No Pain, No Gain?

No Pain, No Gain?

Marathoners often describe hitting the wall as they run. It’s a stretch of time when everything in their body hurts and everything in their mind screams, “Stop!” They press through, and the pain lifts. But is “no pain, no gain” a good mantra for Christian leaders? It was an intense season at our ministry—a huge…

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Are You Making Tracks or Following Footprints?

Are You Making Tracks or Following Footprints?

By their very nature, leaders are out in front, making tracks for others to follow. But is this the full story for Christian leaders? Let’s take a look. Our leadership team was praying about how we’d been forging ahead in a project when God suddenly hit the pause button. As I prayed, I pictured our footprints in the snow.…

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What’s Wrong When Worship Seems Long?

What’s Wrong When Worship Seems Long?

As Christian leaders, we believe our hearts are postured toward the Lord. We’re eager to engage with our teams in worship and in the Word. Or are we? We made a recent board decision to rotate leadership for our engagement with God at board meetings. We want each board member to share in leading this core aspect of our…

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Sharing Jesus When You Don’t Feel Led

Sharing Jesus When You Don’t Feel Led

As I’ve been saying in recent blogs, every leader, every believer, has a 24/7 calling to share Jesus with others. When we don’t talk with others about Him—which is more frequent than we’d like to admit—we often blame it on not feeling led. Let’s press into this concept of “feeling led.” Of course, being led…

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Seeing And Speaking

Seeing And Speaking

Jesus, the greatest leader of all time, saw the individuals in the crowds around Him and was moved to compassionate action. As Christian leaders, we consciously engage with the people in our ministry world. But do we do the same with the people in our everyday world? Last week I shared that God’s been leading me to interact…

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Your 24/7 Calling

Your 24/7 Calling

Most Christian leaders give the lion’s share of their time and energy to their primary ministry calling. This is understandable given the weightiness of leadership responsibilities. But is there an even more comprehensive call to fulfill? Over the past 14 months, I’ve been convicted of God’s overarching calling…

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