Phonto App Review | The Perfect App for Pictures


It seems impossible to find an app that, without compromise, allows me to add text to a photo on my iPhone. I previously had mentioned using FrameUrLife as one that has a lot of promise. I still love the app, but wanted to keep looking to see if there was something more suited for me. It bugs me that Instagram and Facebook could possibly use my images without my knowledge so I like to add a watermark to each image before I upload them. It’s a silly rebellion but I find it enjoyable.

Coffee For the Team

Coffee run before our team meeting this morning!

God Called Twice


When Did You Realize You Were a Leader?

I knew it was time to lead when the same job opportunity came up twice in twelve months. God got my attention when the phone rang the first time, but I declined due to family commitments. The second call was unmistakable, as loud as thunder. God had a plan and I realized I was the person to implement it.

We All Want to Feel Awesome

Become an Awesome-Maker

During my early years of working in the church many of my leaders wanted to see me succeed. I would fail and then fear they would give up on me. But their desire to see me do well was so strong that they would each continue to pour into and challenge me to grow and improve. Knowing I had a safe environment to experience failure gave me freedom to take big risks. I loved having someone there at the end of the day to make me feel awesome regardless of the outcome. I call those people awesome-makers.

The older you get and the higher you climb on the leadership ladder awesome-makers become hard and harder to find. I don’t know what disease you contract when you reach adulthood but one of the symptoms is definitely a lack of people who’s expressed purpose in your life is to encourage you.

Sharing the Love – November 15

Lots of good love to share this week!

  • 30 Dr. Seuss Quotes That Could Change Your Life
  • Social Media Strategy Ideas for Non-Profit Organizations
  • How to Do Your Own Social Media Audit
  • 7 Simple and Proven Tips to Increase Your Blog Subscribers
  • Trying to Understand Social Networking Get Up to Speed in 4 Steps
Leaders don't force people to follow. They invite them on a journey.

From the Leadership Board

A Kick In the Pants When You’re Running on Empty

I recently had the privilege of appearing on the Saturday morning radio program Bold Living with Diane Markins. Several weeks prior to our interview, Diane called me with deep frustration and discouragement. I think everyone has these moments, but it’s crazy how when you’re in the middle of it you feel like the you’re the only one. You feel alone.

How to Launch a Giving Kiosk


Has the thought ever crossed your mind to put an ATM kiosk in your lobby? Instead of giving money out, this machine takes money in. My church considered it… and then we bought one. Our new purchase would provide our members with the option to give using their credit or debit card. The team thought it would be a huge hit and catch on immediately: a year later it failed to give the results we were hoping for.