The global west is now on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19. The epicenter of the novel coronavirus has shifted from our distant shores to our communities. After a sudden two-week blitz in the United States of implementing extreme social distancing measures that included closing stadiums, canceling large events, shutting our borders, closing schools and offices, reducing restaurants to carry-out only, and preventing the doors of our church buildings from opening, we now enter a critical week.Continue reading “The Call for Courageous Leaders”
We’re on to something.
I believe it. The returns are early and God is moving. I can feel it. The paradigm is shifting for the better.
If you’ve been following us for some time, you too can probably see it. The journey has often been uncertain and vulnerable. Yet the Lord has carried us through missed expectations, unexpected results, new relationships, Spirit-led inspiration, and the need for courageous faith.
But we can’t do it alone. In order for it to become a reality, Mary and I need your help.
Discipleship — learning and growing as a follower of Jesus — is an everyday endeavor for those young and old. It’s a never-ending process of leading hearts and minds to follow Jesus and becoming more like him. Discipleship cannot be left to a Sunday school class, Bible study, or youth group alone — discipleship is an intentional strategy for life.
I have never considered myself much of a reader. I’m typically slow to read through a book and when I do have a moment to sit down with one of the two-dozen books on my “to read” shelf, I usually doze off about 3 pages in. Nevertheless, I still managed to get through a number of books this year, most of them dedicated to topics surrounding church planting (no surprise). So here it is, my top 5 books from 2017: Continue reading “My Top 5 Books in 2017”
In 1 Kings 10, we read about King Solomon’s rise to power and greatness. It says, “King Solomon excelled all the kings of the earth in riches and in wisdom. And the whole earth sought the presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put into his mind” (1 Kings 10:23-24). To be excellent is to be competent, brave, strong, great, outstanding or extraordinary. Solomon was an extraordinary man of great wealth and wisdom, “Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him” (Daniel 6:3), an outstanding wife “is the crown of her husband” (Proverbs 12:4), and believers are to be great “in faith, in speech, in knowledge, [and] in all earnestness” (2 Corinthians 8:7).
Biblical excellence is rooted in this important fact: any and all achievements of bravery, greatness and competence are a gracious gift from God for the purpose of bringing glory back to God. Continue reading “Why Excellence Matters”
In my experience of leading teams both in and outside of the church, developing new leaders is often the most difficult task. There are a few reasons for this. The first is because I, as the primary leader, is often in the way. I enjoy my work, getting things done, and at times struggle with passing off my hard work to someone else. I have needed to die to self in this area and learn to trust, delegate and bring others along. The second reason that developing new leaders is a difficult task is because many young leaders don’t self-realize their leadership potential, therefore appearing to make it a limited pool to select from. Both of these roadblocks can be overcome with an intentional 3-step process.