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I study people! I especially study people in leadership positions - and I have for over four decades of ministry. In that time, I have been privileged to know many incredible Christian leaders. I have seen some who’ve been thrusted into leadership positions and have watched as a few maneuvered themselves there. Like I said: I study people. One thing…

“It’s a children’s swing-set, how difficult can it be to assemble?” Two hours later I regretted uttering those words to my wife and was looking for the instructions. Swing-sets I discovered, although similar, come in a variety of sizes, shapes and colors. So, what about Discipleship? Are there a set of instructions to follow? Does a commitment to discipleship come…

NOTE: I first posted this in November 2016. In light of the recent UCF’s winning season, Shaquem’s outstanding performance in the Peach Bowl and Scott Foster’s new appointment as Head Coach at Nebraska, I thought it worthy of repeating. “Nobody makes you give up; you choose to give up!” I could not dismiss the quote I heard on ESPN Game…

Set the timer for 30 seconds on your phone, your watch, or the instrument of your choosing. Press go.  Then answer the following three questions: Who is the person you listen to the most? Who is the person you listen to the least? Why? The following oft-quoted Maxims may shed some light on the answers to your questions. Whether pithy…

Leadership is an art rather than an exact science. There is no such thing as three easy steps to successful leadership. Leaders work at leadership and pray for wisdom beyond their years, realizing they are responsible for the over-site of people’s lives. During my leadership tenure, I have made my share of mistakes. Some were correctable, while others were weighted…

Alex Haley has been credited with saying, “Anytime you see a turtle up on top of a fence post, you know he had some help.” I have heard a dozen variations of the quote as it relates to leadership. However, all of them infer the same thing…all potential leaders need help to become leaders. Most people may be presented with…

A leadership reproducing ministry is attractional and attractional ministry is believable. A ministry like this naturally reproduces quality leaders without lowering the bar or qualifications of leadership. Demonstrating the positive side of ministry is vital in an attractional ministry. Transparency is a safeguard from projecting an image potential young leaders may see as unobtainable or unbelievable. Young leaders can be…

Effective mentors of “Next-Gen” leadership are committed to teaching Process not just creating the end Product. However, the development of a young, godly leader requires a life-on-life encounter. We consistently see Jesus implementing this approach as He would answer a question with a question, forcing people to think (Matthew 13:10 –ff, Luke 7:36-50; 24:13-27). Yes, there were times when He gave clear answers,…

Everyone wants to belong - to be recognized - for someone to know his or her name - to be understood. From 1982-1993 there was a popular sitcom called Cheers and the words to the theme song were not only catchy but insightful. Wouldn't you like to get away? Sometimes you want to go Where everybody knows your name, and…

A key aspect of leadership is developing young leaders, training them to become what you already are. To be the mentor of future leaders is not only an exciting journey but a commission for believers. 2 Timothy 2:2 is our model and Jesus our example. My friend John Armstrong has captured the essences of this concept in the guest blog…

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