What Do You Do When Your Organization is Stuck?

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A business is in a nosedive with product sales.  A nonprofit’s donor income has dropped by half.  A church’s members continue to decline.  All around I’m seeing organizations struggling and dreaming about the past.  When that happens, what do you do?  Most panic.  But if you had a choice, which scenario below would you pick (or ARE you picking now?):

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Director Werner Herzog on Filmmaking

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I’ve been reading the fascinating book “Werner Herzog: A Guide for the Perplexed.” I’m a huge fan of the enigmatic German filmmaker, especially his approach to documentaries. Since I’ve been involved producing “The Insanity of God” and “Let Hope Rise: The Hillsong Movie” this year, documentaries have been on my mind a great deal. I particularly love Werner’s advice on breaking into the industry. I only wish I had heard this after graduating from college:

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Are You Hauling Rocks or Building a Better World?

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Years ago in Communist Russia, a visitor happened upon a group of workers with a sledgehammer clearing a field.  It was tough work, hauling huge rocks, shoveling, and moving stones by hand. But the visitor noticed they were all singing as they worked.  He asked one of the workers – “How can you sing while hauling rocks?”  Without hesitation the worker replied: “Oh, we’re not 

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The Next Generation’s Perception of Church

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I had the opportunity this year to speak at a leadership event at Ivy Church in Manchester, England. The pastor is Anthony Delaney, who’s done a brilliant job building a multi-site church in a city that’s experiencing enormous growth in business, media, and education. As a result, Ivy has a great number of Millennial members and it’s making an enormous impact. Keep in mind this is during a time when many established churches are shrinking – so much so that many denominations such as the Methodists and Church of England are looking for ways to partner and sometimes even

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Leading Creative People

Should I Micromanage?

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How difficult is it to lead creative people? Put it this way – it’s the #1 question I’m asked at conferences and leadership events. My friend Daryl Allen, a producer at Leading the Way Ministries in Atlanta, sent me this quote that puts it all in perspective. It’s from Ed Catmull, President of Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation, and author of the book “Creativity, Inc.”. Ed’s quote really explains the delicate balance of leading versus micromanaging:

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Presenters: When NOT To Use Powerpoint

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Today, Microsoft Powerpoint and Apple Keynote presentations have become so popular that every speaker suddenly feels like they need to use those tools in every workshop or conference. But having seen them abused so many times, it wouldn’t hurt to consider this list of why you should re-consider using slides in your next presentation:

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What I Learned From Jack Graham About Leadership

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Whenever I think of “leadership” I think of Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Church in Dallas, Texas. While I’ve had the incredible opportunity to work with Jack and his PowerPoint Media Ministry team for many years, when it comes to leadership, there’s one memory of Jack that I will never forget: 

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The Power of a Great Tagline

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I’m reading the book “131 Christians Everyone Should Know” by the editors of Christian History magazine. While reading about the life of William Carey I was reminded about the power of a creative tagline. Carey, who many consider the father of the missionary movement organized a missionary society in 1792 and launched an evangelistic meeting with the line:

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