Sunday, March 21, 2010

Multiplying Churches

"We want to lower the bar of how we do church so everyone can do it, and raise the bar of what it means to be a disciple so that everyone will do it"
Neil Cole

What do you think of this statement?


"The art of leadership is understanding what you can't compromise on."
Seth Godin

Friday, March 19, 2010

"We Can Be More"

A great new video highlighting the importance of marriage in relationships from my guy Sho Baraka. Check out his album releasing on March 30th.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

A Leader's Prayer

"Do not pray for easy lives; pray to be stronger men!  Do not pray for tasks equal to your power; pray for powers equal to your tasks.  Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be a miracle".
Phillip Brooks - 19th century preacher

Do you pray for what you believe that you can accomplish or do you ask God to accomplish greater things than you could ever accomplish?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The character of a leader

I have been thinking about leadership a lot lately.  I am taking a class at Wheaton on leadership.  I am teaching a class at our church on leadership.  I have been asked advice about a local leadership program.  And the daily challenges of being a leader always has me considering leadership as well. 

I want to flesh out some of those thoughts in writing so I will make some attempt at that here.

One of the things that I am more and more convinced of is that character and integrity is a foundation to effective long term leadership.  In my experience, if you are a leader then it is inevitable that people will question your decisions.  As a result, they will begin to scrutinize your life and character.  Unknowingly, people often micro-analyze the life of leaders and over emphasize a persons flaws to destroy them in their mind. 

Not many people have a lot of grace with leaders.  Sad.

This is one of the reason that I think that the life of a leader must be impeccable.  He or she must be above reproach in every way.  Speech, conduct, life, purity.  Unfortunately, they are still human and so they will let people down.  But if their pattern of life is consistent, hopefully that will rise to the surface.

Because character is key, ongoing character development should be a central goal of any leader.  John Maxwell says "Unaddressed cracks in character only get deeper and more destructive with time". 

What are you doing today to continue to develop your character?

Monday, March 1, 2010

Generousity of Evangelical Christians

This morning I read an encouraging blog post by Atlanta pastor Shaun King.  He had observed how a large portion of the aid and volunteers in Haiti were evangelical Christians.  He then cites an article in the liberal NY Times that makes the same observation. 

It is encouraging to see such generousity from the church in the US especially when we are becoming a smaller and smaller percentage of society.  It seems that others are taking notice of our love for our neighbors. 

I encourage you to read the entire post here.

Do you think that evangelicals are leading the way in society towards compassion and generousity to those in need?