Resources by Mike Ayers

Mike Ayers, a Regular Contributor to For The Church, is the lead pastor of The Brook Church in Tomball, Texas, the Chair and Professor of Leadership Studies at College of Biblical Studies in Houston, and the author of Power to Lead: Five Essentials for the Practice of Biblical Leadership. He is a husband of 26 years to Tammy, and they have three children: Ryan, Brandon, and Kaley.

Sep 6, 2018

Your Church's Leadership Structure May Not Be the Problem by Mike Ayers

Since the mission of the Church universal is to make disciples of all nations, any church structure should lead to the life transformation of those for whom Christ died.

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.

Apr 19, 2018

The Leader and Abuse of Power by Mike Ayers

In his temptation, Jesus understood that not even a legitimate need should be met in illegitimate ways.

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 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.

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?

Oct 26, 2015

Resolving Conflict God's Way by Mike Ayers

Through his Holy Spirit, Christ is powerfully present when believers meet together for the purpose of making relationships right.

Jul 13, 2017

Remember the Sabbath: Part 4 by Mike Ayers

The Sabbath separates us from the notion that the world can’t survive without us.

Jul 6, 2017

Remember the Sabbath: Part 3 by Mike Ayers

Transformation from true sabbath rest comes by renewing our minds, not simply amusing them.

May 4, 2017

Remember the Sabbath: Part 2 by Mike Ayers

When we “sabbath,” we do as God did. This is the essence of godliness.

Apr 6, 2017

Remember the Sabbath: Part 1 by Mike Ayers

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

Aug 28, 2017

Praying in the Middle of a Storm

3 Godward Petitions for the Hurricane Flooding

Praying these three prayers allows us to seek the activity of God in all this and yet to display deep trust in him to work as he chooses for his glory.

Feb 9, 2016

People Are The Big Deal by Mike Ayers

I once heard about a pastor who loved crowds, but didn’t like people all that much.

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.

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.

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!

Sep 9, 2015

In Defense of Calling by Mike Ayers

The idea of God’s calling has been over-spiritualized, used to justify one’s own self-made ambitions, and marginalized due to people’s discomfort with the notion of a supernatural prompting by God. Yet, the Scripture is filled with example after example of people whose lives were interrupted by a call from God.

May 11, 2018

Humility Before God by Mike Ayers

Because of who He is, in light of who we are, and because we are received by Him, we worship this infinitely other God with hearts full of gratitude and praise!

Jun 27, 2016

How to Handle Difficult People by Mike Ayers

Dealing with difficult people in ministry can certainly be difficult and disappionting. But here are some things I've learned over 20+ years of pastoring . . .

Mar 23, 2016

Hello, My Name is Mike, and I'm an Achievement Addict by Mike Ayers

I know I am not unlike many other leaders in ministry. When we relax, if we are able to relax, we feel guilty. Our math looks like this: doing more = more done. Some will read this will say— “Of course!” The assumption here is that “more” is best.

Jan 4, 2017

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.

Aug 12, 2015

6 Traits of Authentic Christian Community by Mike Ayers

People want to be a part of something God-sized.

Jan 10, 2019

5 Ways to Last 20 Years in the Same Church by Mike Ayers

These things took time and a process in order to come full-circle - the pain of personal growth, the healing after the pain, and the perspective gained in hindsight beyond the healing. And the unnerving and exciting thing is this: God’s still got more to do.​

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.

Mar 7, 2019

10 Ways to Lead a Great Team Meeting by Mike Ayers

Activity does not always mean productivity and just because you meet doesn’t mean you're accomplishing anything of value​.