Registration is now open for my October Mastermind


Announcing a 4-Week Virtual Mastermind course on personal growth.  If you are interested in personal growth, you will want to check this out.  Each Thursday evening in October, from 8-9pm, I’ll be on a phone call teaching on one of The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell.  The cost to participate in this group is only $47.  You’ll need a quiet place to focus on the call, a phone or VOIP connection, and something to take notes with.  You WILL experience personal and professional growth as a part of your involvement in this group.  I am limiting this group to only 12 participants, so join now by clicking this LINK.  I look forward to adding value to you on these calls!

How to Discover Your Passion

Recently, I wrote a post entitled “Follow Your Passion,” in which I outlined my journey in leaving pastoral ministry to full-time leadership development.  It was a long, heart-searching process that I went through to come to the place that I am at today.  So, I thought it would be beneficial to follow up that post with a simple list of 10 questions for you to work through in discovering your passion and purpose in life.

These 10 questions come from John Maxwell’s book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth, a topic that I enjoy teaching on.  More specifically, they fall under his chapter on The Law of Awareness, which states “You must know yourself to grow yourself.”  I am assuming that if you read my blog on a regular basis, your desire is to grow as a person and as a leader.  But, how do we do that?  One of the steps is in this area of self-awareness.  Do you really know who you are?  Have you taken the time to sit down and discover the unique individual that you are as God created you?  If not, then set aside 15 minutes of your time to work through the answers to these 10 questions.  It will be time well spent and you will have a greater understanding of who you are and what your passion in life really is!

  1. Do you like what you are doing now?
  2. What would you like to do?
  3. Can you do what you would like to do?
  4. Do you know why you want to do what you would like to do?
  5. Do you know what to do so you can do what you want to do?
  6. Do you know people who do what you’d like to do?
  7. Should you do what you’d like to do with them?
  8. Will you pay the price to do what you want to do?
  9. When can you start doing what you’d like to do?
  10. What will it be like when you get to do what you’d like to do?

If you would like to learn more about growing as a person, I highly recommend The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John C. Maxwell.  I will be starting a 4-week virtual mastermind soon.  What my blog for an announcement concerning the details.  It should post in the next 24 hours.  I’d love to have you join me.  All you need is a phone and a quiet location.

Enjoy your journey of self-discovery!

Growth is NOT Automatic

Everyone needs a plan!

Growth is NOT automatic.  No matter what area of your life you are referring to, growth doesn’t just happen.  Your physical growth is based upon proper nutrition and exercise.  Your intellectual growth is based upon planned learning and ever increasing intellectual challenges.  Your spiritual growth is based upon time spent with your Creator and time in his word.  Your emotional growth is based upon the quantity and quality of your relationships with others.  In other words, growth must be planned.  It must be nurtured and fed.  It must have a design.  For growth to happen in your life, it must be INTENTIONAL!

If growth is not automatic and if growth must be planned, then what is your plan for growth?  Do you HAVE a plan for your personal growth?  Or, are you just living life on autopilot, hoping that growth will happen as you go through the day-to-day moments of life?  Most people go through life without a plan for growth.  But, successful leaders have a plan for growth.

In developing your plan for personal growth, consider the following…

  • Schedule a TIME for growth. Put an appointment on your calendar every day that is set aside for your personal growth development.  It may be 10 minutes, or it may be 30 minutes, or even an hour.  Start small, but place an appointment with yourself every day to work on your personal growth.  Guard that time and don’t let anyone schedule over top of it.
  • Set up a PLACE for growth.  Whether it’s your office, or a room in your home, set up a place to develop your personal growth.  Have all the materials you will need right there (i.e. books, notepad, pens, highlighters, etc.).  Having everything you need in one place at all times will save you valuable time having to go and search for what you need each day.
  • Decide WHAT you are going to do.  Is it a DVD or a book study, or audio files you want to listen to and take notes?  Whatever it is, make sure that it lines up with your goals for your life and vocation.  Since I write a leadership blog, I am a firm believer that your personal growth strategy should be focused on developing your leadership skills.  Growing in the area of leadership will help you improve every other area of your life.

At a recent training event for The John Maxwell Team, our leader, John Maxwell, challenged each of us to develop a personal growth plan based around one of his books entitled “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.”  I want to share that plan with you.  Take the plan, buy a copy of the book here, and make this your strategy for personal growth for the next 12 months.  Or, choose another study and make a plan of your own.  Using your own plan or John’s plan really isn’t the focus.  The focus is MAKE A PLAN – AND WORK THE PLAN!

