Thursday, October 6, 2022
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Growth Is Hope (a Sweet Taste of the Future)

An update on my garden, and on areas I need to grow in personally.

When Your Needle Hits Empty

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matt 11:28. Ministry hinges on leaders, but effective leaders are few and precious and many effective leaders fall. But before they fall, they burn out.

The Idolatry of Missions

Missionaries are like the church’s Special Forces, right? They go into enemy territory, sometimes covertly, tearing down walls for Jesus. They have special training, preparing them to serve in the darkest places around the globe. Missionaries are on the front lines of the Kingdom of Heaven, right? I’m sorry, but no.

How the Gospel Frees Us To Risk

I want Christ, but I too often want Him as a kind of quantifiable spiritual asset, as something I can always check to be sure of just as I can check my bank account balance or my cholesterol level. I want what God has promised, but I want power of attorney to execute those promises when I’ve determined I need them. That’s not what the gospel of Jesus Christ is all about.

Why We Make So Much of Jesus

Jesus Christ was the First. The Most. The Best. The Last. The Everything. Regardless of what they tell you, the Christian faith is not about love. Jesus. It’s all about Jesus.

4 Ways to Create a Work-Life Balance in Ministry

One of the hardest things to figure out in ministry is work/life balance. The schedule is 24/7. Because the demands of the job itself deal with the spiritual and emotional wellbeing of those in your church, it can be hard to say no. There are many good people in ministry who have made bad decisions that can be traced back to their inability to balance well. In my experience, there are four practical ideas you can use to help maintain a healthy balance in ministry.

Mental Health and Leading When You Are Unwell: Part II

Your mental health can determine your leadership effectiveness.

Mental Health: How to Lead Well When You Are Unwell: Part 1

Workplaces that support employee mental health are progressive. But what about the mental health of the leaders?

10 Reasons We Don’t Let Go

Jesus models for us a letting go of control, earthly power, and reputation. He empties Himself at the cross, trusting in the goodness and love of the Father. God intends that we follow the same path. Yet, in situations both the large and small, we find this incredibly difficult. Why?

Three Temptations Leaders Must Fight Daily

John Owen strongly challenged: “Be killing sin or sin will be killing you.” Overcoming temptation is active, not passive. Here are three temptations leaders must fight against daily.

4 Downsides of “This Is the Most Important Message Ever!”

Here are four downsides to every message, announcement, meeting, or event being the most important one in human history, ever.

Recommitting to the Call

If you feel that this is the place God wants you to be at the moment, recommit yourself to your role and thank Him for being there for you. If not, ask God where He wants you to be.

How to Rejoice Under Dark, Dark Clouds

For those of us who do know Jesus, be glad and sing praises, like Matthew Henry or Paul and Silas, no matter what’s happening “down here” in our lives. Remember, the sun is always shining above the clouds, and the steadfast love of our God will never cease.

What it Means to Be a Leader of No Reputation

This is the sixth of seven blog posts that are excerpted from book, Steward Leader Meditations. It is my heartfelt prayer that this book...

Struggling and Losing the Plot

I’ve been working with some leaders recently who are persevering through perennial and seemingly unrelenting loss. Their hearts are asking, “Is the struggle God’s...

How Attractive Are You as a Leader?

When we talk of attractiveness we usually think of our outward appearance, but of course our looks account for such a small percentage. Our attractiveness has much more to do with the depth of our relationship with God, the fruit of the Spirit growing from our lives and how we behave and interact with people.

What’s an “On the Level” Leader Worth?

It’s never too early or late to strengthen our commitment to becoming a God-honoring leader. Everyone impacted by our leadership, including us, will be so grateful we did.

3 Ways to Ensure Your Message Is Not Heard

The most important characteristic in effective communication and effective leadership is credibility. Incredible passion cannot overcome a lack of credibility. Sound logic, as important...

5 Thoughts About Spending Your Leadership Equity Wisely

Every decision you make, and every risk you lead your organization to take will require an investment of some of your leadership equity (the trust people place in you). Here are five thoughts on how to do it right.

10 Reasons Leaders Stop Growing

The best leaders I know keep growing. They never settle for mediocrity. They look for and tackle challenges that stretch them beyond their own...
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