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Category: Leadership

Stop Being Limited By Leadership Scars

by Shawn Lovejoy: I have lots of scars. I have torn both ACL’s, the major ligament in each knee; I have a scar on top of my head from the time I had to get ten stitches because a PAIR of horseshoes fell on my head (long story, but it […]

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7 tips to eliminate boring from your sermons (and avoid writer’s block)

by Carey Nieuwhof: Ever write a message or talk that even you suspected was boring? That’s exactly where I found myself a while back. I’d outlined my message for our current series weeks ago, but when I went back into it 6 days before delivery, I realized I’d written a […]

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4 ways conflict can help your church (and people) GROW

From Carey Nieuwhof: This is a guest blog post by Dillon Smith. Dillon is my content manager and is a member of my new Speaking Team. You can book Dillon to speak at your next event here. By Dillon Smith It’s true, I hate conflict. Maybe you do too. Your heart rate […]

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5 Signs You’re No Longer Inspiring Your Team

by Carey Nieuwhof: Leadership is hard. I totally get that, because I’ve been in it for over two decades. But to be perfectly honest, leadership never gets easy. The reason it’s never easy is because what’s hard keeps changing. You solve one problem, and now a new, likely larger on […]

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CNLP 281: Heather Zempel with an Inside Look at Washington DC and Ministry Trends Among Young Adults and Post-Christian Culture

by Carey Nieuwhof: Heather Zempel is a biological engineer who started working as a policy advisor to a US Senator on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. She now works with Mark Batterson doing ministry on Capitol Hill. In a wide ranging interview, Heather describes the culture in DC during the […]

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How You’re Holding Back Your Team & 4 Reasons to Release Them

This is a guest blog post by Jenni Catron. Jenni is Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group and is a member of my new Speaking Team. You can book Jenni to consult with your team or speak at your next event here. By Jenni Catron Someone may be holding back your team. […]

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CNLP 280: Ron Edmondson on The Essentials For Helping a Stagnant Church Grow Again, How to Handle Your Critics, and the Changing Landscape of Leadership

by Carey Nieuwhof: It’s easy to write off a stuck or plateaued church as irrelevant or bound to close, but that’s not what happened when Ron Edmondson became senior pastor of a church of 1000 in Lexington Kentucky. Under Ron’s leadership, Immanuel Baptist grew from 1000 attenders to over 3000 […]

How To Stop Wasting Your Time

by Shawn Lovejoy: Everyone is busy. The temptation is to think that just because we’re very busy, that we’re being effective, or productive. Let me be clear: Busy or not, if you are not being productive…you are wasting your time! I am more convinced than ever before, that we can […]

Five Encouragements For When You Hit The Dog Days of Summer in Ministry!

by Stan Rodda: We are getting to that point in the summer where I start to worry for my friends in ministry. It’s late in the summer and we are not okay. If you have been in ministry for about six or seven seconds, you know how depressing that dashboard […]

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5 ways to lead when you’re not the senior leader

by Carey Nieuwhof: If you were in charge, everything would be different, wouldn’t it? But you’re not. At least not yet. You think you’re right (you have some great ideas). And you’ll do anything to convince your boss to do what you think your church or organization needs to do. […]