Disciples Making Culture by Brandon Guindon

Why churches begin with the best of intentions to make disciples only to drift off course, falling back in pragmatic or programmatic ways of thinking? Probably because there's a culture problem argues author Brandon Guindon. Guindon points out that strategies for making disciples don't set the culture of the church. It's the other way around:…

The Big Rocks Lie

Productivity guru Stephen Covey popularized a very compelling illustration about prioritization in his book, First Things First, using a jar to represent a person's life. Typically, we haphazardly jam our lives to the full, placing in big rocks (our highest priorities), pebbles (middling priorities), and sand (things we don't really care about) in a jumbled…

Jocko’s 12 Rules for Leadership

1. Be humble. It is an honor to be in a leadership position. Your team is counting on you to make the right decisions. 2. Don’t act like you know everything. You don’t. The team knows that. Ask smart questions. 3. Listen. Ask for advice and heed it. 4. Treat people with respect. Regardless of rank, everyone is…

Mission Drift

On the first official date with my (now) wife, we had finished eating at a restaurant and decided to drive around the city we were in. I didn’t really know the city that well so we just headed off in the direction of the downtown area. Once downtown, I made a turn and just started…

Leaders Avoid Subtle Traps (The Dr. Evil Game)

As a ministry leader, you will want to set goals for yourself and for your ministry. Goal-setting is actually biblical as Jesus himself has given the church a goal of sorts when he commanded us to "make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19). Yet so often we fail to reach our ministry goals or we…

Leaders Avoid Bad Decisions

Leaders have to make decisions. Sometimes leaders are even paid to make decisions for a living. Most CEOs are not involved in the day-to-day execution of making products for their company. Instead, they are paid to make decisions about the future of the company. Even if you're not a CEO-level leader, as a ministry leader…

Leaders Develop Leaders

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One of my goals as a pastor is to have a bunch of mini-Chris's running around the church. I want to people to think like me, act like me, and lead like me. Scary, huh!? But the apostle Paul embodied such a goal when he called to the Corinthians to be like him: "Be imitators…

Leaders Plan

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"Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable"Dwight. D. Eisnehower "Winging it" is not an acceptable ministry strategy. Show me a leader who doesn't spend time planning and I'll show you an ineffective leader. Planning is one of the most effective uses of a time for leaders because it sharpens their focus on what is really…

Leaders Think Culture

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I've done things in my life that I'm not proud of, and after the fact, I have thought to myself, "That's not me." Maybe you've had a similar experience. We can probably all relate to those times when we surprise ourselves by how bad we can be. What motivates us to do those things? While…