Author: John Rinaldo

A Key to Effective Leadership

In this video, Ken Blanchard shares one of the four keys to effective leadership. He states that to determine whether a leader is a self-serving leader or not depends on how the leader received feedback. Question: After watching this video, how do you think you receive... Read More

Are You Mixing Ministry With Friendships?

One of the joys in my ministry is being able to minister with friends. One of the challenges in my ministry is being able to minister with friends. In my role, I have the opportunity to lead many different ministries and I need a lot of volunteers to help make the ministry happen. I am fortunate enough that I have many friends that are involved in church and have been willing to volunteer for my ministry. These aren’t just acquaintances. These are friends that I do life with. We go to each others’ parties. We are in a small... Read More

Can You Really Trust Your Volunteers?

I had a meeting recently with one of my key volunteers who is helping lead a big ministry project. I was sharing my expectations of her within the context of her volunteer job description. As I often do, I turned the conversation around. I asked her point blank: “What are your expectations of me?” Since we have worked together for quite some time on different projects, she only mentioned one: “I expect you not to get that involved in the project.” Wow. That’s a statement many ministry leaders would like to hear. The reality is that I trust her... Read More

Warning: Burnout Ensuing

It happens to the best of us. At some point, you realize that you don’t like your ministry. It’s not a long-term thought. It’s more of a fleeting and passing thought that this ministry you once loved is getting on your nerves. If nothing changes, as time progresses, you start to think about moving into another ministry or job and finding yourself really unhappy. You are experiencing burn out. Fortunately, there are many warning signs that burn out is ensuing. Here are 7 signs that you may be heading towards burn out. If you recognize these signs, it’s time... Read More