The Three Big Priorities In a Pastor's Work

What are the priorities of a pastor in the work of the ministry? That’s a tricky question. I’m fascinated by leadership and management principles that find their roots in the lives of Jesus, the apostles, and other biblical characters. But I also know that...
5 Truths About Empowering People to Change the World

5 Truths About Empowering People to Change the World

In the Jason Bourne series, the assassins (who are the central characters) are referred to by their controlling agency merely as “assets.” They are tools. Or better, they are weapons. Sometimes I fear that within Christian ministry, we fall into the...

Metrics: Balancing Stats and Stories

Church metrics. That’s not a very pretty phrase. In fact, for many, it seems cold. If church becomes a numbers game, then people become “just a number,” and when people are just a number, we’ve failed to emulate the ministry of Jesus. But if we...

Committees Don't Do Ministry, People Do Ministry

Committees meet. They schedule a meeting to talk about all the stuff there is to do and who could possibly do it. I was reading this morning from John Maxwell’s Leadership Gold: Lessons I’ve Learned from a Lifetime of Leading. In chapter 18, entitled...

This is the Age of Many Hats

I was just reading an interview with a blogger named Rose who mentioned wearing “many hats.” In her case, “wife, mother, respite worker, proud shih-tzu owner, blogger, published poet, freelance writer, as well as the owner and administrator of...

The Tougher Side of Leadership: Patience with People

People… they’re all around us! There are nearly seven billion of them on the planet and they’re all different. I think God purposely puts us in relationships (marriage, work, church, etc.) with people who are vastly different than we are and then chuckles as we try to...

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