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Category Archives: Leadership

Say “Yes” to the Next Generation

Erastus. Rufus. Gaius. Phoebe. Priscilla. Olympas. Aquilla. These names don’t mean anything to us but they meant the world to Paul. When Paul wrote his letter to the church in Rome, it was his most theological and philosophical book. It … Continue reading

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Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts

The New Testament is full of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. Sometimes, it seems as though God unleashes something supernatural through a person. Other times, it seems as though God pours out a greater anointing on the natural talents and … Continue reading

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Lessons for Proteges…and For Me

We are in a transition season at NCC. One set of Proteges have departed for their great next calling, and another set has moved into the neighborhood for a year. It’s always a time for reflection on my own leadership– … Continue reading

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Be Led. Go Lead.

We are currently accepting applications for our 2013-2014 class of NCC Proteges. The Protege Program was launched 5 years ago to develop the next generation of leaders in the character they need to sustain their calling and in the gifts … Continue reading

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Rules of Engagement

Team D. It’s the group of people I get to serve, lead, and work with every day. Some of us are thinkers; others are feelers. Most are verbal processors; others are internal processors. A few of us engage debate as … Continue reading

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Be a Protege

Four years ago, Mark Batterson and I sat at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants…across the street from the National Cathedral…and dreamed up the Protege Program. Well, we didn’t actually dream it up. We stole it from Steve Saccone and … Continue reading

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IF…

When I came on staff at National Community Church in January 2002, my first responsibility was to plan our first ever Leadership Retreat.  A decade later, I am now heading to my eleventh leadership retreat. I’m pretty sure it’s the … Continue reading

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Favorite Blogs of 2011

My blogging productivity diminished greatly in 2011. I will blame the book-writing process for that. This is a list of my favorites from 2011. Not necessarily the most popular, insightful, or important. Just the ones I like the best. Never … Continue reading

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Unlearning What You Have Learned

I learned to shoot a basketball yesterday. I know, it sounds crazy. But I really did. One of my friends has some pretty stinking awesome credentials. Number 2 point guard in the nation in high school. Played under Coach Summitt’s … Continue reading

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I Don’t Care

I’m not known for empathy. I’m a pastor that rarely hears the word “care” on the other side of my title to describe what I do. Several months ago, I refused to offer a comforting throwaway line of “It’s all … Continue reading

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What I’m Telling the Proteges About Catalyst

I am a conference junkie, but I attend conferences differently today than I did 10 years ago. Tomorrow, I leave on a jet plane for my 7th Catalyst Conference. At Catalyst #1, I sat in every session, took notes on … Continue reading

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How to Not Go Crazy

This weekend, I had the privilege of hanging out with some leaders at River’s Edge Community Church in Montreal. During dinner on Friday night, one leader asked me how I took care of myself as a leader. On good days, … Continue reading

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From the Archives: The Dreaded Question- Of or With?

This one is an oldie…and once got me in trouble with my good friend Bill Donahue. The Dreaded Question- Of or With? originally posted on February 3, 2006. Are you a church of small groups or a church with small … Continue reading

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From the Archives: When the Mess is Of Your Own Creation

I’m trying to write a book…so this week I am bringing you some of my favorites from the blog archives. When the Mess is Of Your Own Creation was originally posted on October 27, 2010. I’ve been talking for a … Continue reading

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Leaders Must…Be Healthy

For the past 8 years, I have spoken at every Leadership Summit we’ve hosted at National Community Church. This year, I’ve changed the game. At our last Leadership Summit, we did a series of TED Conference styled talks. Six Leaders. … Continue reading

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Leaders Must…Live in Rhythm

For the past 8 years, I have spoken at every Leadership Summit we’ve hosted at National Community Church. This year, I’ve changed the game. At our last Leadership Summit, we did a series of TED Conference styled talks. Six Leaders. … Continue reading

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Leaders Must…Be Present

For the past 8 years, I have spoken at every Leadership Summit we’ve hosted at National Community Church. This year, I’ve changed the game. At our last Leadership Summit, we did a series of TED Conference styled talks. Six Leaders. … Continue reading

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Leaders Must…Leave a Legacy

For the past 8 years, I have spoken at every Leadership Summit we’ve hosted at National Community Church. This year, I’ve changed the game. At our last Leadership Summit, we did a series of TED Conference styled talks. Six Leaders. … Continue reading

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Leaders Must…Fail Well

For the past 8 years, I have spoken at every Leadership Summit we’ve hosted at National Community Church. This year, I’ve changed the game. At our last Leadership Summit, we did a series of TED Conference styled talks. Six Leaders. … Continue reading

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Leaders Must…Find Gaps and Fill Them

For the past 8 years, I have spoken at every Leadership Summit we’ve hosted at National Community Church. This year, I’ve changed the game. At our last Leadership Summit, we did a series of TED Conference styled talks. Six Leaders. … Continue reading

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Leaders and Insecurities, Part 3

I’m discovering three different responses to leadership insecurities. There are insecurities you have to grow through, insecurities you have to ignore, and insecurities that you just have to wrestle to the ground. Today I’m going to tackle the ones we … Continue reading

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Questions I Am Asking

I’m asking some new questions these days. I’m asking them of myself and also of the young leaders I meet with: Where have you led recently where you felt like you were firing on all cylinders? Where have you led … Continue reading

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Leaders and Insecurities, Part 2

I’m discovering three different responses to leadership insecurities. There are insecurities you have to grow through, insecurities you have to ignore, and insecurities that you just have to wrestle to the ground. Today I’m going to tackle the first one. … Continue reading

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Leaders and Insecurities, Part 1

Every leader faces insecurities. We just don’t talk about them. Because that would somehow undermine our leadership, right? So many of us walk around masking ourselves while we encourage those we lead to remove their own masks. The vast majority … Continue reading

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The 51-49 Decisions

Leaders make decisions. The hard decisions. The decisions that others would never want to make but would be more than happy to share their armchair expert opinion afterwards. The 51-49 decisions. The decisions that only time will reveal as wise … Continue reading

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It’s Not Just a Meeting

7:30am. My favorite time to have meetings. I’m kidding. You didn’t think I was serious did you? Some of you sickos are “morning people” and probably wholeheartedly agreed. But not me. Tuesday is the start of my work week, so … Continue reading

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The Tale of the Carrot

Where do carrot seeds come from? Have you ever wondered? My good buddy Julie is an organic farmer in West Virginia, and she taught me one of the most valuable leadership lessons I’ve ever heard. Carrot seeds. Where are they? … Continue reading

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Critical Analysis

Wrapping up a series on responding to criticism. It’s a work in process; I’m a work in process. Here are some links: Four Kinds of Criticism Correct Criticism, Correct Heart Incorrect Criticism, Correct Heart Correct Criticism, Incorrect Heart Incorrect Criticism, … Continue reading

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Incorrect Criticism, Incorrect Heart

Four kinds of criticism. Correct criticism from the right heart- embrace it, course correct, thank the person. Incorrect criticism from the right heart- thank the person but humbly clear the confusion. Correct criticism from the wrong heart- separate the content … Continue reading

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Correct Criticism, Incorrect Heart

Alright, so we are talking about criticism. The best kind of criticism we can receive is the kind that is correct and comes from the right heart. In those situations, we course correct ourselves and express humble gratitude to those … Continue reading

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Incorrect Criticism, Correct Heart

The best kind of criticism we can receive is criticism that accurately reflects the situation and comes from those who love us and are for us. But sometimes, those who love us and are for us criticize and it is … Continue reading

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Correct Criticism, Correct Heart

The best kind of criticism is the kind that is correct (the criticism is an accurate statement) from a right heart and attitude (it is delivered by people who are for us, have our best interests at heart, and is … Continue reading

