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.
Sometimes we have to look at things on a deeper, heart level and understand why people and situations are the way they are. Even why we are the way we are, and what we might need to change.
How to form Christians today is unclear.
Jesus built leaders who were “with Him.” He did not do it at a distance; He did it closely, He did it personally. He did it properly.
For most people, programs will not automatically transform them into superior leaders, as if they were butterflies emerging from cocoons. We should spend more time on accurately identifying which ones we should work with.
The teaching of the Word of God was central in Jesus’ method of building leaders, and it must be in ours.
I love thinking about leadership through the lens of belaying. Belaying is something I hated to do when I first began to ice climb. I felt inadequate and unfit to hold someone’s life in my hands. But what can this experience of belaying teach you about leadership? Let’s take a look.
There are three kinds of leaders, but only one is truly effective.
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.