Leadership

Catching the Fallen

Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness…” — Galatians 6:1 At some point during their career, most ministers will be forced to deal with the failure and removal of a key staff member,...

Managing God’s Workers

Let every man prove his own work … Galatians 6:4 One of the most difficult challenges in ministry is firing someone who works for you. Wrestling with the decision of terminating a worker, volunteer or paid, is sheer agony. If the staff member is well known and has a...

When Sheep Bite

“He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty; And he who rules his spirit, than he who captures a city.” Proverbs 16:32 “I’ve been in the pastorate for 30 years and have never had such hurt and pain as this,” said one pastor. “I didn’t realize how easily people...

Who is the Man in Your Life?

A recent elk-hunting trip in northern New Mexico unexpectedly became a week of counseling and prayer. Our hunting guide turned out to be a minister. He and his wife had fasted and prayed for 21 days, asking the Lord to provide them with counsel and direction for their...

Do Something

A placard with this simple and direct motto, “Do Something!” adorned my wife’s grandmother’s wall for years. Even into her nineties, she lived out this credo every day. She was 100 when she passed away, leaving an astonishing legacy of accomplishment. She was the...

High C

Tend the flock of God that is your charge, not by constraint, but willingly, not for shameful gain but eagerly, not as domineering over those in your charge but being examples to the flock.—1 Peter 5:2-3 If someone called you a “High C”, how would you take it? In...