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Four Kinds of Criticism

I think I’m an expert on criticism. Or you would think that I should be given how often and freely I feel the freedom to give it. But as the years go on, I find myself giving it less and … Continue reading

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When Christians Lie

“Just tell me everything is going to be okay.” That’s all my friend wanted me to say. Just a little comfort and assurance. We had just spent about four hours talking about the difficulties she was facing in ministry and … Continue reading

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Forfeit

Don’t forfeit 45 great years because of 5 tough years. That was the primary message I gave to one of my young 20-something friends. She is incredibly gifted, Biblically passionate, and generous in her influence. And she’s leading in an … Continue reading

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When Leadership Hurts

Here’s the backstory. The children of Israel are slaves to the pyramid builders of Egypt. God raises up a man by the name of Moses and sends him and his brother Aaron to the palace to demand their freedom. The … Continue reading

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Perspective

Perspective: a: the interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed; also : point of view b : the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance. Mark Batterson has a formula that we … Continue reading

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Who Are You Serving?

All of us have some level of influence. As leaders, do we use our influence to serve ourselves? Or to serve others? When we are given a level of authority, what do we do with it? This weekend at NCC, … Continue reading

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Who Are You Listening To?

Who are you listening to? The answer to that question can make you or break you as a leader. As I shared the story of Esther this weekend, I encouraged NCCers to consider the voices in the lives of King … Continue reading

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The Spiritual Discipline of Following Well

Following well is the first challenge of a leader. In 1 Samuel 17, David was anointed the next king of Israel, and the “Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward.” In the very next chapter, David … Continue reading

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Discerning the Call

Last week, I shared my story of ministry “calling” with about a dozen folks who are discerning God’s call on their own life. We’ve got so many amazingly gifted people at NCC that Mark Batterson and I decided we should … Continue reading

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This One’s For the Girls

Now that I’ve got Martina McBride singing in my head, let me try to crank out a thought. I don’t think I’ve ever written a post specifically for you girls who are reading, but today I am. A few years … Continue reading

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Who is Reading You?

Yesterday, I got to hang out with small group guru Rick Howerton for a few hours and pick his brain about life and ministry. One of the questions I always ask people is to name the 3 books that most … Continue reading

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Making Heroes

I don’t remember which speaker at the Orange Conference said it…and that bothers me because I would love to give credit for this one…but someone encouraged us to make heroes out of other people. I love that. I’m convinced that … Continue reading

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A Short List of Wins From the Orange Conference

My heart is pretty full of gratitude and my head is full of great content to process, but here is a short list of wins from the 2010 Orange Conference: Locking my car keys IN the car along with all … Continue reading

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Go Orange

I’ve gotta admit. Orange has not always been my favorite color. Two letters. UT. That’s enough to send you screaming for a while, right? Apologies to my friends at The Walk. But this week, I’m all about Orange. Super excited … Continue reading

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Stewards of Story

In The Power of Words and the Wonder of God, Daniel Taylor submits that a leader is primarily the steward of a story. As I was reading the book of Joshua last night, I found this fascinating: “Israel served the … Continue reading

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Every Leader Needs a Gang

Ryan and I had the privilege of hanging out with “The Gang” yesterday. These are the people we count among our most trusted, loyal, and fun friends in DC. Or maybe the best way to describe it is that they … Continue reading

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Why Do We Lead?

We are reading through the book of Numbers right now in our Garden to City Bible reading challenge, and I’m really impressed with the leadership of Moses. I guess that sounds silly. Any of us who got our Vacation Bible … Continue reading

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Training Module 1: Leading Yourself Well

Leading Yourself Well from National Community Church on Vimeo. This is Module #1 of NCC’s Semester One Coaching Program. Watch the video (~12 minutes) and answer the following questions. Email your answers to your coach and schedule a coaching appointment … Continue reading

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