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Articles in this category focus on practical issues of how we build healthy leaders and lessons learned

A Teacher’s Greatest Disappointment

A certain leader took on a very promising young man to disciple in the faith. The leader’s reputation was such that if he were to let it be known that he was looking for someone to mentor, most people would drop everything to volunteer for the position. The leader poured heart and soul over that young man, but he was still a tremendous disappointment.

David GoodmanDavid Goodman

Mentoring for Kingdom Potential

Like towering trees in a dense forest, leaders in Jesus’ time were egocentric, oppressive, and in charge. They shut out much needed light for emerging leaders. Perhaps this is why Jesus never described His disciples as leaders. He didn’t want future leaders of His church to absorb those leadership values. The church’s healthy beginning was linked to Jesus’ sacrificial resolve to lead by focusing on His followers’ highest potential. Rick uses examples from the beginning of his ministry as a pastor to illustrate how experienced Christians can have a tremendous impact on younger, less mature Christians through mentoring.

Rick SessomsRick Sessoms

Jesus Intentionally Built Leaders

Transformation of a caterpillar into a gorgeous butterfly is biologically amazing. Transforming fishermen, shepherds, and tax collectors into mighty men of faith and leadership was the intentional act of Jesus. The results were obvious, turning the world upside down. Such should be the results of our own discipleship. God freely gives this ability of building leaders to anyone who will answer His call.

Stan DeKovenStan DeKoven

24 Charts of Leadership Styles Around The World

Growing up in three countries (South Korea, Canada and United States), I’m fascinated by how culture shapes different leadership styles. Richard D. Lewis charted 24 different leadership styles in his book “When Cultures Collide.” This is a ground-breaking book when it comes to finding clues to understanding of intercultural communication. The following leadership infographic is quite fascinating!

Paul SohnPaul Sohn

God’s Commitment to Leftovers

In the desert with little water and scarce food, it is a struggle to survive, and that can lead to discouragement. God never wanted life for Jewish leaders to be such a struggle when they came back from Babylon, but they were measuring their problems against their own puny strength rather than measuring them against our mighty God. They forgot God is much bigger than any struggle we face.

Raj ChelvarajRaj Chelvaraj

Truly Christ-Centered Leader Development

Burned out and frustrated Christian leaders are now recognizing that they have been absorbed in His work more than in His Person. Our training programs might harness the latest and greatest of human wisdom and methods, but if we do not bring our emerging leaders into face-to-face encounters with the Son of God, lives will not be changed. Healthy leader development must be entirely Christ-centered, Christ-focused, Christ-absorbed. The Son of God is all in all!

Malcolm WebberMalcolm Webber

A Church Led By Scholars

In today’s western church, if you want to grow in Christ, you are typically directed to study more. The only difference between the church and other educational institutions is that nobody graduates from the church. The church needs leaders who don't write and speak and teach for a living to step up and put some action to their faith.

Rick SessomsRick Sessoms

Feeling the Heat

Leadership work is a performance and we are like the drums. If we are hard and unprepared we may break when the beating starts. To prepare us ‒ we go through the fire process. We are warmed up, stretched out and made ready for our beating. As the Bible says, we go through the refiner’s fire.



Dr. Stanley ArumugamDr. Stanley Arumugam

7 Key Paradigm Shifts

Although there has been spectacular church growth in recent decades, there has not been corresponding attention given to leader development during this time. Consequently, today we have a deficit of Christian leaders in the existing churches. In addition to this crisis of quantity of new leaders, we also face a crisis of quality of existing leaders.

Malcolm WebberMalcolm Webber