The Recipe for a Successful Pastor

Mentoring Leaders - The Recipe for a  Successful Pastor

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.

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?


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.

Before You Hire

Mentoring Leaders - Before You Hire (1)

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

Three Keys to Innovation

Mentoring Leaders - Three Keys to Innovation

It seems that every leader and organization wants to be innovative.
But innovation in ministry is often misunderstood.

It’s far more than just doing something new or novel. It’s doing something new or novel that advances our core mission. Otherwise it’s not a genuine innovation. It’s simply something new and different – and often more of a distraction than anything else.

Innovation takes more than a great idea and openness to change. It also needs adaptability, honest feedback, and a willingness to admit defeat. These are the three keys to serial innovation that most people who want to innovate never think about.

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.’