Such a day of contrasts it proved to be! On the one hand, Zacharias was faithfully discharging his duties as priest that day, offering incense upon the altar in the Holy Place at the Temple. Nothing much seemed different about the day, nothing extraordinary had happened as he carefully did what countless other priests had done for so long. In fact, for hundreds of years this practice had been maintained by the Levitical priesthood without any audible or visible presence from heaven at all. These years had been known as the “silent years,” time during which the Lord God had not answered the petitions of the Israelites, whether by the voice of a prophet or by any supernatural manifestation of His presence and power. Read more
The challenge of today’s worldwide church is to develop leaders who are capable, anointed, and hungry for the revival and church growth God has promised for the end-time. John Maxwell often says, “Everything rises and falls on leadership!” Leadership studies and development are not only valuable but imperative. We need effective leadership to secure the future of the church. Jesus spent three and a half years developing a leadership team capable—with the Spirit’s empowerment—to lead the church. We are called upon to continue the process; each generation preparing the next for what God has in store. Read more
If you want a picture of servant leadership, I would venture this: Consider the ladder. The modest, unassuming ladder is an ideal picture of the servant leader. Call it “servant laddership.”
The ladder does not exist for its own purpose, but only for someone else to take advantage of whatever height and strength it may possess. Neither does a servant pursue his own agenda. He has no other vision for his life. A true servant realizes his full potential only as he assists others in fulfilling their agenda. A servant leader understands that if he helps others to reach their goals in life, they will invariably help him reach his. Read more
“But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching.” Titus 1:3
It’s too long or too short, too loud or too soft, too deep or too light, too fast or too slow. Either the preacher jumps around like a jackrabbit or stands there like a tree trunk, sometimes a dead one at that. Either he massacres the English language or sounds like a walking thesaurus. As delicate and respectful as we try to be, we all have our take on preaching in general. Some preachers, we think, choke us with too much scripture, while others botch the one verse they do quote. Some tell too many stories, others too few. Some say amen after every sentence and others come across like slick professionals. But God never intended for preaching to be critiqued by human oratorical standards. Read more
Accomplishing goals are difficult enough without adding the additional workload of being a spiritual leader into the mix. Time management often proves a daunting task for many leaders around the world both secular and religious. It is a focal stress for people and if properly miss-managed can create harmful stress on the individual, his/her family and those in which they lead. Yet what can be discovered in light of this to help a leader overcome the rigors of time management and become successful? To find such answers the following areas are explored:
- The Leader and Time Management
- Stress and Time Management
- Time Management Tips
- Getting Things Done Diagram Read more
“Trust” is a wonderful word. If I trust you I am attesting I am confident about your integrity, strength, and/or ability. Trust doesn’t come easily. When lost, it is difficult-nigh to impossible- to regain. Trust is made up of interaction (getting to truly know someone) and an established track record. It is destroyed daily in small ways. A little lie, failing to follow through on something promised, or a confidence broken. Failure to walk the talk and to do what one says he will do both rank up there on the list of trust destroyers. Truth and trust are interrelated. Read more
Servant-Leaders will face a variety of conflicts and problems in his/her service: everything from plugged toilets and church mice to Sunday School kids in an all-out fist fight and two church leaders in an all-out silent treatment (or visa versa); not to mention one’s personal conflicts in marriage, family, and relationships in and out of the church. It is imperative that God’s people, especially leaders, know how to manage conflict effectively. After all, we still are humans dealing with humans! Where there are people there is conflict. Conflict is an inevitable part of life. Problems aren’t . They are . They just need to be handled and solved. Read more
- Positive Influence is a process that involves appropriate balance between pull, push and move away.
- Your ability to be flexible in your influencing choices gives you access to a higher level of effectiveness.
- The key is to be aware of the impact your behavior is having on your workers.
- If you pull more effectively, your workers will pay more attention to your push. Read more