Five Vision Killers

We need vision. A vision sees what could be. It energizes us to work together towards a better future. The Bible warns, “Where there is no vision, the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18 KJV). As pastors and leaders, we are tasked to cast God’s vision for the future. Unfortunately, wrong attitudes and unhealthy cultures can get…

Temptations That Can Destroy Us

Today’s blog is by one of my favorite bloggers, Dave Kraft. Dave has served with The Navigators for 37 years, as well as many years in the local church. Regarding the temptations we face, he writes, “Temptations of a leader are not different than what everyone else faces. The difference is that there is usually…

Dealing With the Changing Times

One thing you can count on is change. Change happens and it is happening at a faster rate than we have ever seen before. Tom Rainer, from Church Answers, writes, “When the pandemic came, change was accelerated, and the challenges were exacerbated. Church leaders and church members must deal with the reality of rapid change…

Decisions. Decisions. Decisions.

Two things are true of leadership. Leadership requires decisions and not everyone will agree with the decisions. That’s why decisions require discernment. Not all decisions have the same importance. However, the more the responsibility, the more may be rding on a decision we make. LET’S TALK One blogger I regularly read is Dave Kraft. He…

Don’t be a Know-It-All!

Know-it-alls show up everywhere, don’t they? At work, around the community, in politics, in the church, and even at home. Know-it-alls share two common characteristics: They always think they are right and always want their way. They may look and sound like leaders, but in the end, it is all about them and their goals….

Pride Month

Everyone seems on board with Pride Month. No matter where you turn, you will find concerts, commercials, parades, and parties celebrating the LGBTQ community. Officially, the month is to “recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.” NOTE: The acronym now includes an I and…

You Need a Coach!

I happen to believe that every one of us needs a coach. No pastor or church leader should go it alone. One survey said that 90% of pastors feel unprepared for their current challenges.   LET’S TALK… I wrote a post a while back that shared how I have benefited from coaching. Here are a…

Humility

Are you humble? That’s a trick question! If you say “Yes”, you probably are not; and you probably are not if you say “No”.  Humility is illusive. Once we think we have it, we lose it. Yet, when it comes to being humble in the Bible, we are to “humble ourselves” (1 Peter 5:6; James…

Bad Behavior

As pastors and leaders, people notice what we do more than what we say. The old saying is true, “most things are caught, not taught.” Recently James Albright posted an article entitled Unproductive Behavior of Leaders. He begins by warning us NOT to apply this list to others but to examine our own behaviors. As…

Margins

Do you have margins in your life? Richard Swenson defines margins as “the space between our load and our limits.” We all need a buffer, a place where we can recharge our batteries, and a space where we can focus on what matters most. LET’S TALK I like the analogy of a cup. If the…

Break Down Every Idol

There is a beautiful phrase of surrender from an old hymn. It goes like this: “Break down every idol, cast out every foe. Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” I believe that every one of us grapples with idols. An idol is anything we trust or love more than God. Who…

Leaders Who Last

We all want to be a leader who lasts. We want to be able to say along with the Apostle Paul, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). Sadly, too many of us burn out, bail out, or fall out. LET’S TALK Recently I…