You have probably heard the 10th commandment before. The short version reads: “You shall not covet” (Exodus 20:17). We all know what this means – be content with what you have and don’t envy your neighbor for what God has given him. We know this but I think we would all admit it can be […]Read More The Battle Against Envy in Ministry
Last week I had the privilege of leading a group of 20-25 pastors and their wives in a time of learning and fellowship. The topic I chose to speak on was that of Reading Good Books. Typically, most pastors have a reputation for reading a lot, as well we should. But more often than not, […]Read More A Word to Pastors….Read Good Books!
A key element in the apostle Paul’s ministry strategy was to reproduce himself in others. Perhaps this strategy is most clearly seen in 2 Timothy 2:2 where Paul writes, “and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.” This […]Read More A Multiplying Ministry
Many people argue that male leadership (in the home and church) is simply a result of the fall of man and not as God originally intended things to be. John Piper disagrees and responds in this way. Nine evidences in Genesis 1-5 that man’s leadership is an order of creation and not a result of […]Read More Is Male Leadership Simply a Result of the Fall?
According to Henry and Richard Blackaby, “Spiritual leadership is moving people on to God’s agenda.” Ok, what does that entail? 1. The spiritual leader’s task is to move people from where they are to where God wants them to be. “This is influence. Once spiritual leaders understand God’s will, they make every effort to move […]Read More What is Spiritual Leadership?
According to J. Oswald Sanders, here are some ways to investigate your potential: – Have you ever broken a bad habit? To lead others, you must master your appetites. – Do you keep self-control when things go wrong? The leader who loses control under adversity forfeits respect and influence. A leader must be calm in […]Read More Do You Have Leadership Potential?
The concept of “vision” is incredibly popular these days. If you were to go to your local bookstore, you would have no problem finding several different books on this subject. Even in Christian bookstores, it would not be hard to find a number of titles on “vision” and visioneering.” One of the verses that pastors love […]Read More The Connection Between Vision and the Word of God
At the church in which I pastor, our vision statement reads, “The vision of Hope Church is to grow and develop followers of Jesus Christ who understand and live their calling as missionaries, spreading God’s love to the world.” A vision statement is more than just a few words strung together that get mentioned every […]Read More The Power of Vision
Taken from John MacArthur’s “The Book on Leadership.” In this book, MacArthur looks at the New Testament writings of the Apostle Paul in order to discover these 26 characteristics. Paul, of course, was one of the greatest leaders in history, while MacArthur is one of the greatest leaders of our times so you can’t go […]Read More 26 CHARACTERISTICS OF A TRUE LEADER