My wife and I once lived in a house in which the basement walls had been rushed and poured during a time of the year that allowed for it to crack and eventually leak. That basement was the foundation of our house, and although every other area of the cement walls was strong, this one area was flawed, and every year we had to deal with water coming into the house.
This troubling scenario came to mind as I listened to my pastor’s message today from Matthew 7:24-27 about the importance of building on Jesus and his commands as our sure foundation. My mind wandered back to another message I had heard years ago while I was still in the pastorate about the foundations we, as pastors and ministry leaders, lay when we begin our ministries. His words challenged me that day, and I was re-challenged by them and by my pastor's remarks this morning as I contemplated the foundations on which many ministries are established. I want to challenge you to think about the things on...
Good Business Sense Does Not a Leader Make
Many people confuse business acumen with leadership ability. Just because someone is successful in business does not mean they are also good leaders. It might be they can develop a great product or service and can get people to buy it from them. It might mean they have a great ability to manage finances, so they are successful. My grandmother was like that. After my grandfather died at an early age, she took the life insurance money and purchased rental home fixer uppers and flipped them for a good profit, even after paying others to do the work of updating them. She was tight with her money and was able to accumulate a very sizeable amount of money in the last half of her life. She displayed good business acumen. However, she was not a leader. She didn’t have day-to-day employees that she had to lead so she didn’t have to worry about interpersonal skills such as listening or empathy, or even having vision. I would argue that...
Although I am not currently in a pastoral position, I spent 16 years in that role. One thing I know is that I love ministry, most pastors do. Of course, there are some aspects of the job that I like more than others, but that is true of anything we do and enjoy. The sad fact is that I knew pastors who loved ministry, but were let go due to one sin or another. Many of them were more concerned with going through a “quick” restoration period so they could get back into the ministry than they were in how their sin affected the people they were called to serve. For those of you who are wondering, they had the wrong perspective.
The Importance of Honest Leadership
As ministry leaders, it is important for us to remember that much of the emotional, psychological, and spiritual well-being of those we lead is in our hands, at least to some degree. Whether we like it or not, people look to us for spiritual and practical guidance. Our actions and our words matter. It took me...
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