Feedback is a fact of leadership. Every leader is aware everyone around them has an opinion about the decisions and actions of a leader. That’s why a leader must be “thick-skinned” or they will never accomplish much. Too often, leaders run and hide from feedback rather than look for and even solicit honest and sincere […]Read more "Feedback: Friend or Foe?"
(Here are my notes from our second V3 (View of VALLEY’s Vision) gathering where we shared about the future of VALLEY Christian Church. Notice the “How Can I Help” section. It is so important for a leader to give action steps after sharing BIG PICTURE stuff! I hope these two posts help you as a […]Read more "How To Communicate Vision – Part 2"
As I write this post, the smell of fresh paint fills the air of my office. It’s a familiar smell in our church almost every week. “Weekly” you ask? Yes, we like to call it, “PROJECT Main Street”. The Williamson family are huge Disney fans. We love to take vacations in Orlando at the Disney […]Read more "PROJECT Main Street"
It’s about this time of the year, as Spring starts to slowly make it’s appearance in NY, that the juices start flowing and anticipation builds for workouts and upcoming 7-on-7 competitions all leading up to the start of another high school football season in August. At least that has been the habit for me for […]Read more "Hanging Up My Whistle"
WARNING: Indecisive & wishy-washy Christian men may find this post hard to read. Over the years, I’ve found myself in the middle of too many sticky marriage situations as a pastor. These are always very awkward and uncomfortable for the couple but probably the most for the third person in the room, the pastor. It […]Read more "Indecisive Christian Men"
Tomorrow starts my 12th season coaching high school football. With that in mind, I thought I’d share a few favorite quotes from legendary college football coach, Bear Bryant: “It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” “There’s a lot of blood, sweat, […]Read more "Are You Ready For Some Football?"
Thursdays are meeting days for the staff of VALLEY Christian Church. It’s the day we spend about 3-4 hours in planning and strategizing each week. Today was one of those amazing days. I find my heart so thankful for the team of pastors in our church. Their heart for Jesus and for his people is […]Read more "Shepherd or Hireling?"
In a previous post (see it HERE), I mentioned the reorganization we are currently walking through as a staff. During the time spent preparing myself for the reorg, I’ve found a lot of wisdom from other pastors across the country talking about the need for leaders to ask the right questions of their church leadership […]Read more "It’s All About Asking The Right Questions"
This Sunday, May 20th, marks the 22nd anniversary of the day I was ordained as a pastor at VALLEY Christian Church. It also represents another milestone in my life, I’ve now been a pastor for half of my life (ordained at age 22). The journey over the years has been a growth and learning experience […]Read more "Reflections On 22 Years Of Ministry"
“A genuine leader is not a seeker of consensus, but a molder of consensus.” I heard this quote a couple of weeks ago on a TV show (Blue Bloods) and have been pondering it every since. There’s a lot of truth to it, which leads to a bigger question, “How does a genuine leader mold […]Read more "A Genuine Leader"