Resources on Leadership

Nov 10, 2016

When Leaders Implode (Part One) by Dave Harvey

When leaders fail, the entire culture of the church is soaked. And only the gospel is sturdy enough to push back the torrent of consequences splashed over her.

Oct 18, 2016

What is Your Vision for This Church? by H.B. Charles, Jr.

Do not forget that you are not a CEO of a corporation. You are the pastor of a congregation.

Jul 12, 2016

What is the Ideal Pastor’s Personality?

We ask Dr. Andrew Hebert, "What is the ideal pastor’s personality?"

Jun 21, 2015

Training Up Leaders by Jeremy Writebol

I have learned that “growing a garden” is one of the most enjoyable and fruitful things that you can do in ministry. In fact, I might be so bold as to say that unless you are working to train up and develop leaders in your church plant you probably aren’t being faithful to the biblical calling you have as a pastor or church planter.

Jun 30, 2016

The Worth of Waiting: A Word to Aspiring Elders by Johnny Antle

In waiting for noble things in this life, we should be reminded that we wait for One whose nobility far exceeds everything on earth in every respect.

May 23, 2016

The Stewardship of Power by Mike Ayers

Power is a stewardship on loan from God to be used for his glory and for the good of others.

Jan 14, 2016

The Slippery Slope of Vision Salesmanship

Casting Vision Without Feeling Icky

I wanted to find a way to lead my church to do the things the Bible commanded us to do, but I wanted to stay away from embracing behaviors that were too forced, too pushy, too…icky. Which led me to some guiding practices. I’ve used this over the last six years, and they have helped me be faithful in leading our church without compromising my integrity.

May 28, 2015

The Faith Walk of Leadership by Mike Ayers

It is not enough to do God’s will. Leaders must do God’s will God’s way.

Apr 25, 2015

The Essential Element of Christian Leadership by Jimmy Draper

The lack of certainty of a divine call to the ministry is one of the main reasons why approximately one-half of seminary students leave the ministry within 5 years after leaving the seminary. Without the assurance of God’s call on your life you will not make it in ministry. But while the ministry is a terrible vocation, it is a wonderful calling.

May 17, 2016

Sure Signs of Bad Leadership by Dayton Hartman

A few sure signs your leadership is trending downward.

Sep 6, 2016

Stricter Judgement for the Justified Pastor by Sam Parkison

The pastor is saved by the same gospel message he proclaims to his flock, but the nature of his calling invites a stricter judgement.

Apr 26, 2015

Stewardship, Not Ownership by Mike Ayers

When we believe that the things we possess are actually ours or exist because of us, they begin to control and define us rather than the other way around.

Apr 27, 2015

Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars in the Church by Charles Smith

Are you a leader who wants to unify your church and dismantle the silos, politics, and turf wars that frustrate real ministry and mission? Then labor to help your people see beyond their own cardboard kingdoms and embrace the greater kingdom of God.

May 13, 2015

Sanctification and Leadership by Mike Ayers

Sanctified leaders say to God, “I’m willing. The answer is yes. Now God, what is the question?

Apr 6

Remember the Sabbath: Part 1 by Mike Ayers

Part 1 of a 4-part series on leadership and rest.

Jun 15, 2015

Peyton Hill On Christ-Centered Leadership

What does Christ-centered leadership look like?

Series: Conversations

What does Christ-centered leadership look like?

Jun 15, 2015

Peyton Hill on Christ-centered Leadership by Peyton Hill

FTC.CO asks Peyton Hill, "How does one become a Christ-centered leader?"

Jul 19, 2016

Pastor, This Isn't a Competition by K.V. Paxton

Pastor, this is not a competition. God loves you just as extravagantly in your failures as He does in your successes and He isn't comparing your ministry to the one across the street.

Apr 13

Pastor, Defend Christian Liberty by Caleb Greggsen

Defend your people’s freedom in Christ with your life if necessary. But do not impinge on their freedom, even if you think it’s for their own good.

Jun 28, 2016

On Leadership and Maintaining Moral Authority by Adam McClendon

Moral integrity helps to gain respect and influence in our culture; however, when our moral authority is compromised it undercuts our influence and our ability to lead effectively.

May 3, 2016

Managing Things or Leading People by Mike Ayers

The subtlest and most detrimental leadership distraction in our day is the drift away from leadership itself.

Mar 22

Making A Pastoral Apology by Chuck Fuller

If you’re a leader, others might have been involved in the mistake, but they were likely following your lead. 

Feb 29, 2016

Limitless Grace for Limited Leaders

How Accepting Our Boundaries Frees us to Flourish as Pastors

How accepting our boundaries frees us to flourish as pastors.

Apr 22, 2015

Learning from Conflict by Mike Ayers

In truth, we often experience conflict in our lives and leadership because of our own actions, insecurities, and ill-motivated decisions. Since this is true, it is important for leaders to learn to ponder the hardships they face by first looking internally at what might be driving conflict with others—including their own lack of character and/or competence.

