Category: leadership

Leaders are Called to People, Not Products

The imagery of leaders shepherding and caring for their flocks is replete throughout Scripture. Leaders are shepherds. If you shepherd sheep, you probably gain wealth from their wool. If you shepherd goats, your livelihood probably comes from their milk. But it is important for leaders in every capacity to remember that wool and milk are not the greatest things you…

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We’ve Never Done It This Way Before

“We’ve never done it this way before.” The old joke is that these words are ostensibly Baptistic and are the usual evidence of an impending church decline. It is true that refusal to change our methods while the culture around us constantly shifts is a sure death sentence for the church; the message of the gospel never changes, while our…

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Leading Messy People

“Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.” Proverbs 14:4, ESV Whether you are a pastor, church staff member, employer, team leader at work, or a leader in any other capacity, every person on your team is unique. They all have strengths and they all have weaknesses. Learning to encourage…

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Preaching: From God & Before God

“For to God we are the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To some we are an aroma of death but to others, an aroma of life leading to life. Who is adequate for these things? For we do not market the word of God for profit like so many. On…

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King David, Absalom, & the Pastor’s World

Having lived in the senior pastor’s world for five years and in the associate pastor’s world for 13, I can say from experience that being called of God to shepherd his flock can often be a daunting task. It was in the pastorate that I experienced some of the most joyful moments of my life. It was also in the…

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