Christmas Blessings

Happy Christmas, everyone! We are so grateful here at Verve Lead for all our readers, and we are praying and hoping you all are having a peaceful and happy holiday season with your loved ones.  While being a time for celebration, Christmas is also a time of great meaning. It was the turning point in history; bringing us our savior …

When Life is overwhelming

When life is overwhelming, take a step back and trust in the Lord. Get a new perspective and remember that there is always light in the darkness. Find comfort in the story of Elisha and the Arameans. Read this article for more on how to cope.

Reflections from the Clergy and Congregational Well-being Conference 

I recently attended a conference at Duke University in North Carolina on congregational and clergy health in the church. It was an inspiring experience to be surrounded by so many people of different denominations and backgrounds, all united by the common goal of strengthening and healing the clergy and congregations in their care. The conference made me think about the importance of community and mentorship, and how working alone can feel isolating and futile when faced with the massive changes that need to be made. The story of Elijah in the Bible reminds us that we are not alone in our struggles, and that God cares for his leaders and is doing something beautiful for his church. Click through to read more about my reflections from the conference.

Professional Supervision for Principals, Pastors and Leaders

As a mentor and professional supervisor, I have found that providing a safe space for leaders to discuss their thoughts and emotions can be incredibly beneficial. Recently, I was supervising a young pastor who was struggling with a difficult situation involving a team member. By reflecting on how Jesus responded to similar situations, we were able to find new ways of thinking and responding for my supervisee. It’s important to consider not only the supervisee in a presenting issue, but also to guide them in considering Jesus’ responses to all those involved. Remember that Jesus suffered and endured every test and temptation, so that he can help us every time we pass through the ordeals of life.

Finding the Right Mentor for You

Mentorship can be a valuable resource for personal and professional growth, but finding the right mentor can be a challenge. In this article, we explore some key considerations for finding a healthy and trustworthy mentor, including the importance of independence and complementary gifting. We also provide a checklist to help you assess the competency and health of potential mentors.

Formulate Contingency Courses of Action

As a leader, it’s important to assess and manage risks in the workplace. This includes not only physical threats, but also mental and emotional ones like burnout. To reduce risks, I seek guidance from experienced colleagues and build strong communication within my team. When risks do arise, I approach them with calm and confident leadership. In this article, I offer tips for identifying and addressing risks in the workplace, drawing from my own experiences as a leader.