May 8, 2015

Lead Your Team Meeting Like a Great Teacher by Jared Musgrove

Many of us were never trained in our formal education, internships, or perhaps even our associate roles how to lead a great ministry team meeting. This was something that became apparent to me as I stepped into lead a burgeoning team of strong leaders at my church. What follows here are hard knocks and necessary considerations, I believe, for a great ministry meeting.

May 12, 2015

Leading Staff in The Rural Church by John Powell

Many times, those who lead ministries in small or rural churches let slide things like effective staff leadership, thinking such a practice is only the mandate for larger churches or churches in busier contexts. But if the small, rural church pastors neglect tending to their support leaders -- whether vocational or volunteer -- they can stifle the growth of their ministry

Jan 26

Leading Meetings with Humility by Adam McClendon

As we acknowledge the need to lead humbly, what does godly, humble leadership look like in the day-to-day?

May 15, 2015

Leading From The Murky Middle by Nathan Lino

If you are called and gifted to lead, you would do well to remember there are two points of reference set before you–the current reality and the future destination.

Jan 12, 2016

Leader, You Are First A Child of God by Mike Ayers

Leader, on your worst day, you are still a child of God!

May 16, 2015

Leader, Who Do You Follow? by Neil Franks

One important principle of building trust is measured by how well you respond to criticism.

Apr 30, 2015

Leaders Stoop by Joey Cochran

When we lead loyally, people will remember who we follow.

Jun 15, 2015

Kevin Peck on Non-Negotiables for Training Leaders in the Church

What are some non-negotiables for training leaders in the church?

by Staff

What are some non-negotiables for training leaders in the church?

Jun 15, 2015

John Yeats on Non-Negotiables for Biblical Leadership by Staff

What qualities are non-negotiable for biblical leadership?

Mar 27, 2015

God, the Gospel, and Getting Things Done

Panel Discussion with Matt Perman, Jason Allen, and Charles Smith

Midwestern Seminary's President Jason K. Allen and Vice President for Institutional Relations Charles Smith discuss the practicalities of gospel-centered productivity with Matt Perman, leadership coach and author of What's Best Next?

Mar 22, 2016

Follow the Leader by Brent Dyer

I believe leading worship is a lot like having someone follow you home.

Sep 14, 2016

Eye-Rolling is Not Discipleship by Daniel Darling

We disciple, not by looking down on people, but by looking at them. 

Apr 13

Encouraging a Plurality of Elders by J.A. Medders

Plurality is possible. God commands it. Let’s pursue it and protect it.

Aug 31, 2014

Eldership Principles - Abilities and Actions by J.A. Medders

Eldership in the local church is a big deal. Every local church needs a plurality of elders/pastors who lead the church.

Being in the church planting world, eldership in a new church is huge. Church planter this needs to be on your radar. And what I have seen, some planters are not sure how to look for elders, define their roles and/or develop them. They are near paralyzed…

Jun 7, 2016

Dr. Frank Page on Non-Negotiable Leadership Qualities

We ask Dr. Frank Page, "What qualities are non-negotiable for biblical leadership?"

Feb 14

Clint Pressley on Leading Big Change in the Local Church

We ask Clint Pressley, "How do you lead big change in a church without blowing it up?"

May 1, 2015

Christless Christian Character Studies

King David, King Jesus, and Correct Leadership Application

In order to understand the narratives of the Old Testament and the leadership principles contained within its passages, Jesus must drive the meaning of the texts.

Jan 4

Caution and Help for the Hyperdriven Leader by Mike Ayers

There are leaders that propel their churches forward at breakneck rates helping them journey great distances and achieve impressive results. Though they often refer to themselves as “visionary leaders," I would argue that many of them are more hyperdriven than visionary.

Apr 29, 2015

Busting 12 Myths About Productivity by Matt Perman

Do you understand productivity in the right way? Is your approach to "getting things done" rooted in the gospel and its implications?

May 13, 2015

Building Trust as a Leader by Neil Franks

High trust may not help a poor plan, but low trust will crush a good one.

Feb 14

Be a Humble, Lifelong Learner by Joshua Hedger

There is something freeing when you humble yourself and place yourself before a group of people who say, “We see this area that needs to be worked on.”

May 25, 2016

An Elder's Example of Work and Giving by Joel Littlefield

Paul was not a rich man, probably not even well-to-do, but he certainly knew what it was to work.

Jun 28, 2015

AAA Leadership by Adam McClendon

Learning from the biblical Aaron’s missteps continues to be a helpful marker for me and leads me to think about a practical three-step process to keep my leaders from self-sabotage

Sep 8, 2016

5 Distinctives of Biblical Leadership by Mike Ayers

More and more we find ourselves borrowing leadership concepts from an upside-down world. However, Biblical leadership is distinctly different from that described and defined by the world.