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A Live and Vibrant Board

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My business revolves around helping Christian nonprofits become the best they can be. Over the years I have learned that reaching that goal can become difficult when many moving parts have to work as one—including the board of directors. I repeatedly find two types of boards: “Great Asset” Boards and “Great Drain” Boards. The Great Drain Boards sadly empty the organization of the energy it needs through their own micromanaging. Unfortunately, I have personally witnessed more of the latter. Nobody joins a board thinking, “How can I slow down the growth and energy of this mission?” But, somewhere along the line, so many boards fall into this pattern. However, I have also seen boards that are a great asset—those that give life and courage to the ministry and its leaders. These boards include people that still believe in servant leadership and choose to lead by example. And let me tell you, this is an amazing thing to witness! Identifying what makes one boar ...

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Change Your Language; Change Your Perspective

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A few weeks ago, I went out of town to visit a client. On my way to the airport I received a call from a friend who asked where I was going. I said, with a note of resignation in my voice, “Oh, I’m headed to Boise, Idaho. I have to consult with a client.” When I hung up, it hit me. I just said that I have to consult; but really, I get to consult. How many people would gladly do this for free—or even pay for the opportunity? Yet I was getting paid to do it. “I have to” is the language of duty. While there is nothing wrong with that in and of itself; I often say it with a sigh, as if I’m a victim of a terrible crime. Language of Privilege On the other hand, “I get to” applies the language of privilege. Using this phrase acknowledges the gift I’ve been given and helps me recognize the opportunities in the tasks. This subtle shift may seem small. However, it made a significant impact on my attitude. It has impacted me so much that I am choosing the language of privilege every chance I get. I don’t ha ...

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Mission Driven

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Do you go to work in the morning and feel, well, like you are going to work? Remember when you first took this job or started your organization? Remember how excited you were, how hopeful and inspired you felt? Sometimes I have trouble staying there. Sometimes I forget to remember the yesterday that started this whole thing. Sometimes nothing seems as important as getting to the tomorrow that never seems to come. Stop and Think The other day someone encouraged me to stop and think about what it is that drives me to complete my right now. What focuses me to look forward with expectation to what is next? What is it that gives me the courage to keep dreaming? That thing is my mission. Whatever that thing is for you is your mission. Power in the Questions · Why do we do what we do? · Why is what we do so important? · Why do we exist? · Why did God place us here? · Why are we to accomplish this particular task? We can find so much perspective, wisdom, and hope that comes through answering these que ...

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  1. Re: What is Your Purpose?

    Putting the passion back into in our ministries! Great message, Randy! Paul summed up our participation...

    -- Will Stevens

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About Randy

I've spent most of my life helping non-profit organizations pursue their vision. My passion is to help non-profits reach their communities and grow discipleship through development.

My work with Christian universities, Christian academies, missions groups, radio stations and local churches really gets me going. Underneath all the work is a real desire to see leaders grab hold of the opportunity God has given them.

Whether major gift development, annual fund plans or donor strategy, I rely on many of the business disciplines from the corporate workplace at JC Penney and Amway Corporation.

I enjoy working with young men to become strong leaders in their families, workplaces and churches. I started The Timothy Project a few years ago to work with men in my local community.

You can find out more about how I help non-profit organizations and how to contact me here.

Thanks for commenting on my blog,

Randy