7 characteristics of competent, capable leadership.

Photo by Jehyun Sung on Unsplash When you think of Jesus he was a great leader, wasn’t He? What are some of the characteristics of Jesus’ leadership? Attracted and equipped people (cities and towns he visited for days, weeks and sometimes even months…invested his life in people) Found and mentored emerging leaders  Engaged in ongoing personal development (through…

5 losses that occur when you embrace the cross of Christ

Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger on Unsplash “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mark 8:34). Brett McCraken, in Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community states, “to be a Christian is to accept the discomfort of a way of life inspired and empowered by a…

Power apart from God’s purposes is always demonic – Mark Dever

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash I’m utterly convinced that if pastors spent more time reading about biblical, effective leadership and spent the hard-work of ascertaining their leadership strengths and weaknesses rather than hours pouring over theological writings we would have many more healthy churches. Right now you might be tempted to think I’m discounting or trivializing theology.…

I yelled at my wife the other day because of disordered love.

Photo by Jason Rosewell on Unsplash Before you accuse me of not taking ownership of my sin, hear me out. Timothy Keller said, “the functional cause of our discontent is that our loves are ‘out of order.’” Keller is quoting Augustine who said that our issues are reduced to disordered loves. What does Augustine mean by disordered loves?…