Be the “CGO”

What does your team need to lead well and move your ministry culture closer to fulfilling your vision? Are they waiting on some brand-new, ground-breaking, never-heard-of-before concept from you, their fearless leader? If so, then, like the teams I have led, they are going to be somewhat disappointed.

Great leaders are great gatherers.

Let’s face it, their is very little new material out there. A wise leader once said, “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which one can say, ‘Look! This is something new’? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.” Ecclesiastes 1:9-10.

While we all know this is true, there is an amazing amount of fresh perspectives, new angles, challenging insights, inspirational stories and relevant applications just waiting to be gleaned by you and your team.

It’s time for you to see yourself as the CGO – Chief Gathering Officer.

I have often told my teams, the churches I have coached or audiences I have addressed that, “I borrow nothing but the best material!” 

Here’s what your team needs from you…

  1. Be humble enough to be the consummate student, the leader in constantly learning and growing.
  2. Be proactive enough to not merely pass it on, but to process with your lead team the ways in which the material is challenging each of you… and how to apply it!
  3. Be wise enough to grow from the insights your team gains and brings to the table of your organization.

Sure, everyone seems to be publishing a new book, hosting a new podcast, blogging and vlogging with the best of them. This can put a lot of needless pressure to perform on the local leader. However, you don’t have to have thousands of twitter followers to be of great value to your team.

Go out there and gather the best you can find and bring it back to your team. Elevate your culture by being the CGO of your ministry or organization!

Check out one of the best gatherers out there for ministry and organizational leadership! Be sure to subscribe to his podcast to hear from the incredible people he interviews on a weekly basis… Carey Nieuwhof Leadership




  1. always good stuff, Tom. Thanks for taking the time to send these out! William Sallee Pastor of Worship, The Church At Bradenton see us at


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