My Interview with Brian Houston

If you missed our interview on “Let’s Talk with Brian Houston” on the Hillsong Channel, then don’t despair!  I’ve been friends with Brian ever since he asked me to teach his entire church staff in Sydney, Australia years ago.  Since then, we’ve stayed in touch as his team has planted incredible churches in major cities around the world, and now launched The Hillsong Channel on television. I was also the Executive Producer of the independently produced “Hillsong Movie: Let Hope Rise.” Brian is as good a leader as they come, and I was honored to spend time with him on his program.  Let me know what you think:

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Why Your Church, Ministry, or Nonprofit Needs A Spokesperson

And it probably shouldn't be the leader...

Whatever the size of your church, nonprofit, or business, you need a spokesperson. Hopefully, you’ll never have to deal with a crisis or disaster, but my advice is to always be ready. The question isn’t “if” a crisis will happen, but “when.” Even if you’re involved in assisting after natural disasters you’ll encounter the media on many levels, so it’s always good to put your best foot forward. So what makes a good spokesperson? Here’s what you need to consider:

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Pastors: Should Your Worship Leader Also Lead Communications?

In an extraordinary number of churches, the worship leader is also the leader of the communications or media team. After all, it can make sense – a good worship leader knows music, knows how to communicate a message, understands the experience of being onstage, and has the trust of the pastor. Especially in a small church it’s a logical choice. But as a church grows, it could lead to problems, and here’s why:

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What Leaders Could Learn From How Elon Musk Communicates

Recently, an email went public that entrepreneur Elon Musk sent to Tesla employees. Although it was originally sent a few years ago, it reveals a lot about how communication is handled at Tesla, and the implications for other organizations – including churches, ministries, and nonprofits. Take a look and then think about how Musk’s philosophy could impact your organization. Here’s the email (which Tesla has verified was sent to all employees):

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You Can’t Be a Leader Without Building Trust

When it comes to leadership and influence, we rarely talk about trust. When we do, it’s usually in terms of honesty and integrity. Questions like: “Can I trust you to honor your word?” or “Can you be trusted with finances?” usually come to mind. Those questions are important, but the truth is, trust is a far deeper issue, and when it comes to your team, employees, congregation, or followers, trust may be the single most important connection you can build. Especially when it comes to leading the next generation, to achieve connection, here’s four principles every leader and influencer should know:

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An Open Letter About Why It’s Time to Ditch Open Letters

The idea of “Open Letters” has become all the rage these days. You can find “Open Letters” in newspapers, magazines, or online addressed to politicians, religious leaders, CEO’s, and even to local high school football coaches. I don’t know who wrote the first open letter – and he or she may have had a legitimate issue and wanted to bring it up in a public space. But today, they’re so ubiquitous that in my opinion they’ve

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It’s Time to Stop Creating Lame Marketing Campaigns for Millennials

(Or anyone else for that matter)

Thinking about all the trendy advertising efforts businesses and churches have done to millennials is depressing. Churches are especially guilty of cheesy, overdone, stock footage driven marketing efforts because anytime you try to reach an audience through what you ASSUME is their style, behavior or choices – or you try to group them all into a research statistic – you can always bet on failure. Shortcuts don’t

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Catalysts – Critical People to Innovation

I’ve been thinking a lot about “catalysts” lately, so I pulled this short post from my archives. What are “catalysts?” A catalyst is a person who isn’t necessarily a great innovator, original thinker, or iconoclast, but someone who by his or her very passion, are able to rally other people to a great cause.  They encourage innovators to

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