Three Challenges of Leading a Growing Church

There are some inherent blessings to serving on staff at a growing church. The energy and excitement are high as you are privileged to see new people coming to faith, new families being served, and new people being connected. The growth creates momentum and helps cover up mistakes that are more noticeable when you are […]

[GIVEAWAY] FORWARD: 7 DISTINGUISHING MARKS FOR FUTURE LEADERS

I am honored to lead the Resources Division at LifeWay and serve with a team of leaders who are passionate to serve the Church in Her mission of making disciples. Each Wednesday, I share the heart behind one of the resources our team has developed and give an opportunity for you to register to win a free copy of […]

Leaving a Legacy of Leadership: How Moses Developed Leaders

Leadership is always a temporary assignment—always. It is a temporary assignment because leaders do not ultimately own the teams, ministries, or organizations that they lead. They simply steward what the Lord has entrusted to their care for a season. Wise leaders embrace the temporal reality of leading, and they prepare the ministry for the future. […]

Leadership Development Is Part of Discipleship

Often ministry leaders will ask, “What do you do for discipleship?” and then a few moments later ask, “What do you do for leadership development?”—as if the two are mutually exclusive. This is a grave mistake. While it may be helpful to view leadership development as advanced discipleship or as a subset of discipleship, it […]

3 Reasons (Some) Churches Don’t Value Equipping

The biblical model for local church ministry is not that pastors would “do ministry” but that they would “equip others for ministry” (Ephesians 4:11-13). Sadly, many churches do not recognize or act on the assignment God has given pastors. For example, peruse the typical job descriptions churches give for their pastors. In many churches, you […]

3 Reasons (Some) Pastors Don’t Equip

The role of pastor is divinely designed to prepare others for ministry, not to perform all the duties in ministry. Pastors are not called to “do ministry” but to “equip believers” to minister to one another (Ephesians 4:11-13). Yet some pastors prefer to hoard ministry to themselves rather than equip others. Some pastors are like […]

Links for Leaders 8/22/14

The greatest need in the church today? Leadership development. Mac Lake explains that it can’t be accomplished just with good content, it takes strategy and practice. Do you have a difficult time saying “No”? There are a number of reasons you ought to learn how to say it. Aspiring young leaders abound. What can young leaders do […]