We are officially over the hump in the latter have of January. The first quarter of the year can fly by if you let it, but I would like to offer 5 things every leader can do to ensure a strong start to the organizational year: (more…)

Everybody wants a hook up nowadays. Internet stars seem to be born every minute, and everyone becoming an entrepreneur or building a brand. One of the most effective ways to market yourself in this climate is to hitch yourself to a big name, so you can be associated with a known figure. The right co-sign for someone who is already “poppin” can do wonders for your brand.

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The three words I have often uttered to describe where I am in my ministerial career: “ministry is hard”. Lately, I’m coming to learn that these words may actually be “full of it”. While it is true, for me at least, the ministry was not a career move. I never chose ministry: ministry chose me. I do it because I am truly compelled to, and I feel it is my God-given calling to mainly teach, then preach, and lead. Yes, I feel an obligation to God to fulfill this purpose, and some have made me feel as if the simple presence of purpose should make the process painlessly easy. And I don’t ever want to negate the hard work that goes into studying, planning, and executing ministry, while performing some of the mundane tasks of pastoring. All this may be true, but these aren’t the reasons ministry is hard.  (more…)

At over 32 million units sold, Michael Jackson’s Thriller is by far the most successful recording in history. I just want that to sink in; after 35 years, no other record has sold more than this instant classic. It is the epitome of recorded music success, but at what point do we determine that it was a successful venture or not? We are talking about the critically acclaimed work, that millions of people around the world still listen to. This is the same record that catapulted Michael Jackson in to pop music royalty. When was this work a success?  (more…)

We are 10 days into the new year. As usual many of us have made resolutions to do better and be better, but unfortunately some have already fallen off the wagon. New year’s day always brings about a grand sense of renewed hope and optimism , but is rarely met with consistent discipline. I’m guilty of it too; hitting the ground running, but fizzling out almost as quickly as we blasted off.

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2 weeks ago, I chaperoned the middle school band at All Region tryout, with my oldest son and daughter. For weeks these students spent time and energy practicing to prepare, and the day had finally come. (more…)

Driving down a main street in my town, I noticed a real life junk man. He had his spread there on the side of the road, in true Fred G. Sanford style, arranged in what seemed to me to be no particular order. Everything from old street signs to rusted antique farm equipment was right there on the side of the road, and I was truly amazed. I was amazed, first because I had never actually seen anything like this before. I really didn’t know that junk men, like Sanford and son actually existed. I also marveled at the fact that he actually had customers; several people browsing around the lot, one can only assume, trying to find treasure in the midst of trash. Who knew that all this was actually a real thing?! But it goes to show you that what others deem insignificant, and easily discarded, can be very valuable to someone else. (more…)