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Leading People by Building Trust

by Jonathan Cliff I’ve worked for bullies that demanded trust. I’ve worked for weaklings that demanded trust. I’ve worked for very few that legitimately worked to build my trust in them. Trust, like loyalty, is a two way street that oftentimes people are driving three...

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5 Signs It’s Time to Move On

by Carey Nieuwhof So you’re frustrated in your job, ministry or organization. In a previous post, I argued that many people leave their jobs for the wrong reasons. In fact, I think many people leave before their critical breakthrough. And I strongly believe that...

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Leadership Through Problem Solving

by Matt McKee Every person, no matter their job or status or station in life, wants to feel like they are valued and respected. They want to feel like others see them as intelligent and competent. This is a basic human desire, crossing all genders, races, and ages. So...

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The #1 Thing That Makes Pastors Unhappy

by Rob Cizek What makes pastors unhappy? It is so valuable to ask questions of the people you encounter, especially when they are experts in their field. Recently I met a person who makes their living coaching pastors. This is a prominent person with an insider...

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Creating a Culture that Embraces Updates

by Michael Bayne One of my favorite apps on my mac, iPhone, and iPad is Evernote. I use it every day, multiple times a day. If you use the application very long, you will notice that they have frequent updates. It seems like every month (sometimes every other week)...

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Teamwork 101

by Jonathan Cliff It’s impossible to tell people what I do without the words team and teamwork being heard. I work in a church so I work with people that go to that church. I work in those environments for kids and students, so I work with kids and students. That much...

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Not Your Typical Leadership Tips

by Tim Walker I have been in the workplace for over 25 years. I have had good bosses, okay bosses and a handful of horrible ones. I had one boss who was a chain smoker. She would only be in the office for about an hour or two during the entire workday because she took...

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When You Speak to Include, not Exclude

In seminary, you were instructed on how to speak in front of large groups of people. But have you listened to yourself lately? When is the last time you evaluated the terminology and phrasing of your message? Often, when we’ve been in a position for some time, we grow...

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How to Attract Leaders who are Better Than You

by Carey Nieuwhof Today, I’m sharing leadership lessons I’ve picked up from North Point Community Church. The Drive Conference is a leadership incubator and being a partner church of North Point has helped our team at Connexus see and experience world class leadership...

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What is Your Church Doing to Help Marriages?

For almost ten years, Ted Lowe worked as the Director of MarriedLife at North Point Community Church. He and his wife Nancie played a huge role in hosting and planning MarriedLife programs. It was during their time at North Point that they decided they not only wanted...

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Five Reasons to Avoid Questionnaires

Do you like filling out questionnaires? I don’t. The only time I fill them out is when I have no other choice. But what about when it comes to hiring? Is it a good idea to have candidates for your open ministry positions fill out a questionnaire? Traditional churches...

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Before You Start a Search For a Leader

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be addressing some key points to filling a position with the RIGHT leader. There are a number of things that need to happen BEFORE you begin reviewing resumes and interviewing candidates: The first step is a Needs Assessment....

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How to Write a Ministry Resume

The art of job seeking and resume writing is constantly changing. After reviewing thousands at MinisterSearch, I’ve come up with 10 things to consider when writing a resume: Format – as concise, to the point, and easy to read as possible – don’t write a novel...

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