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Five questions for every young leader to ask

A leader once told me “every great fall is preceded by a series of small missteps.” These words became real to me as I saw four of the pastors on our staff experience moral failures in the first two years of vocational ministry. They all exited the ministry. I...

The right way to pick a leader’s brain by Alan Briggs

Let me guess; you admire a leader and want to get together with them to “pick their brain”. You want to extract their best info, insider secrets and tips on how to get where they are. It’s a sound plan, but here’s the problem; dozens of others want to pick their brain...

What does it take to write a book? by Alan Briggs

I recently read this for a friend at his book release party... There are few art forms lonelier than writing a book. Writing a book is a marathon on a cold, dark night. You can see your breath and your feet slide across the ice from time to time. Your light grows dim...

The Time Tool I thought Didn’t Exist by Jonathan Collier

I have never, ever, enjoyed filling out daily planners. Having my day regimented into tiny blocks of time just didn’t work for me. I still get anxious thinking about having to do it. If I’m being honest, those generic tools don’t really accomplish much, and if it were...

It’s time to flip the conference model by Alan Briggs

It felt wrong. It was my first time, but since then it's become a habit. I used to think I should break this dirty habit, but now I don't want to. Here's my confession; I skip a lot of conference sessions for conversations. There, I said it. Don't act like you haven't...

It’s time to talk about pastors and money by Alan Briggs

I hate when pastor scandals break in the news. We’ve come to expect these headlines will involve sexual sin or destructive pride, but occasionally a story breaks of a pastor who was money-hungry. These financial scandals grieve me on two levels; the damage this causes...

Failure isn’t the end; it’s initiation by Alan Briggs

You’re gazing across the chasm. There’s a risk you’re considering, but you’re staring failure in the face. You’re sizing it up and wondering if it’s worth it. You want to accomplish something of meaning, but you’re feeling the weight of the risk. You have a backup...

Get back on the Horse; A guest post from Michael Larson

Get back on the horse. We’ve heard it before, probably muttered it a million times. We preach it after others fail, pretending it’s a carrot of comfort, though it comes off like the threat of a stick. It’s as cliche and as true as the horse is heavy. We know the fall...