Culture of Honor

I have had a few conversations recently with leaders about building a culture of honor among staff. How do we build a biblical culture of honor—one not just built on status or position but on valuing one another? The foundation for building a culture of...

Tasteless Salt and Invisible Light

Experts say that the strongest cue for waking up isn’t sound but light. Our brains process light as the surest sign that it’s time to be awake. Salt, something that most people consider to be a common household item, is a useful substance for many things...

How Are Your Relationships?

A few weeks ago, I had the honor of speaking with Dave Hess, who leads campus ministry efforts for Freedom Church in Philadelphia and serves as a regional director for Every Nation Campus North America. Dave asked me to join his podcast to speak about...

When to Break the Rules

As leaders, we tend to love the type of church or ministry members who are “all in.” The more committed, the better, right? Maybe; maybe not. After reading Mark 2–3 the other day, I realized that in the gospels, those who often received the harshest rebuke...

Top Priority: Worship or Mission?

There is a tension between worship and mission. Many of you have probably experienced this tension at some point in time as you were figuring out a next step or direction for your life. Do we wait on the Lord until we get clear direction, or do we go on...

When to Ignore Best Practices

There are aisles and aisles of books dedicated to explaining best practices for organizations, businesses, ministries, etc. I’m grateful for them because they can be helpful and informative. But there are also times when we should completely ignore best...

Following a G.O.A.T.

As a ministry or church leader, can you imagine following the G.O.A.T.—the Greatest Of All Time? Can you imagine having to measure up to the standards and expectations this leader set? When I look at leadership G.O.A.T.s in the Bible—those who were fully...

When Hope is too Small

First century Jews expected their messiah to ride a chariot, or maybe a warhorse, but not a young donkey. Then here comes Jesus on a donkey. I imagine the disciples were disappointed, maybe embarrassed. Like most Jews in that day, the disciples hoped for a...

Called by God

A few weeks ago, I was reading Genesis during my morning devotions and immediately paused at Genesis 12:1–4. As I read about Abram and the call of God on his life, I saw a lot of applications for the call to vocational ministry. Here are three descriptions...