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.
The health and growth of an organization or church depends on every member taking responsibility for the whole – and healthy followers will do so in eleven primary ways.
How to form Christians today is unclear.
Followers possess extraordinary power. Here’s how they can use it.
In a time of so much uncertainty it’s comforting to know there are some rock-solid, absolutely guaranteed, methods to destroy the culture of whatever it is you’re leading. Here they are. Try them out!
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 [...]
Leaders have a choice: they can hold onto their power and use it purely for selfish ends, or they can give their power away to others.
Transformation is radical change. To transform means to change in the way that a caterpillar transforms into a butterfly, or a tadpole into a frog, or a baby into a child and then into an adult. After the process is completed, it is as if the older form ceases to exist.
Some tasks are easier to do yourself, but where’s the fun in that? The fun – really, the sheer delight – is seeing someone else learn to handle a Kingdom responsibility and bless the Lord.
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.
Don’t be discouraged if you wrestle with yourself in leadership … it’s normal, and it can help others truly know you.
A professor of spirituality and ministry discovers that trust grows when leaders notice and release their own agendas.
L. Roger Owens
The classic argument – nurture or nature – is well represented in leader development philosophies everywhere. We would all agree that some people are “born leaders,” but is it really that simple?
The church is encountering significant paradigm shifts in our current age. We must understand these shifts, and be prepared to shift with them.
Transformational leaders strive for higher goals. They engage the full person of the follower. And they initiate the actions that change the course of organizations.
We need to reconnect a leader’s responsibility to do leadership work with his responsibility to build leaders.
Similarly, encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good (Titus 2:6-7a). Here are some ways to “jumpstart” that commitment.
The author of “Unleader” discusses the common traits she has found in effective leaders during her 15 years as president and CEO of Development Associates International.
As we prayerfully introduce pressure into our design, we give our emerging leaders the opportunity to more deeply embrace the cross and the resurrection life that follows.
If you want to be the kind of leader whose organization is on the cutting edge, stop asking for someone to give you an answer you already know. Great leaders have the courage to act!