If you are just starting out in ministry, here are five key lessons Charles Stone learned over the last 20 years as a pastor.
Pastors may already be doing these things, but here are some things missionaries can remind us.
Successful church leaders naturally think differently than the majority of church leaders. It’s one of the things that set them apart. The good news is you can learn to think just like them. Here are five ways successful church leaders think differently.
How to form Christians today is unclear. The challenge is that the basic patterns of life have shifted in an increasingly digital and networked world. The new patterns have not fully emerged, but the shifts are as profound as the move from farm to factory in earlier generations.
It is far better to have people on your team who are interested than it is people who are constantly worrying about being interesting.
Working from home can also be a hugely distracting, counter-productive and unhealthy existence. Hence, here are seven tips to help you decide when/if working at home is best for the health of your leadership.
If a leader begins a day in chaos, the entire day will likely be chaotic. Instead, a leader should begin the day with his/her affections set on the Lord and with the mind focused on what is most important.
Every dialogue can be either a competition, or a bond of connection with another person.
Most leaders I talk with are working too hard; they never shut it down. No wonder they run out of ideas.
Communication and leadership are intertwined and deeply connected. When leaders fumble in execution, culture formation, or rallying a team, the fumble is often in communication. Leadership mistakes are often synonymous with communication mistakes.
Many people aren’t looking for a rational explanation from their leaders, but for a relational connection.
These ten questions have emerged from conversations with a myriad of leaders. I use them as I coach leaders and listen to friends. I utilize them to navigate my own life and leadership.
Many times, groups get “stuck” in the “desert of creativity” – going around in circles without any clear path toward fruitful collaboration. It is the job of the neutral facilitator to help their groups find common ground and move forward together. This is sometimes difficult, but other times it is simply a matter of helping people see things from a different perspective.
Wise leaders apply their best thinking to the most important things. This is, of course, easier said than done because of the sheer volume of things that leaders are asked or required to think about. Because we are finite and flawed, we have a limited amount of mental capacity. So how can a leader create mental capacity?
If a leader does not set priorities, the pressures of today and the problems that fill an inbox will dominate every day’s agenda.
Every once in a while I see leaders hesitating to act for no apparent reason. Probing, I've found a number of leaders seem to be waiting for permission. What keeps them paralyzed is that those expected to grant permission don’t even know their permission is hoped for.
We want to bring the best of ourselves to work. There is a science to how we rest and restore our energies and creativity.
A large Christian NGO in Africa demonstrates the powerful combination of strong, servant leadership with relentless prayer and painful personal confession. Change was not cheap, easy or quick. But it happened.
Here’s my hypothesis: the more we talk, the less we notice. What do you think?
People waste years and sometimes their whole lives, never coming close to their purpose in God, because they get caught up in their own or someone else’s religious speculations. If we are to be effective and balanced teachers of God’s Word, we must recognize that our doctrines have various levels of significance and of authority. Jesus said there are certain doctrinal matters that are “more important” than others. By implication, this means there are some doctrinal matters that are “less important.”