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.

Stewards Are Us

Mentoring Leaders - Stewards Are Us

God’s GPS The Bible is God’s GPS. He tells us when we go off track and how to get back on. Like a GPS, our desired destination is where we want our hearts to be. What kind of heart do we want to have? This is David’s prayer, his desired destination, and it should also be ours: “Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory and the majesty. Everything in the heavens Read More

Partnering with God

Mentoring Leaders - PARTNERING WITH GOD

SCRIPTURE You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone. – James 2:24 OBSERVATION As noted in this chapter, Abraham, Rahab and many other mentors in the Bible have walked in faith, but have also acted in action to bring to fruition their requests and God’s will. APPLICATION As I’ve read the Word over time, I’ve read our important faith Read More

How to Preach on Money

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Recently, I preached on money, giving and overall stewardship. I am always amazed at the response from pastor’s and people who attend church when it comes to the topic of money. They both have fears about it and often, they are unfounded. I think more pastors should talk about money and what the bible has to say about it. Not only for the health of their church, but for the spiritual health of Read More

Neither Poverty nor Riches

Mentoring Leaders - Neither Poverty Nor Riches

SCRIPTURE O God, I beg two favors from you;let me have them before I die. First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.- Proverbs 30 Furthermore, because we are united Read More

Managing Discontent

Mentoring Leaders - MANAGING DISCONTENT

It does not matter how long one has been in ministry; we need to continue learning and be subject to correction. Unfortunately, as we move higher in ministry, fewer opportunities occur through which we will be corrected. When we are at the low end of the totem pole and on the bottom of the food chain, everybody loves to correct us. However, as we rise on the food chain, fewer and fewer people correct Read More

Do You Do Windows?

Mentoring Leaders - DO YOU DO WINDOWS-

Whenever he hires new church staff, a good friend of mine will always ask at some point in the interview, “But do you do windows?”

He is not asking if they are savvy with the Microsoft operating system; he literally means washing windows. It doesn’t matter to him if the person he is hiring is a talented worship leader, staff counselor, or computer expert. He wants to know if they have the servant-heartedness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Hand to the Plow

Mentoring Leaders - Hand to the Plow

But the Lord answered and said to her, ‘‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.’’

Both sisters dearly loved Jesus. Imagine how they scurried about their home to get things ready for His arrival. This wasn’t just any generic visitor; both Mary and Martha recognized Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah of Israel and the very Son of God.

Appealing to Those in Authority

Mentoring Leaders - Appealing to Those In Authority

In life, each and every person will be under some kind of authority. Yet, “authority” is often misunderstood. Those in authority bear great responsibility. God has placed these people in our lives to help us — either to direct our lives or to help us learn life lessons. The good news is that God is able to work through all of these. Our responsibility is to learn what our role is, change if Read More