Not For Cowards

Posted April 7, 2014

My friend Chris Marshall wrote the following piece on Leadership. I encourage you to take time to read the whole article which concludes with at timely challenge for emerging leaders.     Leadership is not for cowards “Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.” —Publilius Syrus This is a quote from the first century Latin writer and I’m pretty sure the embedded truth within it’s meaning still rings true today.  Leadership is not for the weak.  Leadership is not about titles, riches or glory.  Leadership is not for the selfish ambitions of prideful men and women.  Leadership is not often what makes headlines.  Leadership is not a calculated science of planned procedures.  Leadership is often not executed in predictable weather, rather it is needed most when the turbulence is high.  Leadership is not easy.  Leadership is not for cowards. More


Posted April 2, 2014

This week I’ve been working on a fundraiser for our kid’s high school athletic programs. It’s amazing how many people you meet when you volunteer for something like this. I’m now in association with local business owners, media leaders, coaches and a ton of parents. I volunteered because I wanted to help with my kids sports activities, but I coaching them is way out of my league. So I’m serving as an organizer, which is something I do every day. Organizing is a kind of leadership that I enjoy and see good results. How does this connect with the LeadershipOnRamp? Real simple. Leaders lead by example. We look for leaders who will use their strengths to serve others for the sake of the Gospel. We mobilize More Leaders for More Places who lead by example. When we evaluate leadership strengths we also evaluate their serve. When we create a development...[ Read More ]

Leading in a City

Posted February 26, 2014

I have been active in city government for over ten years and before that I held formal leadership roles on a variety of boards and committees. You may not get fired up by this kind of leadership, but I find it fascinating. There are a lot of ways movement takes shape, working through formal power structures is one of them. For the most part, I didn’t seek out these positions, I just followed the invitations to participate. Here’s my story… My first experience with the Edmonds City Council happened over 14 years ago when my wife and I began organizing neighbors to slow the speed of traffic on our street. One of our neighbors suggested we speak to the City Council and then nominated me, the newbie, to go make an appeal. The process was simple enough, I signed-up on a sheet of paper by the front door and waited...[ Read More ]

Newsletter – Resource Page

Posted January 15, 2014

We’re working on setting up Live Event dates for 2014. If your organization would like to sponsor an event, you can reach me at the number posted below. Go to our Resource tab and look for the link to OnRamp News. You’ll find pictures from our most recent event and comment from participants. Pastors like bringing their candidates and serving in the process because they are investing in the local movement. They learn from others like themselves and build relationships with others who take their mission seriously. Find out how LeadershipOnRamp can help your organization mobilize more leaders for more places. Neil Tibbott phone . text 425.773.4682  

VIRAL Discipleship

Posted October 29, 2013

This year I started working with a church with a strong value for making disciples and has several elders with a stellar track record for growing men and women into servant leaders.  AS we unpacked their history we began to ask, how can we take this value, simplify their best practices and come up with a tool that most anyone could use? That's when we created a bookmark with discussion questions in five areas: Verses, Insight, Respond, Adjust and Lead.  We call these discussions V.I.R.A.L. Conversations.  I have been using these questions with a group in my neighborhood and modifying them slightly for spiritual conversation with anyone who wants to know more about Jesus. If you'd like to see a sample, send me an email.  I'll post a copy of the questions later. What helps you multiply disciplemakers?  

Missions Fest –

Posted October 14, 2013 I will be speaking at Missions Fest this weekend on Saturday March 19th at 11 a.m. in Room 103.  I am bringing a new resource for emerging leaders who are motivated to focus their next steps. I hope to see you in Kirkland this weekend.

Cultivating Missional Movements

Posted September 5, 2013

Catch the next Cultivating Missional Movements Workshop Have you caught the vision for The Missional Journey? If you’re ready for some serious help on implementing incarnational, missional ministry, come to the Cultivating Missional Movements Workshop, presented by Bob Logan and Dave DeVries. 1 ½ day open event November 20-21, 2013 Bellevue, WA At this workshop, we’ll dig into all the systems necessary to start, support and multiply missional movements. How do you actually implement this vision in a way that results in true movements on a regional or national level? Come join us and discover the practical strategies and action steps that get you where you want to go. Here’s what you will take away from this 1 ½ day workshop: Connection with others who have a similar vision and heart A framework for how to move forward most effectively Assessment of what’s currently functioning well in your system Identification...[ Read More ]
We’re beginning to gather names of candidates and receive the Readiness Survey. If you’re interested in coming as a Candidate, Coach or Interviewer, then read on… LIVE EVENT – November 12, 2013 Place – Crossroads Bible Church in Bellevue, WA The focus of this live event will be for leaders considering their place and preparation for leading a missional ministry like a church plant or missional community. We welcome anyone ready to kick the tires for these ministry opportunities. Most Candidates will need 3 to 4 weeks to complete their online applications and assessments, depending on their other work responsibilities. We also ask candidates to bring an Elder/Leader from their church AND a Coach/Friend who will be part of their support team while navigating the OnRamp. Check out the Readiness Survey on the Resource tab to get started. We look forward to meeting our next batch of candidates and extend...[ Read More ]

Qualities of a Mentor

Posted July 1, 2013

What do you look for in a person whom you want to learn from? Mentors are THOSE kind of people.  They are people we like to learn from. They are flexible in their approach to handling problems, but they have boundaries.   They take an interest in enthusiastic learners, but they are not indiscriminate.   They know the value of time and select the people they invest in carefully.  They are mature, that is to say they practice wisdom. One of the traits that I admire most in a mentor and one that I want to foster in myself is that of a learner.  For me, this is one of the greatest benefits of being a mentor, learning from those I come alongside. Their breakthroughs become my breakthroughs.  Their growth is a learning opportunity for me. What makes you a great mentor?  

The Genius of Good Enough

Posted May 27, 2013

While riding the treadmill at the gym the other night a new story flashed across the screen. Forty-two percent of moms suffer stress from using the Pinterest website. Here’s the conclusion from the publishers of the survey… “In our exclusive TODAY Moms survey of 7,000 U.S. mothers, 42 percent said that they sometimes suffer from Pinterest stress – the worry that they’re not crafty or creative enough.” Lisa Mohrman/ I admit I haven’t been to Pinterest or even had an interest to Pin, but here’s the deal… I can relate to the stress of having to many ideas for my own good. Whether they come from books, ads, blogs or sites, our culture has no shortage of words about ideas. Then I recalled a time while planting a church Southern California that a certain segment of our body (and the whole region for that matter) had been influenced by a...[ Read More ]