Iron Sharpening

Recently I scheduled a lunch meeting with a pastor in an attempt to encourage him in the ministry.  My intent was great, but the application of that intent fell short.  Why?Read More »

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Guest Post by Mark Miller

Thanks to my friend Mark Miller for allowing me to share his wonderful post with you!

(Originally published at greatleadersserve.com)

The Most Important Part of Leadership

Most leaders don’t understand what REALLY determines their success. We mistakenly believe our trajectory is determined by what we can do. This is a half-truth. As I look back on my career, I’m not sure when I discovered this – regrettably, it was MUCH later than I should have. Do you know what is required to be a great leader?Read More »

Out of Control

Recently, I was at an early morning gathering of brothers who are trying to live out what we say we believe. The topic of conversation was “control” and how we (as men especially) struggle with control in our lives. I discovered that when I think I’m out of control, GodRead More »

Just say ‘NO’!

How does saying “no” effect your leadership ability?

We who are “servant-hearted” leaders have a hard time saying “no” to demands of others. We truly want to help and know that God has gifted us to help others. Yet, we wind up unintentionally over-committing ourselves and being much less real help to the masses than we’d like to admit.Read More »

3 Things I learned on the Front Porch

“Be still and know that I am God…” Psalm 46:10a (NIV)

As often as money and time will allow, Melissa and I will head to the Great Smokey Mountains for a weekend get-a-way. We usually stay at our favorite resort in a cabin with a peaceful porch and relaxing hot tub. Recently, as we were on one of these get-a-ways, I was experiencing an especially stressful time at work. Read More »

A Parable by Tim Rogers

Once upon a time an eagle’s egg rolled out of a hole in the nest. It rolled gently down the mountain trail arriving safely in the farmyard below. As it turned out a hen passing by saw it and assuming it was a chicken egg, rolled it to her nest where she proceeded to hatch it.Our young eagle grew up with the chickens. He ate with the chickens, slept with theRead More »

Sabbath Rest: Urgent vs. Important

13 If you turn back your foot from the Sabbath, from doing your pleasure on my holy day, and call the Sabbath a delight and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, or seeking your own pleasure, or talking idly; 14 then you shall take delight in the Lord…”  -Isaiah 58:13-14 (ESV)

Run here; run there; do this; do that…uggghhh!  When does the ride stop?  Life can get way too busy…I mean that out of control kind of busy, very fast!  This can happen without us even realizing it.  As ministry leaders in the age of Facebook, Twitter, church/ministry websites and blogs, iphones and ipads, it can be overwhelming to ALWAYS be reachable.Read More »

5 Reasons Some Pastors/Leaders Become Un-teachable

Proverbs 1:7(ESV)  “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
 fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Is it possible that we who instruct become fools too often because we are approached so much for the answers and we actually believe that we have all of them?  When we get to a point in our ministry or spiritual life that we begin to believe the “myth” that we are the guru of sorts in our sphere of influence, we are at the end of knowledge or the beginning of foolishness.  This leads me to the five reasons some pastors/leaders become un-teachable.Read More »