The best leaders I know keep growing. They never settle for mediocrity. They look for and tackle challenges that stretch them beyond their own comfort zone. However, some leaders do stop growing and here are 10 common reasons they do.
When the apostle Paul describes the church as God’s household, His family, what does he really mean?
God doesn’t impose on any leader the need to acknowledge Him as the source of their leadership abilities or gratitude for placing them in that position.
An individual can continue to grow even with a leader he or she cannot respect – sometimes even more. Here are seven actions I suggest when you don’t respect the leader.
When we focus on our goals instead of our health, if we reach the goal, we have sacrificed an area of health (spiritual, emotional, physical, or relational). If we seek health before goals, we reach our goals healthily.
Many leaders are very conscientious and have a hard time giving away power to others. To be sure that things are done properly, they often end up just doing the work themselves. As a result, they are exhausted and their team members are frustrated. But how do we know which responsibilities we can give away and which ones we personally must do?
I’ve been reflecting on the value of being crystal clear about what matters most. It’s an ongoing leadership exercise for me. While most personal resolutions remain short-lived, children’s ministry calls for a higher standard. Churches must never be okay with dropping the ball on this one. The lives of kids, families, and leaders are on the line.
As God’s people, our activity must be rooted in the identity He has graciously given us. Eric writes about six essential identities a ministry leader must have.
We can’t fight all the time; we need time for refreshment and encouragement. The warrior becomes a shepherd through his or her love and affirmation of the sheep.
As a leader, I can't offer renewal for others unless I experience it myself.
Any leader is only complete when they have healthy, nourishing friendships. Specifically, they must be nurtured through four different communities.
There’s no shortage of answers, and in the wake of each pastoral scandal, all sorts of finger pointing ensues. Certainly, we could, and probably should, question our definitions of success or our defining ministry philosophies. My goal is much more meager.
It seems like a simple recipe. First, you quiet your ego. Then, you become a better learner. Finally, you emerge a better thinker. If you have ever witnessed a disaster being pulled from a smoking oven, you know that some recipes are more difficult to execute than others. The recipe for better thinking is one of those difficult recipes and ego is the spoiler.
Our heavenly Father is filled with compassion for His blood-bought children. He has more sympathy than any human parent. Our God is not stoic and unaffected, but is touched by our afflictions. And we can come to our Father and unburden our hearts to Him. He longs for us to do this and He is eager to help.
The mistake many leaders make is to solicit people to serve as their people of prayer. Here are three reasons we feel that’s unwise.
Dr. Alice Smith
We all would agree that prayer is important, but for many of us it doesn’t hold an essential place in our minds. Let’s take a moment and go back to how Jesus built leaders.
Reflection can be tough. Even though I had a great year, there are challenges I face daily. I have to make daily decisions to overcome my fears of abandonment and broken trust.