Browsing articles in "Leadership"
Aug
7
2013

Leaders Versus Wannabes

architect

Umair Haque has a fantastic piece at the Harvard Business Review decrying the lack of leaders in the world today and pointing out the differences between leaders and wannabes. The entire piece is worth the read, but this quote summarizes that difference beautifully: Wannabes are something like metric-maximizing robots. Given a set of numbers they must “hit,” they beaver away trying to hit them. The leader knows their job is very different: not merely to […]

Aug
5
2013

What Defines a Disciple?

Fruit of the Spirit

I will admit that I get a little bit geeky about Seth Godin from time to time. Last week he posted a simple blog post that should make every church leader think long and hard about their church: “People like us do stuff like this” There is no more powerful tribal marketing connection than this. More than features, more than benefits, we are driven to become a member in good standing of the tribe. We […]

Jul
31
2013

Who Defines Finished?

Business victory

Last week I spent a few days at a monastery for my annual prayer retreat, and I found myself focusing on the word finished. This word seems to have been following me around a good bit lately in the conversations that I have been having with pastors, with friends, and with myself. The conversation typically revolves around the work that they are doing within their ministry, and what they want to finish before they move on. […]

Jul
15
2013

Confession Time: Thoughts Versus Teachings

IMG_2754

I have a confession to make: I am a hypocrite. I served as a youth pastor for eight years, and volunteered in youth ministry for three years before that. Throughout that time, I often relied on 1 Timothy 4:12 to encourage my students as they served in the church: Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Then […]

Jul
3
2013

The Parable of the Janitor or Job Versus Mission

An Orderly Mopping The Floor In A Hospital Ward

Last week one of our neighbors was admitted to the hospital. Late in the week I happened to be in the neighborhood, and had some free time, so I stopped in to visit. During our time together, our neighbor decided that he wanted to take a walk through the hallways, and so we went on a journey. As we were walking, we came upon a janitor who was attempting to clean the floors of the […]

Jun
24
2013

Exercising People into Irrelevance

next

My friend Chris Huff has a couple of great posts on his blog about “exercising people.” It is worth taking the time to read both part one and part two, because he asks some great questions. For clarity’s sake, exercising people  is when you ask people to do something that you never plan to act aon. Chris explains it this way: I have a friend who works in sales for a large cabling manufacturer, and he recently told […]

Jun
19
2013

The Pastor’s Job Description

job description

My Tuesday morning bible study is working its way through Paul’s first letter to Timothy. Yesterday’s conversation started out with the question “what is a pastor’s job description?” Over the course of the next forty-five minutes, we unpacked the role of the pastor, drawing from the introduction of Eugene Peterson’s classic Working the Angles where he begins by calling out American pastors for being nothing more than “shopkeepers” before clearly defines the three most important tasks of a pastor: […]

Jun
6
2013

Planning and Agility in My Garden

garden

This past weekend Theresa and I planted our vegetable garden. This is an annual event in our home… something that we look forward to each spring. Our garden is a place of refreshing, of nourishment, and of sabbath for me. A friend once shared the concept of “work with your mind, sabbath with your hands,” and I must admit, there is something restful about getting my hands dirty in pursuit of the perfect watermelon. The garden is […]

Jun
5
2013

Parable of the White Sentra or Agile Leadership

USA, Montana, Missoula, Primrose

Yesterday morning I was returning from my Tuesday morning Bible study, minding my own business on the 135 (a pretty significant highway on Long Island), when it happened: the person driving the white Nissan Sentra in front of me realized that they were about to miss their exit, slammed on their brakes, and went from 70 mph to 20 mph in the blink of an eye. I am not making this up… I looked at […]

May
6
2013

5 Powerful Questions to Shape Vision

question mark

One of the more popular posts on this blog is titled The Power of Clarity in Your Church’s Vision. That post still gets a large number of hits, because people see a great deal of value in having a solid vision statement for their church. I love vision statements… I think they are incredibly valuable tools for churches when they are used properly. However, there is a danger to vision statements. There are times when we […]

Pages:«1234567...20»