And here’s an explanation of the plan.
And here’s an explanation of the plan.
Recently I was asked to give a conference address on “Positive Leadership.” It got me thinking about how many different kinds of pastoral leadership I’d come across in my ministry. I came up with 10 leadership types:
If you click on over to my monthly column at Christianity.com, I’ll introduce you to these 10 men.
3 Ways to Nourish & Cherish your Wife
Lots of women will be wishing they married C J Mahaney after this.
10 Questions for Expositors
Brian Croft invites us into his study.
“Your blog isn’t Christian”
Loved this post from Trevin Wax. “Chesterton was right. There are no uninteresting subjects, only uninterested people. That’s why, whenever I find something of interest on the web, my first thought is not – Is this Christian? - but Is this interesting? Is it “worth a look?” Is there humor in it? Pathos? Insight into the way the world works? The way people think? If so, I’ll link to it or write a post about it.”
More Punctuation Marks Needed
Great idea. How do we go about arranging it? Petition the Government? Go to war with the English?
North Korea’s Secret Spectaculars
Knowing something of the suffering in North Korea, this is enough to make me weep. One of my most fervent prayers is that I might live to see the day when North Korea’s people are freed.
We’ve been working our way through the service bays in the Soul Care Garage this week.
Let’s visit the last two, and make sure you don’t miss the last and most important.
As our lives slowly yet inexorably grow more complicated and committed, especially in the ministry, we must regularly examine our life and see what we can do to reduce our commitments and obligations. We all do this to some extent – because we all realize that we cannot meet the needs of everyone – the question is more about how seriously and intentionally you do this.
Prevention is better than cure here. If you can learn to say “No” to certain ministry demands and opportunities, it’s a lot easier than having to pull out when you’ve already committed and raised expectations.
You will need to cut out many good things to do the best things. You will need to cut out some ministry to others in order to minister to yourself. The life of the minister is the life of his ministry (Acts 20:28; 1 Tim. 4:6). What’s your greatest priority? YOUR SOUL!
A pastor’s duties to his wife and children are not reduced by his duty to his flock; rather, they are increased (1 Sam. 15:22-23).
The aim of all these other service bays is a return to a Christ-centered life, a life lived in communion with the Lord Jesus; yes, dare I say it, a personal relationship with Jesus. We want a life connected to Him, obedient to Him, imaging Him, glorifying Him, and worshipping Him. Here are a few things I’ve found helpful in returning to the Lord:
Need a tow?
Please visit the Soul Care Garage regularly. The more frequently you visit it, the less time you will spend in each of the service bays. It will save you from the Pastor’s wrecker’s yard, and if you’re already there, get a tow over to this garage and start working your way through the bays until you’re fit for the road again!
This is an edited version of an article that was first published at Gospel Centered Discipleship.
Some quick links today as I’m in Wisconsin to film an interview for a documentary on Christians and Depression.
I think a lot of women will identify with this.
Does Success Require Sleeping with your Smartphone?
Harvard Business School Professor Leslie Perlow shows how to disconnect and become more productive in the process.
Pray and Vote
Three options for Nov 6: Despair, Bury your Head, or Pray and Vote
The Blues v Clinical Depression
How to tell the difference.
Claiming one has ‘No Religion’ requires tremendous faith.
— Chris Larson (@ChrisLarson) October 9, 2012
“Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.” Will Rogers
— Collin Hansen (@collinhansen) October 9, 2012
God motivates us to holiness by reminding us what we were in sin, what we are in Christ, and what we will be in glory.
— Kevin DeYoung (@RevKevDeYoung) October 9, 2012
RT @wssid: Scripture sets forth an unfashionable goal for believers: God wants us to die well.
— greg lucas (@greglucas58) October 9, 2012
Hudson Taylor to George Stott: “With only 1 leg why do you think of going as a missionary?” “Because I do not see those with 2 legs going!”
— James Boyd (@jamesb0yd) October 9, 2012
If you are into pain avoidance, do not seek to become the elder of a church. (2 Cor. 11:28)
— BetweenTwoWorlds (@between2worlds) October 10, 2012