mentor

by Rob Cizek Everywhere you turn someone is encouraging mentoring in leadership. The value to the mentee is obvious. What isn’t so apparent is the value received by the mentor. This week is a milestone for our family. Our daughter just received her driver license. For...

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Small Matters

by Michael Bayne We live in a culture where “big” seems to matter the most. People want big important jobs. People love living in neighborhoods with big houses. We love the big city with lots of buzz. We love to talk about our big goals and big plans. If you are in...

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