Nation Under Friendly Fire

Nation Under Friendly Fire

Today, we are a nation under friendly fire. “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people” (Prov. 14:34). The Bible says that righteousness exalts a nation, but sin disgraces it. It’s not the wars waged on the outside that wreck havoc and depress a nation and its families. It’s the sin within. It’s the inside job — like friendly fire in a war. Friendly fire Read More

The Most Overlooked People in a Church Plant

Overlooked People

The other day I got a question from a church planter that I hear a lot: How do I get older, more mature Christians to my church plant? How do I engage and utilize the gifts of business leaders in my church? The answers are deeply connected. Most church plants are filled with young professionals, young families, and singles. Because of this, most church plants have a lot of energy and a lot of Read More

Don’t Take Matters Into Your Own Hands

Matters into your own hands

Unfortunately, Abraham and Sarah did just that. Remember the story of when God promised them that they would bear a son, even though they were already on Medicare? This took place before God changed their names: from Sarai to Sarah and Abram to Abraham. The story goes something like this: God said to Abram, “Abram, you’re going to have a child, you and Sarai.” Abram looked at his reflection Read More

How to Counsel Towards Resolution

Counsel Towards Resolution

  Part of your role as a pastor or staff leader in the church is to counsel people under your care. The people that come to you are in spiritual warfare. Your goal is to move towards quick resolution in a biblical manner backed by scripture. There is a huge difference between being empathetic about their situation or bringing about a resolution that connects the person back to Christ. I Read More

Faith & the Pygmalion Effect

Faith and the Pygmalion Effect

“While He was still speaking, someone came from the house of the synagogue official saying, “Your daughter has died; do not trouble the Teacher anymore.” But when Jesus heard this, He answered him, “Do not be afraid any longer; only believe, and she will be made well.” (Luke 8:49) This reminds me of the Pygmalion effect. In simplest terms it means that what we believe may eventually come to pass. Read More

Looking in the Wrong Places


A daily devotional journal entry by Wayne Cordeiro. Scripture But the word of God continued to increase and spread. – Acts 12:24 Observation It reads like a fictional thriller. A brilliant escape from an impossible Roman jail confounded even those who were a part of the escape team. The escapee, Peter, was bound with two (not one) chains directly to the guards themselves. Those assigned to insure Read More

Why You Aren’t a Leader

Mentoring Leaders - Why You Aren't a Leader

I meet a lot of people in their 20’s and 30’s who are really smart. The reason I know they are smart is because they tell me. Typically, in your 20’s, you are always the smartest person in the room, especially as it relates to churches. I get it. I was the same way. I’ve had to since apologize to some people I worked under for my arrogance. If you are in your 20’s and 30’s, there is Read More

The Power of a Blessing

Mentoring Leaders - The Power of a Blessing

The Inheritance God wants us to have a wonderful life, our inheritance. However, often what begins as a blessing seems to end in a curse. How do we return to that original state of the blessing? Peter walks through this. He talks about receiving that inheritance, having a taste of the blessing as we had in the beginning of our relationships. Returning to this stage again is possible, but it only Read More

The Truth About Money

Mentoring Leaders - The Truth About Money

Love of Money The Bible says, “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil …” (1 Tim. 6:10). That phrase, “love of money,” does not encompass the word agape. It is actually an interesting Greek word, philarguria.   Philarguria means love that has turned obsessive until it is an addiction and we cannot control it anymore; it controls us. The word “greed” is simply defined Read More

What I Wish I’d Known About Finances

Mentoring Leaders - And we called all this trusting God (2)

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.