So, in the spirit of this adventure I’ve gathered some resources that have taught me a lot about the gift of sabbath, rest, and what it means to do absolutely nothing other than to simply enjoy the presence of God. Click the links below for a free PDF download.
As long as I can remember I’ve always been a second chair leader. I feel at home giving my creative best while leading from the second chair, which compelled me to launch a podcast dedicated to celebrating creative and courageous second chair leaders called The Second Chair Leadership Podcast. A listener once asked, “Is second chair leadership a thing or did you make that up?”
It’s a fair question that deserves some attention.
Can you imagine someone telling you to "follow your suffering"?
There are so many motivational quotes encouraging you to follow your dreams, do what makes you happy, and find out what makes you come alive.
All of these quotes can be summed up with one more phrase all of us have heard,
Follow your passions!
I believe we’re all wired in such a way we want to know if what we’re doing is impacting others’ lives. Whether you work in the business sector or in ministry, we all want to know if we are being successful. Often in a ministry context success is defined by fulfilling the mission God has entrusted to us to accomplish.
But, often times it's difficult to qualify or quantify success. Typically, ministry success is measured by budgets, buildings, baptisms, and butts in seats. Sprinkle in a few stories of life change and voilà - success!
This year give your church a gift they’ll never ask for or expect.
Permission to not show up.
As upside-down and backwards as this sounds, for the last three years Grace Point Church (Topeka, KS), has intentionally canceled weekend worship services in favor of an all-church week-long Sabbath the days following Christmas.
It’s hard to believe that one year ago the Second Chair Leadership Podcast came to life! If you’ve been with me from the beginning you know this story already, but for those who are new to the podcast you might be surprised to learn I didn’t set out to start a podcast. At the encouragement of a friend I entered a creativity contest with a very simple idea - to celebrate and champion the leader behind the leader who is getting stuff done and adding value to their organizations.
Best Books is an annual tradition. Each year I read quite a few books and while I don’t recommend everything I read, I thought there were some that might interest you. I offer to you, in no particular order, a list of books that I found the most interesting, challenging, helpful, and/or inspiring.
I’ve been privileged to interview some amazing guests on my podcast over the past ten months, and having launched the Second Chair Leadership Podcast ten months ago I realized there were some things I did right that I hope prove useful to you. There are some key elements you should work through on paper before you ever hit the record button I believe will serve you well.
A few weeks ago a guest interviewed me on my own podcast. Normally I'm the one asking the questions, but this time he was calling the shots. Since then I've been thinking quite a bit one of the things he said...
"We all have ideas to do something creative, but you're actually doing it."
If you are ever fortunate enough to serve in this kind of capacity or if you’re weighing whether or not to say yes to this kind of opportunity I hope you can learn a thing or two from my first exposure to board leadership.