So how often do you get to tell the story of someone you know coming back from the dead? And not just sucking air again. Even Lazarus did that. But in a new form? In a different kind of body as a prototype for future humanity? A transrational frame that defies immutable physics? And is uniquely tied to our freedom in ways that should cause us to shout?
Our friends at Legend Church in Cincinnati, Ohio throw a party every Easter morning with champagne and a breakfast goodies.
Before we begin, a quick reality check: all pastors struggle with leadership challenges. In a recent survey, over half U.S. pastors found the job overwhelming. But in my interactions with pastors and leaders over the last few years, they’ll eventually bring up The Big Issue. And the current heightened level of The Big Issue is making their shepherding extremely difficult.
Here it is: The political polarization in America has invaded the church in dramatic and dangerous ways
Years ago we used to take our kids to a community pool that had a high diving board. I’m not much of a swimmer; if there was an Olympic trial for dog-paddling, I could be a contender. But I remember telling my wife one day I was going to do the high board. I remember climbing up the long ladder and thinking it can’t be that bad. But after walking out on the diving board I thought, “Whoa. What was I thinking?” The pool looked like a postage stamp. And of course there’s no way
From the tribe of Issachar, there were two-hundred leaders of the tribe with their relatives. All these men understood the signs of the times and knew the best course for Israel to take. (1 Chronicles 12:32 NLT) The primary objective for any leader is to discern what the “best course” is for the people they lead. In other words: what needs to be done today in order to complete the mission tomorrow?
Covid-19 has forced pastors and ministry leaders to question previous method
Becoming a "leader of leaders" requires effective empowerment. If you haven’t read The Power of Delegation: Part 1, check it out here. Effective delegation typically follows four phases: Preparation > Progression > Production > Possession. When a team member is given a project or ongoing ministry to tackle, they’re made aware of the process as well as the goal. 1. PREPARATION In the Preparation phase, the team member is given a picture of the problem and a clear assignment:
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