Writings

  • Power-full Leadership

    Calvin Miller writes in The Empowered Leader, “the cross of Christ is the focus for all who commit themselves to leadership. The cross proves that anytime we take ultimate steps to obey God, human opinion can move swiftly against us…We best exonerate our leadership by reckoning ourselves dead to our ambition. Those who crucify themselves have…

  • Leadership Functions & Spiritual Gifts

    I ran across this from Dr. Paul Ford, a consultant with ChurchSmart Resources, the US partner for Natural Church Development (recommended for evaluating church health). Ford sees leadership within the church as a “series of functions carried out by a group of people, not just a job filled by only one person.” This perspective places a high priority…

  • Who’s your moral leader?

    From Bob Novak’s latest Political Report (5/2/07): Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) had a deer-in-the-headlights moment not unlike the one President Bush had in his first debate with Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) in 2004. It was made worse by the fact that he did so on a softball question. When asked whom he considered his moral leader, Edwards took…

  • Who are Good Leaders?

    A friend of mine just asked me over lunch, “Who are some good leaders?” Having been wrestling on some writing projects involving different categories of leadership, I instantly thought about all the different ways that question could be answered. Based on what? Achievement, character, integrity, amount of influence, reputation, size of organization, personal relationships? The lens…

  • Vision Hiding Personal Ambition

    From Upside Down: The Paradox of Servant Leadership by Stacy Rinehart: What is called ‘vision’ can be merely a ‘spiritually correct’ synonym for personal ambition…Visionaries operating in the flesh promote messages like these: ‘If you’re not getting my vision, you’re not listening to God, or you are spiritually immature and inferior.’ ‘This is the only true spiritual…

  • Biblical Insights of Leadership, part 2

    Leadership is a fundamental Biblical activity. There are at least three insights from Scripture that offer a glimpse of what leadership is in the biblical perspective. Part 2: Divine calling and obedience. God purposefully chose Moses to be a human leader in God’s act of delivering the Israelites out of slavery. God called Moses in a personal…

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