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.
The home is a microcosm of the church. If a man can’t lead his home effectively, how will he lead a church?
Both verbal and written communication are important because of the significance of the message we are conveying.
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?"
The man called to leadership within the church must see himself as overseeer and view his calling as a high calling that requires sacrifice and passion for the task.
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.
To grow, leaders must stoop.
God loves us so much that he will push us off the altar of our accomplishments.
When I can’t hear the gospel, my role grows large, my expectations swell and my mind visits some strange places and absurd ideas.
The humility of Christ calls us to let His loaned power rest in our hands, but never to close our fists around it.
Are leaders created or developed? This age-old question is not easily answered. There are natural leaders, but anyone can grow into a leadership role.
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.
The day after, everyone had cooled off a bit. I stepped into my mentor's office not knowing I was about to learn a lesson I would never forget.
Many churches are pursuing a bit more "simple church." We’ve gotten the memo that activity does not equal godliness.
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.
FTC.co asks Steve Bezner, Lead Pastor at Houston Northwest Church in Houston, TX: "What should pastors remember when leading through times of conflict?"
The elder who shies away from exercising oversight does the church a disservice just like the authoritarian elder who rules with an ungodly dominance.
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?
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.
Part 1 of a 4-part series on leadership and rest.
If you’ll do these things, you’ll continue to grow as a leader in health and effectiveness, and your organization will grow right along with you.
What does Christ-centered leadership look like?
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.
Interviewing can be a rough experience for most pastors, but it doesn’t have to be.
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.
Christian leaders, consider this: you have been given stewardship, not ownership
FTC.co asks Noah Oldham, "When are you most tempted to throw in the towel as a pastor?"
FTC.co asks Nathan Rose, pastor at Liberty Baptist Church in Liberty, MO, "What traits should a pastor have who is leading church revitalization?"
FTC.co asks Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor at The Village Church, "How do you lead a growing church without getting a big head?"
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.
Stuff is going to happen. Things will break. People will hurt you. Leaders will disappoint you. But Jesus never fails. Never.
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.