Have you ever delegated a responsibility to someone who didn’t follow through? Or who didn’t care to do it the way you wanted it done?
God has made pastors overseers of His flock. (By extension, this applies also to staff who assist the pastor.)
Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.—Acts 20:28
Since the Holy Spirit has so entrusted us by delegating to us the responsibility to lead and serve His people, should we not be sure we are effective in this aspect of our role? That we are leading in a way that mirrors the heart of Christ for His people?
So what makes a leader an effective overseer? It is one who… (more…)
Relationships are vital to ministry. Whether you are a pastor, a church staff member, or serve as a leader in any area of church ministry, cultivating strong relationships is a necessary investment.
Relational-less ministry is both ineffective and harmful. It is ineffective because if we look at ministry only as a checklist, we may fulfill action-item duties, but we’ll not influence lives. It is harmful because it leaves the leader without one of the key resources to sustain faithfulness and accomplish their calling.
Relationships take time and purpose to develop. They also become the greatest treasures of life. (more…)
One of the highlights every year for me at Spiritual Leadership Conference is the pre-conference Church Planter’s Luncheon on Monday afternoon.
All church planters and their wives are invited for a complimentary meal, great fellowship with other church planters (and pastors who are heavily involved in church planting), a lesson from a veteran church planter, and a Q&A to close.
This year we had about sixty church planters present. As they went around the room introducing themselves, it was a thrill to me to see so many young men from across America (and foreign fields as well) planting fresh works for God. (more…)
God has not only called us to build with Him. He has called us to build with one another as well.
We’re “labourers together with God” (1 Corinthians 3:9) and are called to “stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel” (Philippians 1:27).
This type of cohesiveness on a team requires a leader who intentionally builds others and builds the team.
At Spiritual Leadership Conference this summer, I taught a general session on becoming a team-building leader. We looked at how to build teams for ministry as well as what types of leaders build people and cohesive teams. You can watch the session below as well as download the session notes.
(If you cannot see this video in your RSS reader or email, you can watch it here.)