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Jim Ladoux

Dealing with Difficult People

If you’ve ever been on a whitewater rafting adventure, you’ll remember that rafting guides know how to address unhelpful behavior right away—if they don’t, difficult people can ruin the experience for everyone, or even put their safety at risk. Likewise, when ministry leaders fail to address counterproductive behavior on their ministry teams, they jeopardize the …

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5 Barriers to a Welcoming Church Environment

Maybe you’ve already put all the right systems in place for your hospitality ministry—training greeters, a well-staffed Welcome Center, and a follow-up system for communications. You’re playing all the right notes, but there’s something missing in the melody. Maybe that missing melody is relational warmth. Without it, guests and “regulars” at your church experience a subtle …

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What is Coaching?

The International Coach Federation defines coaching as “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential.” Coaching frames conversations through powerful questions that help clients achieve their desired outcomes. When you refer to the International Coach Federation’s definition of coaching or one of your own, notice …

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Transformational Growth- Positioning People for Maximum Impact

Transformational growth in your congregation heats up when every stakeholder is invited to make tangible contributions, every month, to the mission. To make meaningful contributions, people need to know the big picture, the plan for moving forward, and the personal contributions they can make in the next 30-90 days to help fulfill the mission. Most …

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stages of spiritual growth

Stages of Spiritual Growth

Over the past two years we’ve experienced what many are calling “indifference,” relative to our spiritual life. With anxiety, crisis, grief, anger, and tension infiltrating our everyday reality, doubt and disappointment have chewed into the foundations of our faith. This article will take a look at stages of spiritual growth that embrace these emotions as …

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Critical Questions for Faith-Forming Leaders

By Jim LaDouxDirector of Coaching & Coaching School In John 17, as Jesus is preparing Himself for the cross, He prays out loud so that His followers can hear His heart—in the middle of His prayer He spotlights the passion that defines His mission:  “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who …

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5 Questions that Shape Leaders

By Jim LaDouxDirector of Coaching Services Jesus lived out a “forming” mindset in every conversation—I mean, He was naturally intentional in the way He engaged people, always inviting them into transformation. It’s easy to find examples of this proactive, question-based style of impacting the leaders who were drawn to Him—for example: “One day the disciples of John …

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A 5-Step Path For Coaching Through Conflict

By Jim LaDouxDirector of Coaching & Coaching School There’s no such thing as a conflict-free church or leadership team. Over the course of a year, most leaders in most churches will disagree about something… We’re at odds about how to implement new programs, events, and communication platforms.  We wrestle with setting goals, priorities, and approaches to ministry.  …

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