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Articles in this category focus on how a Christian leader can build and nurture competencies and apply them practically in ministry life.

6 Steps to Being Intentional:

Demands for our time seem to clamor endlessly. When was the last time you had a peaceful moment when you were not thinking about that next thing to do? Usually the decision to commit to too many things is because we can’t seem to say “no.” How do you say “no” in these busy times? Is “no” being selfish, or is “yes” being selfish when you [...]

Julie SunneJulie Sunne

Unnecessary Help

I still laugh at when my dad built a birdhouse and put it up in his back yard. Thoughtfully, he stuffed the cute little structure with twigs to help the birds with their nest-building. Watching one day he saw a bird go inside the birdhouse and come out with a twig in her mouth, take it to a tree and return, only to get another twig. That [...]

Corey OlynikCorey Olynik

9 Things Great Leaders Do

The book of Acts describes the amazing story of Jesus’ work through the Holy Spirit in the early church. With an explosive start, problems were certain to surface. And they did. In the first example of internal dissension the Apostles displayed great leadership. The church had grown so rapidly that some of the widows were being [...]

Charles StoneCharles Stone

Lancing a Boil

In Malawi we have a proverb that tells the story of a dog sitting on a warm verandah. He hears the sound of a lion roaring in the distance, but it is so comfortable in the sunshine…. So he stays put. He keeps hearing the roars get closer and closer, until it is too late to move.

Jonathan MbunaJonathan Mbuna

The Three Horizons

The effective leader will focus on three time horizons simultaneously: 1. Cultivating current responsibilities, extending and defending the core existing ministries. 2. Tending and nurturing emerging ideas, strategies, and processes. 3. Planting seeds for tomorrow. This pattern encompasses the mature, emergent, and embryonic phases of an [...]

Malcolm WebberMalcolm Webber

Everybody Has a Weakness

Everybody has issues in their lives that are weaknesses for them. Some people are great athletes, while others are awkward. Some people are gifted bakers, while others tend to burn everything they touch in the kitchen. These kinds of weaknesses are simply our human frailties. No one person has it all together, or is perfect. […]

Dionna SanchezDionna Sanchez