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  • Do You Have a “Difficult to Appreciate” Co-Worker? Let’s be honest, some people are more difficult to work with than others. There are weird people; angry, irritable colleagues; and people we just don’t understand. And appreciating these individuals can be even more challenging. Let me share a few tips on communicating appreciation to a “difficult” colleague: Don’t try to fake it. Whatever ...   Read More
  • “Do You Love Me?” (John 21:17). Several questions come to mind as we read this passage (John 21:15-17): Why did Jesus ask Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Because Peter denied him three times. Why did he do this publicly? Because Peter denied him publicly. The other disciples needed to hear Peter openly declare his love for Christ. Without hearing those words, the doubts would linger forever. The man who had been so ...   Read More
  • One of the most common questions I receive from others in ministry is about discerning whether to leave a ministry position. I’ve written about this subject a number of times, because I know all of us deal with it at some point in our journey. The question which should follow close behind, but I rarely receive, is how to actually leave a position well. I am grateful when I receive it. Here’s one I received not long ago. I’ve omitted ...   Read More
  • Looking for a new church job can be an exciting time in a job seeker’s life. Unfortunately, it can also be a little difficult as you determine where to transition next. While it can be easy to get caught up in daydreaming about where you’ll land in this next season of ministry, it is vitally important to understand why you’re looking for a new church job. Understanding your motive behind searching for a new role will be beneficial ...   Read More
  • Confidence on the Crooked Road In God’s metanarrative of grace, there is a world of difference between certainty and confidence. Certainty means I know what will happen next, and I don’t. I might have an idea and make my plans accordingly, but the truth is I really do not know what is coming next. Some seasons of my life I’m even more aware of these uncertainties than others. But confidence means I trust what will happen ...   Read More
  • I want to be bold. I want to live a life that makes a difference and one where people don’t have to wonder who I really am or what I believe. I think that’s good. Right? Lately, as I study the scriptures, I have been encouraged by the boldness of Jesus and his followers. Interestingly, what is standing out to me is what boldness is not. As a personality expert, I spend an abnormal amount of time analyzing my personality type and it ...   Read More
  • How to Have Joy on the Job

    By: Mike Slaughter
    We know from the account of the earliest days in the garden of Eden that God designed us for work, for laboring and producing fruits from what God has provided via creation. Genesis 2:15 notes, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Psalm 128:2 assures us that we “will eat the fruit of our labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.” Solomon reminds us in Ecclesiastes ...   Read More
  • Don’t Just Do Something… Stand There! Some years back, I was meeting with my accountability group at Panera, as was the normal Monday morning ritual. While we were talking, we heard a muffled crash followed by a loud "thump!" We looked over and a man who was likely in his mid-60s had tripped and fallen, knocking his head against the metal frame of the commercial grade windows. As some people rushed to the man's assistance, I blurted ...   Read More
  • Leadership is a thriving business. It has been for decades, despite its very meager return on investment. Over 300,000 books have been written on leadership, but where are all the great leaders?  A startling 86% of global respondents to the Survey on the Global Agenda agree that we have a worldwide leadership crisis. A poll conducted by the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University shows that 70% of Americans blame leadership crisis ...   Read More
  • Over the past year and a half, I have been knee-deep in Peter G. Northouse’s book, Leadership: Theory and Practice. One of the chapters of this book deals with what Northouse calls a "contingency theory" behind great organizational leadership. He states that "effective leadership is often contingent on matching a leader’s style to the right setting." Regardless of an individual’s personal character traits, acquired skills, competencies, ...   Read More
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