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If You Can’t Mess Up, Don’t Bother Leading

Rocky Road

Having an ambition to lead is great, but it doesn't produce actual leadership. Taking risks does. The best leader in the room isn't the one with all the answers. The leader is the one who volunteers to go first and show the way. Every great leader I know has been scorched by the …

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Get Out Front! The World Needs You to Lead: 3 Big Challenges

Forces of Nature

Two thirds of the earth's surface is water, yet there are places in the world where people will literally go to war over access to clean drinking water. In the same way, there have never been so many books, seminars, and blogs on leadership, yet the culture is still a giant …

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Tim Stevens: Embracing the Pain of Growth

Fairness Is Overrated

A pastor asked me to talk to his staff and answer this question: “If our church is going to double in the next two years [from five hundred to a thousand], what will it take?” The same question might be asked from a business leader: “If we want to double sales in the next two …

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Pointers for Pastors: Lead Better by Understanding Basic Psychology

Pointers

Not all change leads to growth, obviously, but growth never happens without change. So leadership is, in large part, motivating and organizing a group of people to change and grow. But... nobody likes change. Even people who say they like change don't like it naturally. They've …

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Dump Your Doubt, Take the Risk, and Lead Forward

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Nothing paralyzes good leadership like fear, and nothing fuels good leadership like taking risks in faith. Obviously, we must make decisions wisely, but when we know, it's time to go. This is coming from a somewhat trigger-shy leader. If you know what a DISC profile is, I'm a …

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If You Aspire to Lead, Start Leading Right Now

Step One

I'm afraid it's all too common for people to have huge aspirations about who they want to become in the future, but almost no plan or willingness to get there. We love the idea of changing the world, but we fail to see that changing the world starts with making a difference in my …

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Leadership that Matters Is All About Conviction

Just two quotes that grabbed me, from Al Mohler's book The Conviction to Lead: Congregations and Christian institutions need effective leaders who are authentically Christian - whose leadership flows out of their Christian commitment. Wherever Christian leaders serve, in the …

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You Can Have Growth, Or You Can Have Control

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If Proverbs could have a 32nd chapter of nuggets of wisdom, David Chrzan would write it. In the five years or so that I've known and worked with David, he's repetitively dropped advice that has shaped my own philosophy of leadership. For example, in a recent conversation David …

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10 Ways to Raise the Spiritual Temperature of Your Church

Thermostat

There is a cold, hard fact I remind myself of often as a Pastor. No one does more to determine the spiritual temperature of my church than me, the Pastor. It's part of shepherding. I'm the lid. I'm the limit. I define passion as the heated desire with us to do or to be …

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A 4-Part Definition of Ministry

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Here it is: Ministry takes place when divine resources meet human needs through loving channels to the glory of God. - Warren Wiersbe, On Being a Servant of God According to Warren Wiersbe, one of America's long-term leading thinkers on ministry issues, this definition …

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