As a child in Africa, it took two weeks for us to learn of the death of my own grandmother by way of a telegram relayed from continent to continent and handed off to a bicycle courier who made the day-long trip in hopes of a gratuity upon delivery. Things have changed.
Barnabas, the “son of encouragement,” demonstrates mentoring in some ways we might find surprising. Dr. David Goodman examines five qualities in this gifted mentor’s ministry, for each of us to emulate (including, possibly needing to kiss a few frogs).
Leaders who build leaders should themselves be involved in the daily responsibilities of leadership. They should not teach in some artificial environment removed from the real world.
We must first teach our students to pursue service, and watch their influence and leadership naturally expand as a result. When we choose to serve, everything else seems to fall into place.
Change is a necessary part of leadership, so what are the principles for leading a healthy change process?
Christian leadership is as transformational to us as it is to those we are called to lead.
All selection involves risk and work, but creating a process that brings clarity, creates communication and makes honest assessments possible is fundamental to wise leader selection.
Leaders must give hope for the future, mobilize people in a direction, and believe deep in the core of who they are that there are great opportunities on the horizon.
Leading people in the name of Jesus is complex, demanding great wisdom and discernment. But for the last 18 months, I have been meditating on the leadership of Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel. It has shaken me.
God has wired us with intrinsic power to explore new avenues and to venture out, trusting Him who alone is omniscient and omnipresent. Perhaps we should reach out beyond the closed walls and the locked screens and start sharing our questions and hopes freely with those who journey along with us. With God we will make it through these [...]
Dr. Jessy Thomas
Followers possess extraordinary power. Here’s how they can use it.
This was the kind of leadership Jesus taught and modeled to His disciples: a leadership born of brokenness, produced in pain, forged in the fire of suffering.
A great alternative for older pastors is the ministry once known as “interim pastorate.” Whatever you call this position, the interim pastorate isn’t what it used to be. Increasing numbers of interim or transitional pastors are now deliberately using the “in between time” in churches as a great opportunity to bring about congregational [...]
Jesus’ purpose is to build His Church. That must be our purpose: to work in the building of His Church.
Don’t start big. Start small. Concentrate on one bite of the elephant at a time.
An organization has three primary stages of its life cycle, and leaders are responsible to focus on all of them.
This is the kind of advice that sounds good on paper, but when the rubber meets the road, it can be scary. The only thing that’s scarier would be for a generation of high-potential leaders to walk away from an inflexible church.
No leader will ever be perfect, but every leader must be growing.
It seems counterintuitive, but the more you replicate yourself, the greater your job security.
We limit our thinking when we assume that staff are simply motivated by external rewards. Research reveals a different reality.