Good Questions, Bad Timing

This article at The Gospel Coalition blog reminded me of how difficult it is to lead together. Leading in a church involves not only those who attend the leadership meetings, but also their spouses, and it's vital that everyone works together. I'll give you a small example of how subtle and difficult leading together can be. … Continue reading Good Questions, Bad Timing

Maturity vs. Perfection

Lots of pastors are burden by perfectionism, but perfection isn’t required for spiritual leadership. In fact, the Apostle James described perfection as an impossibility in this world (James 3:2), and Paul notes that it will only be attained in the next world (1 Corinthians 13:10). Instead, maturity is the expectation for spiritual leaders (Ephesians 4:13). … Continue reading Maturity vs. Perfection

Living the Examined Life

Our public leadership is only as solid as our private lives are godly, and for this reason leaders must be ready to explain their personal decisions. While we may be tempted to think that what we do with our own time, talent and treasure is our own business and not a matter for public scrutiny, … Continue reading Living the Examined Life

Handling Criticism

No one wants to be cared for by a doctor that faints at the sight of blood.  And, no one wants to be cared for by a doctor that isn’t affected by the sight of blood. Like a good doctor, ministry leaders must be both resilient when under criticism, as well as response to criticism. … Continue reading Handling Criticism

4 Steps to Restoring Staff

Restoring those entangled in sin is essential to gospel ministry (Galatians 6:1-2).  Restoring staff is a uniquely challenging element of gospel ministry. Christian leaders are not immune to sinful entanglement. While it is disappointing when church leaders become entangled in sin, and we should not minimize sin, we should also live with confidence that the … Continue reading 4 Steps to Restoring Staff

Making Hard Staffing Decisions

The hardest decisions I have ever made as a pastor are staffing decisions.  Decisions to release someone from employment, or to reposition someone within the team, are absolutely gut wrenching.  Thankfully though, the church has at least one advantage over all other organizations when it comes to making these types of hard staffing decisions. In … Continue reading Making Hard Staffing Decisions

How do I identify my “calling”?

According to Scripture, every believer has a calling to serve in a particular role, utilizing the talents and gifts they have been given by God (1 Corinthians 12:7, 1 Peter 4:10). During the Protestant Reformation, as reformers broke from the Catholic Church, they began to apply the term “vocation” (derived from the Latin for “calling”) … Continue reading How do I identify my “calling”?

Embracing Ordinary

G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936) was a journalist in London for more than 30 years.  During that time, he wrote 4000 essays and authored over 100 books.  Arguably the most prolific writer of his time, he was a truly extraordinary person. For one, he was extraordinary looking.  Standing 6’4” and weighing well over 300 pounds, Chesterton was … Continue reading Embracing Ordinary

Personality or Character?

Christians are constantly talking about transformation, about becoming “more like Jesus.”  But what does that mean? What are God’s goals for our transformation? For the longest time, I thought that God’s desires to see me “changed” included changing my personality.  That God wanted me to be less rambunctious and more settled in social settings.  I … Continue reading Personality or Character?

Promotions in Responsibility

Most leaders naturally want to advance in responsibility.  Leaders want to exercise greater influence and make a greater impact. It's also the case though that most are tempted to seek and/or accept promotions that they shouldn't accept. Too many within our modern culture have the attitude, "I have no experience, but I am willing to … Continue reading Promotions in Responsibility