Category: relationships

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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7 Reasons Your Church Needs Senior Adults

I was talking with a friend a few weeks ago – a young pastor. He shared an honest concern I remember mulling over myself in the pastorate. As the church was beginning to reach young couples, students and children, the senior adults felt less and less valuable. They believed “their time” had passed them by in the life of the…

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“I’m Offended” – Choosing Cultivation over Ventilation

As a side effect of our Western love affair with personal autonomy, American emotions have become increasingly fragile. A few months ago I heard someone jokingly say, “Good morning, America. What can I be offended about today?” Social media has given every person a public platform. But instead of using our platforms for culture-cultivation, our sin-scarred hearts (Jeremiah 17:9) are…

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The Friendship Test

Do your friends pass The Friendship Test? In the age of Facebook and Instagram friendships, we tend to value quantity over quality. Many boast that their friendships are ten-thousand miles wide while failing to realize that most of them are no more than a half inch deep. The nation of Edom was godless and vile. They were prideful over many…

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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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