Driving a manual car is a dying art. What was once standard – a manual transmission – is quickly being replaced by automatic defaults. While the newer models offer ease for city life, there’s something lost on the engine doing all the thinking for us. Once upon a time, learning to drive was learning […]
Some things matter. Some things don’t. Ultimately, what you pay attention to – what you focus on – will direct your steps. Where are you headed? I think now is the perfect time, if you don’t already have a good idea, to find out. Don’t you? Think about giving up to this point this year. […]
The Weekly Scorecard Breakdown How good are you with directions? I don’t mean active listening to complete a task … I mean getting from point A to point B. I’m lucky enough to travel for engagements all over the U.S., often finding myself in new territory with a tight schedule to keep. Thank goodness the […]
…But Jesus was sleeping. [Matthew 8:24] I am confronted and convicted when I note the number of times the Gospel highlights Jesus’ respect for rest and recuperation. Whether tossed about at sea or on dry land, Jesus is often resting in others’ time of need. He is immune to His disciples’ anxiety and villagers’ […]
Self-Checks Prevent Your Team from Checking Out As a leader, your health impacts your team’s health and the health of your ministry. I want to help you in taking an honest look at where you stand with the basics of self-leadership. I say honest because it’s not enough to know the right things to […]
Keeping Your Vision in Focus Whenever someone asks me for advice on how to achieve better focus, my question to them is what is your focus on? Focus is a vision activity. Just like a camera adjusting from blur to blur until steadied, the big picture for your ministry sharpens only after the focal […]
Tips for Effective Follow-Up People are constantly looking for ways to be more effective. I’ll give you two words to instantly increase productivity in your ministry: follow-up. Focused, intentional follow-up gives purpose and shows priority. The Getting Things Done method, penned by David Allen, is a great inspiration to me. Here are a couple tips […]
Have you ever stopped to ask yourself if you are the greatest barrier to your ministry’s breakthrough? In this video, Zach Clark, Founder and CEO of Development and Leadership Coaching, shares some thoughts to change your paradigm for giving. Redirect your thinking, refocus, and get back on track!
Why and How to Craft Your Message Purpose preceeds process. Plans will change. Strategies will change. Messages evolve. It is critically important to have done the hard work of crafting your message – who your ministry is, how you got there, and what you see the Lord doing in a common language, so that you […]
Setting Limits on Distraction It exhausts you. It diffuses your influence. It drains your energy. It interrupts. It disrupts. I’m not talking about parenthood or the summer intern! I’m talking about email. Right here, right now, make a commitment to increase your productivity by decreasing your susceptibility to multitasking. Vow to minimize your use of…dare […]
The Data You Really Need to Raise More Money There is power in what happens when you look at the right numbers. I have never seen an out-of-the-box database able to give you the exact numbers you need to make decisions as a ministry. I have seen ministries transform their perspective and in turn […]
Are You in the Driver’s Seat? Meeting with people – check. Share your message – check. Challenge people to think and pray about their giving with focused follow-up – check. Now what?! For leaders and/or those who are in the development director role, delivery of information is only part of your responsibility. It’s the GPS. […]
Shepherding Your Time as a Leader Are you extremely productive at unimportant things? We are so capable of being so remarkably busy we can fail to consider the true importance and value of focused work on the right things. It is only through careful prayer and thought that we can hope to clearly see the […]
The How-To’s of Hiring I have great admiration for those who hire well. A mentor of mine, Woody Faulk of Chik-fil-A, has great advice for building staff: “Don’t just hire whoever washes over the bow of the ship. Go out and find great people and slowly, carefully recruit them when you know that they […]
Creating Momentum with Your Small Group Strategy When it comes to development, small groups give new meaning to the familiar saying “strength in numbers!” More growth in giving, less time-intensive work. Effectively working with small groups adds to your ministry’s capacity to grow giving, with a high return on investment for time and energy poured […]
The number one barrier to sustainability for your organization is your time. In this video, Zach Clark, Founder and CEO of Development and Leadership Coaching, shares a quick strategy to get you thinking, refocused, and back on track!
It IS possible for teams to hold each other accountable and move forward at the same time! In this video, Zach Clark, Founder and CEO of Development and Leadership Coaching, shares quick, applicable methods for aligning your team to maximize productivity.
Picture your goal. The goal that is looming. If you’re like most folks, the date – not the goal itself – springs to mind! Write this date down. Say, “hello,” to your pivot point! The pivot point, generally speaking, is the point in the giving year where givers have concluded their giving decisions for […]
Development Assistant Essentials Whether your ministry is introducing a Development Assistant, or expanding your program staff, there must be a clear and focused list of priorities. Work will expand or contract to fill the time available. Today I want to share four ways to streamline development assistant tasks to best benefit your efforts. Instant gratification. […]
Those who see movement in their ministry have figured out follow-up. The work in development is done in the Kingdom of God. People who see results that grow over time, see the fruit of their efforts, and see new resources being unlocked through people’s giving are active in advanced follow-up. Follow-up is not harassing. […]