Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”“Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left. So Esau despised his birthright.
There are three dangerous themes that typically war in the hearts of pastors. [In prior posts], I wrote about confusing personal identity and yesterday I posted about defining maturity. Here’s the third and final theme to wrap up this Dangerous Calling series. I CONFUSED MINISTRY SUCCESS WITH GOD’S ENDORSEMENT OF MY LIVING. Pastoral ministry was exciting in many ways. The church was growing Read More
About This Video Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor of The Village Church, discusses the difference between successful and unsuccessful leaders with Justin Blaney at our sister site, Innovate For Jesus. Chandler argues that success can’t be measured by the size of an audience, but should be viewed against fulfilling the calling of God and shares a few tips for discovering your calling. View on Read More
The Bible says our dreams, hopes and potentials are God-given treasures:
“But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves” (2 Cor. 4:7).
God is saying to us that He put the treasure of dreams, hopes, vision and a potential for success in each one of us. When we realize this, we should say, “This dream is not from me. This hope is something God placed in my heart.” And yet, literally billions of people have died with their dreams, hopes and potential to succeed still in them, entombed beneath the sod, never released. Are we going to add to the wealth in the cemetery by not using the God-given treasure in us?
I find that one of the most common missing ingredients in the leaders I work with is adequate training.
I don’t mean that they haven’t received adequate training. I mean they fail to provide adequate training to those they lead.
Leaders like to lead. We love to come up with a vision and then marshal the troops to get the job done. But as leaders, we often fail to explain the why behind the what. The result is often a team that knows what to do but has no clue why they need to do it – or do it that way.
As told by Dr. Wayne Cordeiro Sometimes we become so busy and caught up in the things of this world that we forget or become too busy for some of the most valuable opportunities of life. There’s a great lesson we can all learn on keeping our priorities straight from this short story about a Mexican fisherman. There once was a man from a Mexican village who owned a small fishing boat. An American Read More
I’ve always been told that if a business or church isn’t growing, something must be terribly wrong. After all, healthy things always multiply and grow. But frankly, that’s hogwash. It’s based on idealistic and wishful thinking. It’s a leadership urban legend. And a dangerous one at that. Nothing in nature supports the goofy idea that healthy things always multiply and grow. In fact, Read More
I listened as the father said to me in the presence of his teenage son, “Do you know what it’s like to go to church and know that everyone there has been talking about and praying for your rebellious son? Do you know what it’s like to enter a service with all eyes on you, knowing that people are wondering how it’s going and how you and your wife are coping?”
But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having won over the crowds, they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing him to be dead. Acts 14:19
Paul was a great leader, but there were times when it must have seemed that Paul had lost the race. After the stoning, Paul looked dead!
To any betting person, I am sure they would not have hurried to put their money on this opinionated disciple that lay only bruised by the stones made from the hard soil of Iconium jealousy.
One of the most common mistakes leaders make is hiring too soon. Here’s a tip that may alleviate some of the pain later on. Often, we don’t have qualified people that enter our ranks, and we must choose from whom God provides, but we can get antsy and hire too quickly. Your first step when you see a need, is not to hire a person. Instead, architect a fishing pond, or a team of people that will Read More