Here’s John’s plan for The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth…”

  • Week one:  study chapter 1 – The Law of Intentionality
  • Week two:  study chapter 5 – The Law of Consistency
  • Week three:  study chapter 14 – The Law of Expansion
  • Week four:  study chapter 15 – The Law of Contribution
  • Months 2-12:  study one of the remaining chapters each month

Make a plan for personal growth and work the plan.  Your business and/or career will only grow to the extent that you grow.  If you raise your level of leadership ability through developing a personal growth plan, your success will increase exponentially.  So, what are you waiting for?  Get started right now with your personal growth plan.  Then, come back to this post and share in the comments section what you are learning and how your personal growth plan is helping you develop as a leader!


I am excited to be sharing a 3-hour workshop based upon the principles in John Maxwell’s book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth.  As an Independent Certified Coach, Speaker and Teacher with The John Maxwell Team, I look forward to adding value to your life and your organization.

Date: March 18, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Event: 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth Workshop
Topic: 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth
Sponsor: H2H Leadership Transformation
Venue: GSN (Gentle Shepherd Church of the Nazarene)
Location: 3480 Shenango Valley Freeway
Hermitage, PA 16148
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

I am an Independent Certified Coach, Speaker and Teacher with The John Maxwell Team. I am available to speak at your event and lead in-house training for your organization. Contact me for more information about my services.

Get Your Free Lifescore Assessment from Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt has just released a FREE version of his new LIFESCORE Assessment.  It is a 10-minute assessment of where you are in each of 10 “life domains.”  You will find this a very helpful tool as you plan the changes you want to make in your life during this next year.  Click HERE to be redirected to his blog post where you can sign up for this FREE resource.  But, hurry, it’s only free until mid-December.

Do You Know Your APEST Score?


Much has been written on the subject of spiritual gifts and their importance in the ministry of the church.  In recent days I have been reflecting on the fact that there are essentially two distinct types of spiritual gifts:  serving and equipping.  The serving gifts are used for service in the kingdom (i.e. hospitality, mercy, serving, faith, etc.), while five of the gifts listed in the Bible in Ephesians 4 are specifically for the purpose of “equipping God’s people for service.”

In his blog, The Forgotten Ways, Alan Hirsch puts forward the idea that the church leader needs to know their APEST score to better understand how God has gifted them to lead in the church.  APEST is his term based upon the 5 ministry roles found in Ephesians 4:  Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Shepherds, and Teachers.

On his blog, Hirsch has created a test to enable you to discover how these five roles influence your leadership and role in ministry.    This is a great test to understand your leadership role.  Hirsch also puts for the idea that we are missing the apostolic and prophetic leadership roles in our current expression of the church.  In an article published in Christianity Today, Hirsch writes “We needed a new type of leadership, one with the courage to question the status quo, to dream of new possibilities, and to innovate new ways of being the people of God in a post-Christian culture.”  To be that kind of a leader, we need to first know who we are as a unique creation of God.  The more a pastor or church leader knows about themselves, their strengths and weaknesses, the better a leader they become and the more effective they become in leading Christ’s church.

Previously, I had written a post entitled 4 Things Every Pastor and Church Leader Should Know About Themselves.  To that list, I add the APEST score.  It was interesting for me to note that the results of my personal APEST score fell right in line with the results of my other profiles that I mentioned in my “4 Things” post.  Together, these five profiles give a great understanding of how God has wired you for ministry.

Learn first who you are.  Then, lead as God has created you to lead!

4 Things Every Pastor and Church Leader Should Know About Themselves

Who are you

In just under a week, we will be entering the year of 2015.  Already, people are beginning to think about their New Year’s resolutions.  In a few short days, the gym where I work out will be filled with men, women, and teenagers who have made a resolution to change their lives.  By February, most of them will no longer enter the doors of the gym – their hopes of a different life abandoned until the next year when the process starts all over again.

The passion for improving our lives, however, should be something that every pastor and church leader desires on a daily basis.  We should constantly be seeking ways of being more effective in leading the ministries that God has given to us.  For more information on seeking continual growth in your personal life, see my post on “Constantly Improving Your Position.”    To that end, in order for a church leadership team to function at their best, they need to understand how God has created them with their spiritual gifts and individual personality types.  The more you understand yourself and your leadership team, the better you can work together in leading your local church.

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3 Steps to Being a Person of Integrity

Which way should you go?

In recent days, I have come across situations that have made me stop and wonder what has happened in culture that we are so quick to give up on being ethical in our relationships.  It seems that more and more people are willing to go back on their word if doing so benefits them more.  Let me share two brief examples:

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