Every now and then a young person calls me aside and says something like this: “Thank you for being patient with me when I was a young preacher/ a student/ a teenager in your congregation. You inspired me to ministry.”
When they do this, I think of the elderly apostle’s declaration: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth” (3 John 1:4).
It seems I am now the older preacher in the transaction, more Paul than Timothy. Continue reading “What’s next”
How often are problems caused because people want to be the one in charge, the one telling others what to do? This is not only a problem today, but one that Moses had to deal with. Keep in mind that Moses did not want to be the leader of the Israelites, but God had selected him and got rid of all his excuses at the burning bush. God selected Moses’ brother Aaron to be his spokesman and later to be the high priest for Israel in the worship of God.
A couple of years after leaving Egypt, the Israelites arrived at the border of the Promised Land. After sending twelve men to get the lay of the land, they were so disheartened by the strength of the inhabitants that they refused to conquer the land. This led to a number of problems including challenging the leadership of Moses and Aaron. Continue reading “Wanting to be ‘in charge’”
We can be touched by the lives and words of those we’ve never met. They can enhance our lives by their wisdom, art or example.
Yet, to truly be moved by them, we would need to see them in quiet moments and in the natural course of life. Leadership must be personal and present. Continue reading “Leaders must be among the people”
Alex Kershaw tells a story about failed leadership in his book, “Escape from the Deep: The Epic Story of a Legendary Submarine and her Courageous Crew.” Continue reading “Faulty leadership helps the enemy”
Everett Ferguson wrote, “God gave a person, then a proclamation, and then a people. This is the historical and theological order.”/1
People in the religious world get themselves into trouble doctrinally when they forget this profound truth. They run ahead of themselves and forget their priorities in terms of Biblical authority. We must be very attentive to God’s plan. Continue reading “Plan of priority”
Leadership requires more than ideas Continue reading Unspecified change