Developing Christ-First Leaders: A CRISTA Case Study

Need: When he became President & CEO of CRISTA Ministries in 2006, Bob Lonac faced a tall task: developing the necessary leadership to sustain and grow CRISTA’s seven distinct ministries for today and for the next generation. His startlingly simple approach proved successful and adaptable for ministry organizations of virtually any size. Strategy: “At CRISTA,…

Announcing 2013 Best Christian Workplaces: Employee Engagement Is Improving in Christian Workplaces.

Experiencing meaning and purpose in their work, employees in Christian organizations are witnessing higher levels of engagement than last year. “Our research indicates engagement levels of employees have improved to 53.6% vs. 47% a year ago” according to Al Lopus, President of the Best Christian Workplaces Institute. “This improvement indicates the importance of employee engagement…

Joni and Friends Case Study: Powerful Results Through Integration Management

Your organization can be “pedal to the metal,” and still lurching—if you’re not firing on all cylinders Need: How could Joni and Friends, a revered international ministry that evangelizes and disciples thousands of persons affected by disabilities keep from succumbing to unneeded silos or territorial boundaries, constant (and unsettling surprises) and ensuing mistrust among a…

How Squeezing a Pig Builds Staff Well-being: A Chrisitan Veterinary Mission Case Study

Building a high level of spiritual well-being in your team may take a variety of shapes and sounds. Need: Strong, productive leadership teams are not immune from stress, as Kit Flowers, DVM, and President of Christian Veterinary Missions, experienced recently: “Our regular staff workloads, combined with the outside pressures of a family illness or death,…

Investing in Physical Well Being Pays Spiritual Dividends: A Church of the Rock Case Study

How do you improve the health of your ministry team? Just exercise a little ingenuity. . . . Need: Talk about an issue that weighed heavy on a pastor. Mark Hughes, Pastor of Church of the Rock in Winnipeg, Manitoba recently confessed: “Maybe it’s because I’ve always been passionate about physical fitness and eating well.…

Engaging the Field in Strategic Planning: A World Harvest Mission Case Study

When the new Director of Operations of a global missions organization decided to yield strategic goal setting to the six overseas area directors, he almost made a grown man cry—for good reason. Need: With “fresh eyes” for the strategic planning process, World Harvest Mission’s new Director of Operations, Marc Kyle, had a revelation: “After years…

How Transparent Relatinships Help Build Flourishing Cultures: A Church Web Works Case Study

Can you see how transparency and honesty changed this workplace for the better? True Story: It’s 2001, and you’re in a brisk start-up business, when suddenly your venture capital vanishes. Quicker than you can say “pink slip” you and your colleagues are jobless. That was the day Gavin Fysh and two fellow software engineers asked…

Building Leadership Cohesion For Change: An Apartment Life Case Study

Vision casting can light a fire, but the dream will smolder in a hurry unless . . . Need: The executive leadership at Apartment Life, a national faith-based organization that places CARES teams in apartment communities to build relationships and community with residents, had just unveiled a new organizational model to its staff in order…

Recognizing Great Staff By Giving Them “The Boot:” The Navigators Case Study

  The symbolic meaning of a hiking boot is changing the way employees of an international ministry see themselves, while steadily increasing the impact and effectiveness of their team. NEED: Gregg Elmendorf, the Director of Operations and Administration for The Navigators People Resources Team (PRT) will unabashedly tell you that the heart and soul of…