“In a world that has attached a strange nobility to the notion of being busy, effective leaders stand out by avoiding the ‘I’m so busy’ trap.” Scott Cochrane shares five reasons why effective leaders never talk about being busy. Have you ever applied for a ministry position and been frustrated about being rejected? Could your resume have been the problem? Having a good resumé isn’t just important in the corporate world; it’s important in the ministry world, too. Dr. Thom Rainer, who has evaluated plenty of resumes, shares nine pieces of advice for ministry resumes. “Encouragement is rooted in truth not flowery complements or lies.” Selma Wilson shares five ways… [Read More]
One of the first places you can learn to be a leader and exercise leaderships skills is in your home. Whether you’re single or married, parenting or not parenting, learning to lead yourself and your family is one of the first ways you can start to learn what it means to lead well. Chap Bettis explains on Ron Edmondson’s blog. I love watching sports and I love learning about leadership. On his blog recently, Art Rainer shared 6 Leadership Lessons Sports Taught us in 2016. Which one stands out to you? “Our leaders don’t have to be perfect, we just need to be able to trust them.” Steve Graves joined… [Read More]
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 the resource. This week’s resource is Christ-Centered Exposition: Exalting Jesus in Revelation. Below is an excerpt from Dr. Daniel Akin. In 2014, Thom Rainer, president of LifeWay Christian Resources, wrote a highly acclaimed book titled Autopsy of a Deceased Church. Its genesis was a popular blog article with the same title. In this book Rainer… [Read More]
Work is a gift, and work ethic resides in men and women of character, but in our idolatry, we can easily make work our god. Pastors have warned me, “Ministry can be a great place to hide out and a great place to burn out.” Ministry can be a haven for the workaholic. In most jobs overwork feels sinful and neglectful, but when serving in ministry, overwork can wrongly feel holy. Ministry can attract workaholics, those who find their worth in their work and can’t walk away from it, and give them a reason to justify their addiction. The strokes and accolades that come to ministry workaholics can add fuel… [Read More]
While leaders are responsible for future leadership, there is a constant temptation to delay developing others. If you are addicted to short-term results, it will be easy to delay developing others. After all, leadership development is deeply countercultural in an instant gratification culture. And while leaders intuitively know they are responsible to develop others, many leaders often neglect the essential and offer foolish excuses instead. Here are three common ones: 1. I don’t have time. The “I don’t have time” excuse is an admission that leadership development is not a priority. It is an admission that the essential and holy task of developing and deploying others has been buried beneath… [Read More]
In his letter to Titus, the apostle Paul called the overseer “God’s administrator” or “God’s steward” (Titus 1:7). Ministry leaders are stewards, not owners, as Jesus owns His Church. Jesus promised to build His Church, not ours (Matt. 16:18). The financial resources the Lord blesses a church with are ultimately for Him. The ministry leader, as a faithful steward, is responsible to ensure the resources are managed faithfully. The ministry leader must not be a lover of money (1 Tim. 3:3) but one who is generous because Christ has been generous to us. As resources are generously given to the church, ministry leaders are responsible to ensure they are leveraged… [Read More]
Bosses with bad habits, top mistakes young pastors make, and more.
Preaching is simultaneously exhilarating and exhausting. Though I am not sure how it could be proven, some have articulated that preaching one sermon is as emotionally and psychologically taxing as an eight-hour workday. If you are like me, you know you should rest in the promise that His Word does not return void, yet you often wish you had said things differently. Doubt and insecurity can creep in. There is also the spiritual reality that you are susceptible to attacks from the Enemy. Jonah was depressed and wanted to die after the great revival the Lord used him to spark. The apostle Paul said he had to beat his body… [Read More]
If every believer is a minister, then clearly the role of a ministry leader is to prepare, not to perform.
Without love for people, ministry leaders are merely clanging cymbals, making noise without making an impact. People need to be loved, to receive care. The apostle Peter challenged pastors to willingly and freely shepherd God’s people (1 Peter 5:2). A loving shepherd is burdened to ensure the sheep are attended to and receive care and compassion. The Lord rebuked leaders in Jeremiah’s day for failing to shepherd people well: “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!” This is the Lord’s declaration. “Therefore, this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says about the shepherds who shepherd My people: You have scattered My flock, banished them, and… [Read More]