After awhile without writing, I felt the need to get back to it… only to realize I needed to finish Part 3! The truth is, inviting people to our team (Pt. 1) and allowing them to share the experience (Pt. 2) can almost be easy for some leaders, especially those who are extroverts and natural “includers.” The true test of leadership, and the test of how well you as a leader have prepared those you lead, is when and how you release them into their calling. Continue reading “Pt. 3 – Release to Lead”
Last week I threw out Pt. 1 – The Importance of a Leaders Invitation, which started my thoughts on the leadership training Timothy received from Paul. Today, I want to share what I believe is the most important part of the puzzle. So many leaders don’t to expand the number of those they are directly impacting because they are worried about what to teach. True Leadership isn’t verbal anyway! Continue reading “Pt. 2 – Share the Experience”
Back in August we had a leadership night here at River Valley Church, and ever since then I have been thinking about the leadership training that Paul passed on to Timothy. I see three keys to this leadership training that each one of us should constantly be doing in our own lives. I think it’s important that we are intentional about being involved in all three stages at all times. Leadership is cyclical and never ending!
Here is the first key… Continue reading “Pt. 1 – The Importance of a Leader’s Invitation”
Today I was reading Jonah chapter 1. I’ve read it a lot. I’ve preached on it more than once. Yet, the cool thing about scripture is that God can give you something new each time you read it!
So back to the story many of you may already know… Jonah gets called by God to a place he doesn’t want to go so he jumps on a ship headed in the opposite direction. While he’s cashed out below deck a storm comes up and threatens to wreck the ship and kill everyone on board. The captain, who’s obviously a nice guy, wakes up Jonah to see if “his god would take notice.” The crew members cast lots, find out it’s all Jonah’s fault, don’t want to kill him (which I wish the bible would expound more on, because I’m sure they didn’t want the wrath of God because they were murders, but they just found out it was Jonah’s fault that all of their lives were in danger! You can’t tell me there wasn’t at least one guy onboard that was ready toss him overboard immediately! But I digress…), but finally realize after the storm gets even worse that their only hope is to toss Jonah overboard. And they do (which made that one guy who wanted to in the first place happy, I’m sure). Continue reading “God can use your shortfall”
For those of us who are young leaders in the Church ( <-note the big “C” ) there is constantly a temptation to see pastors and leaders who are further down this road than us and want the influence and platform that they have. There are 2 verses in Exodus that help me bring this urge into perspective and both are found in chapter 33. The first is verse 13, Moses’ perspective on the huge leadership platform that he was given. His words to God were, “If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favour with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” (emphasis mine). Leadership is nothing more that stewarding the influence that God has given you. Your job is to stay in relationship with God and know is ways. He will give you leadership when you are ready for it and realize its leading HIS people. Continue reading “A Message to Young Leaders”
Peter lays out the life of a christian pretty clearly in just three verses, 2 Peter 1:5-7. So you believe, thats called faith. Now stop stealing cheating, lying, and do what’s right… that’s called being good. After that, while being good, read and get to know God’s word, also known as gaining knowledge. Once you start gaining knowledge, put it into practice (self-control). But just knowing and doing doesn’t mean temptation is going to go away, so you must persevere through temptations and hardships. Once you can put together faith, knowledge, self-control, and perseverance, you will begin to understand what godliness truly is. He overcame ALL while we struggle to persevere and we start to have higher respect and understanding of God and begin to align our hearts with His… Godliness. As we struggle through our own attempt at godliness it forces us to appreciate other’s stories and struggles and extend kindness to them. This teaches us to love the way we should, the way Jesus tells us people will know us by (John 13:35).
Then repeat. Continue reading “So you’re saved… now what?”
This morning I dove into the book of 1 Samuel. I believe God gave me an idea into his character, but also a stern warning against the way many of us live today. That warning was this; God is not our Lucky Rabbits foot. We don’t just get out of jail free whenever we “pull the God-card” and expect him to show up. The fact is that He does have great plans for our life, but that doesn’t mean we get to do whatever we want and it’s His responsibility to make it great. Continue reading “Your Lord or Your Lucky Rabbits Foot?”
This weekend I had the wonderful privilege to be able to preach here at Pathways Church. Not to be redundant, but the final point on prayer is worth taking some time to think about today so that it doesn’t just become words but translates into each of our lives. It comes from Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
So often we find verses in scripture that we can quote, but until they change they way we live they are not serving their intended purpose. Continue reading “Battle-Ready”
One of the biggest reasons people say that they don’t pray is because they “don’t have the time.” This then leads to guilt because they don’t pray, which leads to separation from God because they feel that they haven’t prayed in so long that when they pray this time God will wonder where they have been. Truth is, prayer is so much simpler than that! Actually, if you don’t already have a set devotional or prayer time my recommendation may surprise you. Its this: Don’t set a time… Yet. Continue reading “Lifestyle, not Event”