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3 ways to guard against desensitization

By Jason Lehman | Jun 11, 2018
guard against desensitization

We’re no longer shocked by the things we see. We live in a culture where we have such easy and consistent access to entertainment, information, news, etc. And in addition to easy access, the content we view on a regular basis is getting more and more extreme. The amount of violence, pornographic content, and profanity…

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When personal issues begin to impact organizational health

By Jason Lehman | May 2, 2018
personal issues

Do you remember when you got your first car? When I was a teenager, I was eventually able to get enough money together, with some help from my parents, to buy my first truck. It felt like the greatest thing in the world. The truck was older and had some issues, but it was mine.…

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Buried in praise: motivating your best people

By Todd Flaming | Apr 24, 2018
KI Thanks

In his book Payoff, behavioral economist Dan Ariely recounts an experiment designed to measure motivation. Participants were asked to perform a meaningless task, circling pairs of matched letters on randomly generated sheets of paper. When they were finished, they returned their paper and were given 55 cents. Each time, they were offered a smaller amount to…

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3 ways that saving money can hurt your mission

By Todd Flaming | Apr 11, 2018
keeping costs low

Non-profits need to watch the dollars, and they should. Nobody wants to be the subject of an exposé about corporate salaries or extravagant travel spending by a ministry. But it’s easy for the pendulum to swing too far in the opposite direction — to be too focused on the pie chart and not on actual…

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Being honest about your organization’s shortcomings… is it worth it?

By Jason Lehman | Apr 4, 2018

What do you do when you’re in a ministry that has really dropped the ball? You haven’t done a good job of helping the people you said you were going to help. Or maybe you, as a leader, feel like you’ve let your team down in some big way. Is there ever a time that…

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3 Ideas to Consider for Encouraging Mentors in your Organization 

By Jason Lehman | Mar 12, 2018
Developing Mentors

When I was in ministry years ago, I didn’t have good models for the type of ministry I was trying to do. There were things I was trying to figure out that I just didn’t have good examples for, which resulted in a lot of trial and error. This is common for anyone that’s trying…

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Avoiding Church Fights by Having a Clear Vision

By Todd Flaming | Feb 22, 2018
clear vision

Last week, Jason shared some practical ways to inspire individuals in your organization whose vision has strayed from what it originally started as. This week, Todd will discuss vision again, however this is more specifically relevant to churches.   We are frequently approached by churches to help iron out conflicts and priorities in their programming…

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3 Ways to Reignite your Organization’s Original Vision

By Jason Lehman | Feb 16, 2018
reignite your organizationals original vision

Most nonprofits are initially built around someone’s vision to accomplish something that seems impossible. When people start organizations, when they pioneer down the path of this new venture, there are no restrictions in their mind. There’s simply a burning desire in their heart that says we’re going to make this big difference in the world,…

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3 Key Indicators of Organizational Health in Your Ministry

By Todd Flaming | Jan 24, 2018
Organizational Health

When you think of a growing ministry in your community, you would probably assume it’s a healthy place to work, right? Most people I talk with assume that back stabbing, silos, and typical office problems don’t really happen at most non-profits. In reality, these issues pop up anywhere you find people working together, and ministries…

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2 Ideas for Reaching the Modern Donor Mindset

By Todd Flaming | Nov 30, 2017

How is your organization talking to potential donors? If you run a nonprofit, you should already have an answer to this. Your communication style with each potential partner is crucial. This includes how you are reaching out to them, what kind of stories you are telling, and the wording you are using. If your message…

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Going Alone: 3 Problems You Face When You Won’t Partner

By Todd Flaming | Oct 24, 2017

Growing up, we are constantly taught the importance of sharing and playing nice with our friends. “Play nice!” and “Please share!” are common things to tell kids. But, much like eating vegetables, adults don’t always do what they make the kids do. When I work with different organizations, I find myself saying the same things.…

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3 Ways to Know Your Community

By Bob Lehman | Oct 13, 2017

Over my years of ministry work, I’ve been placed into brand new communities three different times and asked to help start a church or ministry. I don’t know where the local grocery store is located or what mascot is on their high school football team’s uniforms, but part of my job is to connect with…

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