A Millennial (n):

An abbreviation for the millennial generation; a term used by demographers to describe a segment of the population born between 1980 and 2000. History's most educated, diverse, and determined generation.

30 Quick Tips for Social Media for Churches and Nonprofits

God invented social media, so church, you ought to use it! Nonprofits who hope to change the world? You too! I’ve written plenty about the theory and philosophy behind using social media. In fact, I wrote a whole book about using social media to spread the gospel and I wrote it to lay a foundation. […]


The Importance Of An Inner Circle

The people closest to you will determine the level of your success. This is why leaders must be intentional about having the right inner circle of people around them. I have found some essential elements to consider when it comes to who should be in a leader’s inner circle. They include:

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5 Signs Of An Up And Coming Leader

In 1 Samuel 10 Saul is anointed as King over Israel. As soon as he was anointed as the leader… 5 signs occurred that I see in the leaders of today (or I should say the great anointed leaders of today).

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New Next Up Podcast Episode: How to Grow As A Leader

B is for Best: The Best Ways to Grow As A Young Leader (Episode 14) Leaders need to grow. In the first episode of 2015, Jonathan Pearson and Dustin Bates talk about what makes a true leader and how we can grow in our leadership potential during 2015. Relevant Links: Next Up: 8 Shifts Great Young Leaders […]


8 Leadership Principles From My First 90 Days at Saddleback (Ben Reed)

My family and I just made a massive move across the United States, from Nashville to California. From the syrupy sweet Southern US culture to the fast-paced, always-sunny Southern California. To say that Nashville is different that Orange County would be the understatement of the century. But we’re adjusting. Slowly, but surely, we’re building healthy […]


Essentials For Leading Change

Never Drop Anchor Like anything that is living and growing, the church must be in a constant state of change. If the church doesn’t change, it’s like dropping an anchor in a race! Which ensures the progress of our adversary.

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Unusual Places to Develop As A Leader

Do you want to excel your leadership development? I think we all would say yes to that question. One irrefutable element to seeing your leadership skills increase is to be intentional about learning in your everyday life. Your everyday life offers the opportunity to learn how to become a great leader and also how to […]

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3 Roles of Communication in Leadership

The art of communication is the language of leadership. – James Humes I came across this quote by James Humes a few weeks ago. It’s one of those quotes that sounds good when you first read it, but even better when you stop and think about what it means. Here are 3 crucial roles communication […]


Common Mistakes Leaders Make In Development

The world and church is in desperate need of young leaders…. good young leaders. We need senior leaders who are willing to begin passing the torch to the next generation. As I look at other young leaders and leaders in general, I see 2 common mistakes that seem to most often stifle leadership development.