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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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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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You Can Change Your Work Culture

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1980: Managers needed to keep things consistent or the same 1990: Individual leaders needed because everything is changing 2000: Team leaders needed because leadership is multi-faceted The saying goes, “the only thing that stays that same is that everything changes.” And it is so true! Our role as leaders has consistently morphed to meet our changing culture. No one can deny that in order to succeed, you must be willing to change. And, as you change, you will find that you have the power to impact the culture around you. One of our clients, Brian Yeager, President of Barefoot Media Ministries, 89.5 KTSY and 88.1 The Bridge, said, “One of the hardest things you can do is lead your organization through change. But to not change is to ensure that you and your organization will fade away into irrelevance. To lead chang ...

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Is Your Organization Ready for a Capital Campaign?

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Answering this question honestly is the first step to pre-campaign preparation. I have worked with many organizations that have identified the need and then have jumped straight into the campaign. While I am encouraged by their eagerness and hard work, I would much rather see them get a strong rate of return on their efforts, even if it takes them a bit longer to get started. So, before we start any campaign, I always make sure we are able to answer seven questions. If we are not able to, we are simply not ready to run the campaign. Use this list of questions to make sure that you are equipped and prepared for your next capital campaign: 1. Is there enthusiastic agreement among the board of directors and the staff concerning the worthiness of the cause? 2. Are the board and staff willing to make personal sacrifices for the campaign, including both time and money? 3. Is your ministry well regarded and highly respected in the community and your “mission” seen as important and relevant? 4. Do you have ...

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Build Your Donor Pond into a Lake

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I recently heard this comment, “We just have a small pond of donors.” And, I have to be honest, it really bothered me. What that person, a development officer even, was saying was “The reason we can only do so much is we have limited resources.” I would like to offer, “The reason we do so little is we have limited vision, not limited resources.” Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” It is dangerous to think limiting thoughts and not just because it limits our potential, but more to the core, it limits our God, who wants to move in your world and demonstrate His glory; a glory that will call people to Him. Believe that our God is a God of unlimited resources and unfathomable generosity. We must change this attitude of complacency if we are going to fulfill the mission He has given to us. Do we want to be a people full of fear or a people full of faith? I believe our passivity exposes our fear; fear to believe for more, fear to ask for more, and fear to do the hard work of dreamin ...

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What is Your Purpose?

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Every day we wake up and every day we manage. We manage our schedules, our families, our jobs, our budgets, our obligations. It becomes routine and then we become routine, defined by our jobs and our not our hearts. Satan has us so caught up in the worries of the day; it’s hard to imagine doing anything else. So what is the answer? Can anything really be different? You better believe it can! The answer is found in the first question I ask anyone I am consulting or coaching: “What is your purpose”? This is such an eye opening question to start with, though I am sometimes shocked by the responses I get. Sometimes it is a theological statement or a long drawn out theology hidden inside of a website. Some organizations do not even have one. Some organizations know that they have one written somewhere, but they are not sure what it is, and more to the point, they are not sure why it matters. Whether it is a mission statement for our lives or for our organizations, we have to know our pu ...

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Inspiring a Culture of Giving

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How do we create a culture of giving back? How do we do it? How do we not only keep our doors open but actually reach the community like we were designed to? The effort of ministry requires money, lots of money, so How do we raise those funds? How do we get prospects to take the next step and become our donors and partners? I have a fear growing inside of me as the recession clings to our economy and more uncertainties creep into our every day. My fear is that humanity is the strongest voice we hear and the loudest voice we listen to, even when we are at the helm of ministries purposed and created for the glory of our very real God. More and more I am seeing Christian nonprofit organizations turn to manipulation to gather the funds necessary to live another day. This reliance on the contrivances of man is resulting in tired employees and passionless donors. Christian Nonprofits: Great Leadership Required A great leader is able to inspire people to act. A great organization is marked by leaders who believe ...

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Discover Your Why!

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Remembering our Reason Do you ever go to work in the morning and feel just like that, like you are going to work? Can you still remember when you first took this job, or first started your organization? Do you remember how excited you were, how hopeful you were, how inspired you felt? Sometimes I have trouble staying there. Sometimes I forget to remember the yesterday that started this whole thing. Sometimes I live so intensely in the today that nothing else seems as important as getting to the tomorrow that I talk and talk about, but that never seems any closer. I was encouraged the other day to stop and to think about that; to think about it, the “it”. To figure out what it is that drives me to complete my right now, and focuses me to look forward with expectation to what is next. The thing that gives me the courage to keep dreaming, to keep going. That thing is my “why”. That thing is also your “why”. Why are we doing what we are doing? Why do we exist? Why did G ...

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Courage to Lead

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We live in an economy of fear and uncertainty. An economy that tempts us to be afraid as well.  An economy that taunts us when we think about generating excitement and slows us from starting a capital campaign. I want to remind you to be strong and courageous!  Remember that we serve a God that is not bound by our economy and a Savior who is never unsure about our future.  Take heart, and do not give up!  I know that it is challenging right now, but wherever there is fear, there is great opportunity.  Consider how David’s leadership was established through his courage, during a time of great uncertainty and fear. Again the Philistine said, “I defy the ranks of Israel this day; give me a man that we may fight together.”  When Saul and all Israel heard these words of the Philistine, they were dismayed and greatly afraid.  I Samuel 17:10-11 And notice the effect his courage had on others to act courageously: When the Philistines saw that their champion w ...

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Is There More?

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In my last blog I shared how a chance meeting with a homeless man and his sign spurred me to have a focus change. As you remember, I am unofficially changing my title: I am now a “generous living consultant”, I am excited about how this new focus will change our conversations. And, it only makes sense that with my new title a new format for this blog would emerge, one that supports our new conversations, and this is it, a new blog: A conversation starter from the generous living consultant. This new blog is designed to be interactive; I am committing to start the conversation but you have to jump in with your responses. I am a firm believer that any conversation worth having goes both ways. I should also warn you before we get started that things could get uncomfortable. I am also a believer in the power of healthy, godly, good conflict. While you will at times feel inspired, I also understand you might not agree with me, you might feel annoyed, or convicted. Please don’t let that stop yo ...

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

    -- Will Stevens

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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