Apparently all the cool pastors write a listicle of things they’ve learned in their first year in their role. I have benefitted greatly from some of these. But as I look back on my own first year as a lead pastor, I don’t have a list to offer (which pretty much confirms my suspicion that […]
If you’ve read any leadership material in your lifetime, chances are you’ve come across references to a mythical creature: The Visionary Leader I say “mythical” because the descriptions of this rare and wonderful being depict a creature that is surely too magnificent for our plain-Jane reality: “Visionary leaders are the builders of a new dawn, […]
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and signs were being performed through the apostles. Now all the believers were together and held all things in common. They sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, […]
Leadership: Understanding “what is” and “moving” it to what “ought to be”. PROGRESSION OF LEADERSHIP
Once we understand what leadership is, we quickly recognize that there are many ways to mess it up! If leadership is understanding what is and moving it towards what ought to be… …what happens when we miss a step?
The Old Testament book of Nehemiah provides some great material for a leadership case study. It’s not primarily a leadership manual, don’t get me wrong; Nehemiah is about God and His people first and foremost. Nonetheless, let me encourage you to read it again with the following outline in mind: