Recording personal reflections is a discipline I have worked to develop over the years. I believe knowing where I’ve come from helps inform where and how I move forward.
In your budgeting spreadsheet, how much have you accounted for the amount of influence you have on those around you? Today is the day to reinvent and reimagine your impact!
Momentum has to start somewhere! Encourage your board to be the catalyst to bring about change and growth in your organization and its impact with these 2 challenges.
When it comes to year-end appeals, the important thing is focusing on those who have not yet given this year.
In development, we get out what we’re willing to put in. How are you utilizing your board members and committees? There’s untapped potential – let’s tap into it in 3 ways today!
You are the general of your ministry organization. It’s time to enter the war room and not reemerge until you draw up war plans. What does this mean? Two steps, endless possibilities!
When you ask a question, there is power in the answer. Are you listening? Are you harnessing it? One notebook has the potential to guide you to do just that!
I often hear complaints from development and advancement directors and teams working with faith-based nonprofit organizations, schools, and missions. “Our board doesn’t get involved.” “Our board doesn’t contribute.” You’re bored… with your board. At times, this can be completely confounding. The Christian mindset is to build one another up, to defend the widows and the […]
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, “Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.” As leaders, we carry the amazing responsibility of raising others up to stand on level ground, and even to push them above and beyond. In so many areas of our faith, we are encouraged to think […]
From the outside, as I hiked with several leaders after a long and productive day, it likely looked like I was a diligent, structured, disciplined person. I say this because several people commented on just that. However, that was merely a reaction to evidence available at the moment. I love discipline. I admire it. I […]
Many of you have reached out with the same basic, but ever so complicated, question: What do we do now? Although many things remain to be sorted out, we have three important steps for you and your organizations to take today for a stronger tomorrow. Update Timelines At this point we have no way of […]
With the end of the year approaching, you are in a unique position for your ministry. I’d even go so far as to say the strongest position you could possibly be in come December. If anyone has giving decisions remaining to make before now and the end of the year, they are likely to find […]
Strength stands on the shoulders of those who came before us. Years ago, I learned a formula that has changed my life. As a driven individual I can be guilty at times of being so focused I settle for nothing short of perfection. There was a time when I would rather have taken no action […]
Calling all Marthas! Jesus gave credit where credit was due for Mary’s focus on the importance of time spent with our Savior. I’ve considered, however, from time to time, the number of people who give the Marthas of the world a bad name. There’s something to be said for the gift of hospitality. We all […]
The New Year has arrived and many of us are rested, wide-eyed and bushy tailed running on the energy that springs the promise of a fresh start! Are you ready to harness it? Let’s dive into 2019 headfirst by setting our ministries up for year-long success with some simple but applicable exercises. Work with […]
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. […]
Reinforcing the Basics | Building Your Skillset If you are like me, you are thinking a lot about your goals for this year. As this year comes to a close, now is the perfect time to refocus on essentials while expanding on potential. Let’s talk about advancement planning and what it can do for your […]
Are you stuck in the planning phase of the work you do through your ministry? In this video, Zach Clark, Founder of Development and Leadership Coaching, shares some questions you need to ask in order to help you take action, and get the right information in front of people who could make a big […]
Planning for the year ahead is not just for ‘Type A’ people. Planning is really part of how we do what we do as leaders. It is part of a lifestyle of leadership, and great planning starts with great questions. When it comes to planning, we encourage people to create a file, […]
The reports keep coming in from leaders who experienced record giving last year. These are ordinary people who are called to lead in an extraordinary way. What did they do differently than others? Did they have a more compelling need? Did they just try harder? Maybe God just likes them better? No. They had a […]