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.
Power is a stewardship on loan from God to be used for his glory and for the good of others.
In his temptation, Jesus understood that not even a legitimate need should be met in illegitimate ways.
It is not enough to do God’s will. Leaders must do God’s will God’s way.
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.
Sanctified leaders say to God, “I’m willing. The answer is yes. Now God, what is the question?
Through his Holy Spirit, Christ is powerfully present when believers meet together for the purpose of making relationships right.
The Sabbath separates us from the notion that the world can’t survive without us.
Transformation from true sabbath rest comes by renewing our minds, not simply amusing them.
When we “sabbath,” we do as God did. This is the essence of godliness.
Part 1 of a 4-part series on leadership and rest.
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.
I once heard about a pastor who loved crowds, but didn’t like people all that much.
The subtlest and most detrimental leadership distraction in our day is the drift away from leadership itself.
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.
Leader, on your worst day, you are still a child of God!
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.
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!
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 . . .
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.
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.
People want to be a part of something God-sized.
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.
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.
Activity does not always mean productivity and just because you meet doesn’t mean you're accomplishing anything of value.