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.
Do not forget that you are not a CEO of a corporation. You are the pastor of a congregation.
We ask Dr. Andrew Hebert, "What is the ideal pastor’s personality?"
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.
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.
Power is a stewardship on loan from God to be used for his glory and for the good of others.
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.
It is not enough to do God’s will. Leaders must do God’s will God’s way.
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.
A few sure signs your leadership is trending downward.
The pastor is saved by the same gospel message he proclaims to his flock, but the nature of his calling invites a stricter judgement.
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.
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.
Sanctified leaders say to God, “I’m willing. The answer is yes. Now God, what is the question?
Part 1 of a 4-part series on leadership and rest.
What does Christ-centered leadership look like?
FTC.CO asks Peyton Hill, "How does one become a Christ-centered leader?"
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.
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.
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.
The subtlest and most detrimental leadership distraction in our day is the drift away from leadership itself.
If you’re a leader, others might have been involved in the mistake, but they were likely following your lead.
How accepting our boundaries frees us to flourish as pastors.
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.
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.
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
As we acknowledge the need to lead humbly, what does godly, humble leadership look like in the day-to-day?
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.
Leader, on your worst day, you are still a child of God!
One important principle of building trust is measured by how well you respond to criticism.
When we lead loyally, people will remember who we follow.
What are some non-negotiables for training leaders in the church?
What qualities are non-negotiable for biblical leadership?
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?
I believe leading worship is a lot like having someone follow you home.
We disciple, not by looking down on people, but by looking at them.
Plurality is possible. God commands it. Let’s pursue it and protect it.
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…
We ask Dr. Frank Page, "What qualities are non-negotiable for biblical leadership?"
We ask Clint Pressley, "How do you lead big change in a church without blowing it up?"
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.
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.
Do you understand productivity in the right way? Is your approach to "getting things done" rooted in the gospel and its implications?
High trust may not help a poor plan, but low trust will crush a good one.
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.”
Paul was not a rich man, probably not even well-to-do, but he certainly knew what it was to work.
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
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.