Character Finishes What Competency Starts

By Carey Nieuwhof | February 16, 2011

People get hired and promoted on talent, potential, track record, and competency.  The culture and marketplace reward competence when they see it, and arguably they…

I Work for Them

By Carey Nieuwhof | February 14, 2011

Someone asked me yesterday what my title was. Interesting question. I said “Lead Pastor”, kind of awkwardly. Then I added, “I guess I’m the leader…

The Tension Between Leading and Managing

By Carey Nieuwhof | January 20, 2011

I’m a leader by nature.  I love to try to create something out of nothing, take the 30,000 foot view and dream about the future.…

Competence Isn't Always Your Friend

By Carey Nieuwhof | January 12, 2011

I was surprised recently by statistics by the Barna Group that showed that only 4% of churches in the US have an attendance of over…

Things I Learned: 2010 in Review (2)

By Carey Nieuwhof | December 30, 2010

There are advantages and disadvantages to getting older.  But these days I think the advantages more than win the day.  Things become clearer.  Insight sharpens.…

Things I Learned: 2010 in Review (1)

By Carey Nieuwhof | December 29, 2010

I’d love to hear what some of your key insights for 2010 were.  Here’s a random sharing of some of the best learnings I’ve had…

Hope, Reality and Leadership

By Carey Nieuwhof | December 14, 2010

Among all the things a leader deals with, great leaders manage the tension between hope and reality.  Hope always focuses on what’s possible.  Reality tends…

Are You Actually Attracting Unchurched People?

By Carey Nieuwhof | December 7, 2010

Most church leaders says they want to reach unchurched people. So did we when  we started Connexus three years ago. Saying it is one thing.…

Converting On-Line to Real Life

By Carey Nieuwhof | November 22, 2010

I’ve been married in real life to the same amazing woman for twenty years.  We met in person, not online.  Only eight people were on…

What I Learned from My Social Media Fast

By Carey Nieuwhof | October 17, 2010

So I feel like I emerged from a cave yesterday when I came out of a five day social media fast.  How do I feel?…

Fasting Social Media

By Carey Nieuwhof | October 10, 2010

This week I’ve decided to fast from social media (Facebook, Twitter, blog commenting, even email)….actually all forms of online communication.  It’s in preparation for a…

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Squandering

By Carey Nieuwhof | September 2, 2010

I love social media. I love life online.  But I’m worried about what it might be doing the souls of some leaders. Does closely following…

Four Paths

By Carey Nieuwhof | August 30, 2010

I am increasingly convinced that keeping your heart strong spiritually and emotionally is a key to lasting and thriving in leadership.   We all get…

Apologize? Yes please.

By Carey Nieuwhof | August 17, 2010

Apologies are difficult.  Those of us who have been given even a tiny bit of authority are often reluctant to apologize to those we work…

Wanting From….Wanting For

By Carey Nieuwhof | August 11, 2010

As leaders, it often feels like we’re asking people to give us something.  Time. Energy. Money. Ideas. And so much more. Years ago I heard…