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A Ministry-focused Leader Review

A Ministry-focused Leader Review

For years I have taken seriously the discipline of a structured yearly review by my supervisor and/or a committee of the Board of Trustees to whom I reported. Administrators who worked with me over the years at Mount Vernon Nazarene… Read More
Leading Decisively! Leading Faithfully!

Leading Decisively! Leading Faithfully!

During the past few years I pursued a fundamental question for Christian leaders in faith communities. How does my Christian faith inform and guide the way I lead a faith community — local church congregation, Bible College, Christian… Read More
Guard the Board Agenda!

Guard the Board Agenda!

Philosopher and educator John Dewey proposed that, “A problem well defined is a problem half solved.” In other words, healthy boards work to clarify the real problem or issue that is creating a misunderstanding. Asking good questions are essential for… Read More
‘Non-negotiables’ for Board Health and Fund Development

‘Non-negotiables’ for Board Health and Fund Development

What is the board’s appropriate role in raising funds for the nonprofit ministry organization, seminary, or local congregation? Raise the funds? Micromanage every penny spent in the disbursement of funds? Or to secure the best executive leadership, provide… Read More
Good questions for colleagues!

Good questions for colleagues!

Recently I found some notes I prepared for a combined faculty and staff meeting while serving as president of the Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Though several years old now, the notes reminded me of questions I would ask myself… Read More
Seven Lessons My Father Taught Me about Fundraising

Seven Lessons My Father Taught Me about Fundraising

Throughout the past few months at conferences led by Jimmy LaRose, founder and 25 year CEO of the National Development Institute, I heard him remind executives of nonprofit organizations and their board members that nonprofit organizations are in two… Read More
Four Modes of Thinking about Board Governance

Four Modes of Thinking about Board Governance

I have been thinking recently about healthy and maturing boards of governance for ministry organizations, including local church boards and college boards of Trustees. Increasingly I am convinced that healthy and maturing boards have a balance in the… Read More
Board Development Assessment Tool

Board Development Assessment Tool

Organizational development issues for nonprofit companies have been on my mind in recent weeks. Recently, I reflected again on the Nazarene Compassionate Ministry, Inc. APEX Project, an assessment tool developed by NCMI to assist Faith-Based Organizations and Non-Government… Read More