Archive for the ‘church leadership’ Category

Ministry is a character profession

February 13, 2014

Ministry is a character profession. To put it bluntly, you can sleep around and still be a good brain surgeon. You can cheat on your mate and have little trouble continuing to practice law. Apparently, it is no problem to stay in politics and plagiarize. You can be a successful salesperson and cheat on your income tax. But you cannot do those things as a Christian or as a minister and continue enjoying the Lord’s blessing. You must do right in order to have true integrity. If you can’t come to terms with evil or break habits that continue to bring reproach to the name of Christ, please, do the Lord (and us in ministry) a favor and resign.

Chuck Swindoll, Rise and Shine, p. 198

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Forgiveness is free, leadership is earned

February 13, 2014

Forgiveness is free, leadership is earned

Steve Farrar, Point Man, Multnomah, 1990, p.74

Faithful pastors encourage the timid

November 24, 2012

Beware of any church or ministry that does not have time for the timid. If church leaders are interested only in goig for the able, the elite, the storm troopers as it were, then we have lost one of the great strands of New Testament Christianity.

David Jackman, The Authentic Church, Christian Focus, 1998, p.165

Leaders have followers

November 24, 2012

If you are out in front and no one else is following, you are not a leader, you are just going for a walk!

David Jackman, The Authentic Church, Christian Focus, 1998, p.156

Team Leadership

August 21, 2012

Some business leaders are very good at some aspects of management and very weak in other aspects. The success of the business then depends on which aspects happen to be crucial at the particular time. Sometimes two executives with very different skills and weaknesses combine to produce a very successful management team, whereas either one of them might have failed completely if operating alone. Ray Kroc, founder of the McDonald’s chain, was a genius at operating details and may well have known more about hamburgers, milk shakes, and French fries than any other human being-and there is a lot to know-but he was out of his depth in complex financial operations. These matters were handled by Harry Sonneborn, who was an innovative genius whose financial improvisations rescued the company from the brink of bankruptcy more than once during its rocky early years. But Sonneborn didn’t even eat hamburgers, much less have any interest in how they were made or marketed. However, as a team, Kroc and Sonneborn made McDonald’s one of the leading corporations in the world.

Sowell, Thomas, Basic Economics: A Citizen’s Guide to the Economy (Basic Books, 2004) p.124