The essence of discipleship is “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matt 28:20a). It’s not just about teaching knowledge, but about teaching obedience so people can live into what Jesus taught and how he lived. That’s the point.
In some cases, we’ve equated maturity with knowledge, as opposed to considering to what degree a person is living out what he or she already knows. The way to helping people grow in their discipleship is helping them take the next step to become more like Jesus. In many cases, people don’t need to learn more– they need to start doing more of what they already know. Continue Reading
Every few years I engage in the painful– yet ultimately rewarding and productive– process of updating my website. Now is that season.
Not only am I redesigning the site, but I’m coordinating how I do my blog, tweets, and newsletters. So you’ll see some changes in the coming months. For example, this month I’ll be blogging less often, but exploring each of the four main areas I’ll be highlighting on my website: Continue Reading
Today’s entry is by guest blogger Mark Fields, director for Vineyard Missions.
When you have a compass, you need to reorient it depending on your current location. With the electronic compass on my iPhone I move the phone in a figure 8 several times to allow it to calibrate to my current location. I can’t just pull it out and use it.
If the compass heading is off by just one degree, over a long journey you can end up very far away from your intended destination. For a successful journey, you need to recalibrate your compass regularly. Continue Reading
I recently asked this question of someone. He’d been working hard in his ministry, putting forth a great deal of effort, yet receiving very little by way of appreciation from his congregation. He was frustrated and tired.
Yet the question, “Whose approval are you seeking?” jolted his perspective. He was looking for approval from the people he was leading rather than from God. When he shifted his perspective, he could see that he was serving God faithfully even if others around him didn’t understand or notice. Continue Reading
In many cases where you are the supervisor, you may want to take a coaching posture as much as possible. However, a coaching posture requires that the person you’re coaching is the one who sets the agenda. The agenda they set may or not be most strategic for accomplishing the goals you want them to accomplish as their supervisor.
Here’s a rule of thumb: if you find yourself trying to steer the conversation during coaching times, that means you probably haven’t completed the supervisor work of making sure they know what they need to achieve and how they will be evaluated. Too often we aren’t clear enough about what results we want people to get. Then when we try to coach them, they meander. Continue Reading