Success and Endorsements

Mentoring Leaders - SUCCESS AND ENDORSEMENTS

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

Discovering Your Success Potential

Mentoring Leaders - Discovering Your Success Potential

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?

The Story of the Fisherman’s Success

Mentoring Leaders - The Story of the Fisherman's Success

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

The Myth of Endless Growth

Mentoring Leaders - The Myth of Endless Growth

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

The Idol of Success

Mentoring Leaders - The Idol of Success (2)

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?”

True Success or Temporary Success?

Mentoring Leaders -TRUE SUCCESS OR TEMPORARY SUCCESS-

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.

Preparing for Miracles in the Margins

Mentoring Leaders - Preparing for Miracles in the Margins

In Mark chapter five, a man named Jairus came up to Jesus one day and fell at his feet, earnestly pleading for him to heal his daughter. Jesus headed for Jairus’s house; that was his destination.

“And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years. She had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she had, yet instead of getting better, she grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, because she thought, ‘If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.’

Committed to Change: Part 2

Mentoring Leaders - Committed to Change Part 2 (1)

Are you a person committed to change?

This time of year, we’re all thinking about change. We’re going to change our diet, go to the gym, and finally lose that unwanted weight. We’re going to change our spending, budget more tightly, and finally save up that extra cash. We’re going to change our schedule, make more time for the Lord, and finally make 2015 the year we read our Bible every day.

Committed to Change: Part 1

Mentoring Leaders - Committed to Change- Part 1

Are you a person committed to change?

This time of year, we’re all thinking about change. We’re going to change our diet, go to the gym, and finally lose that unwanted weight. We’re going to change our spending, budget more tightly, and finally save up that extra cash. We’re going to change our schedule, make more time for the Lord, and finally make 2015 the year we read our Bible every day.