People assume the surfer is in control, and he does control his body and the board, but clearly the ocean is in charge; the ocean can do what it wants with the surfer. The same is true in leadership. Most leaders live in a fascinating dilemma. Others see them as controlling everything, but they feel as though they are in control of [...]
I had been praying “God, get me outta here,” but God had a plan I did not understand. He took us deeper into the situation instead of bringing us out!
Change only occurs when someone, somewhere takes responsibility for a situation.
The life we are offered as a disciple of Jesus Christ is the life of the steward. As stewards, we are set free by three transformational truths: God owns everything, God will always provide for all our needs, and the greatest blessings come to those who give.
We long to serve with leaders who are humble, and we are wise to walk in humility ourselves. But what does humility in leadership look like?
It’s humbling to have to admit this, but I am not as merciful and peace loving as I have wanted or hoped to be.
Chronic worry is something you choose, but so is courage. Every day I am choosing to put my trust in the Almighty a little bit more. Make sure you are aiming at the right things, the things Jesus would want you running after.
I realized at the funeral that I need to change my perspective. As the Bible clearly commands: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice” (Phil 4:4).
Leadership, at its best, inspires others toward what is true and beautiful. How do good leaders stay on track?
Leaders who are truly disciplined in their thoughts, actions, and life go the next step. These disciplined leaders know to be truly disciplined they have to control their focus.
The common leadership counsel to focus on your strengths is wise, with one important caveat. Your weaknesses must be addressed and brought to an acceptable norm or they will overshadow your strengths.
John Owen strongly challenged: “Be killing sin or sin will be killing you.” Overcoming temptation is active, not passive. Here are three temptations leaders must fight against daily.
Make no mistake, this mournful heart condition that He forms in us, of longing for the things of Christ to be seen and established and over all, is indeed blessed: not a selfish cocktail of leadership insecurity and lime-light grabbing tendency; not a bunch of immature responses of the flesh to the people we’re called to love and the [...]
Kevin Cashman lists several questions that can help reveal where our leadership strengths lie. In this article, these five questions have been adapted. I suggest reading these questions slowly and reflectively every day for the next five days.
Underneath the cool of the giant mango trees, I sat with them until late into the night. I patiently listened to their grievances with one another. While I was thousands of miles from my home ‒ deep in the jungle ‒ I felt as if I were in the middle of an American church business meeting ‒ division, bitterness, self-pride, and control. [...]
Humility involves recognizing and boldly using the gifts that God has given us, in the places where He puts us.
In Psalm 15:1, King David, poses a question about character, “God, what do You look for in those who draw close to You?” As Christian leaders, we need to always be assessing our character to make sure it is of a heavenly standard.
I’ve observed explosive lies beneath the surface bring devastating fallout to friends, family, ministries, and a watching world. Here are three of those lies.
Jesus taught “Whoever is faithful in very little is also faithful in much, and whoever is unrighteous in very little is also unrighteous in much” (Luke 16:10). Those who are not faithful in the important aspects of leadership now likely won’t be later.
As a leader, you have a certain set of standards for those you lead. Those standards basically revolve around your followers being disciplined.