How to Truly Practice the Discipline of Gratitude

How to Truly Practice the Discipline of Gratitude

CS Lewis once said, “Joy is the serious business of heaven.” It’s true. We need to get more serious about our celebration! Repeatedly, the bible urges us to rejoice, suggesting that we have a say in the matter. Yet, some people think of joy like they think of the flu:...
3 Phrases that will SCARE off Volunteer Leaders

3 Phrases that will SCARE off Volunteer Leaders

Hint: “We’re not going to pay you” didn’t make the list! At the time I’m writing this, it’s Halloween, a time of year when normal law-abiding citizens turn scaring little trick-or-treaters into an art form. It’s also a time when many pastors and ministry leaders...
How Understanding Momentum Can Help Your Church Grow

How Understanding Momentum Can Help Your Church Grow

As you look across your ministry, where do you have momentum? Where do you lack momentum? And what the heck is momentum? We typically recognize it by experience and not definition. We feel it in a sporting contest when everything starts going your team’s way. Or in a...
9 Resiliency Practices for Transcendent Leaders

9 Resiliency Practices for Transcendent Leaders

I have been a pastor for almost 30 years. I’ve seen it all. I recently heard a young staff person say, “You have no idea what It’s like to have ministry stress like I have.” Actually… well I’ll leave that there for a minute. It got me thinking about the difference...
Soul Care for Christian Leaders

Soul Care for Christian Leaders

Many Christians and especially pastors are doing God’s work at a pace that is destroying the work of God in our own souls. While we are diving deep into preaching and leading and helping others, we are just barely skimming the surface when it comes to our spiritual...
Proactive vs. Reactive Leadership

Proactive vs. Reactive Leadership

One of the most challenging aspects of leading in ministry is spending time and energy reacting to everything that’s being thrown at you. Reacting to the constant drumbeat of another Sunday coming, reacting to moral failures and personal crises, reacting to meetings...
Leading Through Insecurity

Leading Through Insecurity

Insecurity is a normal emotion when we’re exposed to something new or something that seems beyond us. However, if we’re not careful as leaders, it can create drama, havoc and pain in the lives of those we lead. In this video, Pastor Derek Sanford discusses the...
The #1 Way to Thank Your Volunteers this Labor Day

The #1 Way to Thank Your Volunteers this Labor Day

Labor Day was celebrated first time nationwide in our country in 1894. And here we are in 2022, the US workforce feels as unpredictable as ever. I don’t know if you’ve tried to hire anyone lately, but there may not be another time in my lifetime when I’ve been more...