Never do ministry alone

It’s interesting that after the time when the Apostle Paul found himself in Athens all alone, we start seeing a much greater emphasis on team-based ministry. I suspect that Paul learned some things about the value of a team during his time in Athens. Teams encourage...

Needs and opportunities

As you’re praying and listening to God for what he would have you do, he will likely show you areas where—if you invested time or energy—the results could be very fruitful. These are the opportunities. Often in ministry we are accustomed to looking only at the needs…...
How to pray for leaders

How to pray for leaders

As we pray for the development of leaders, our motivation should reflect that of Jesus: the harvest fields themselves. We need to allow our heart to break for the harvest. 35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the...
The Three Colors of Leadership

The Three Colors of Leadership

God uses “special” people. Jacob was a cheater; Peter had a temper; David had an affair; Noah got drunk; Jonah ran from God; Paul was a murderer; Gideon was insecure; Miriam was a gossiper; Martha was a worrier; Thomas was a doubter; Sara was impatient; Elijah was...

A theology of mañana

An associate of mine who serves in a challenging area of Mexico City has developed what he calls “a theology of mañana.”  It basically means that—in the midst of all the crazy ups and downs and unforeseens that can happen in ministry—we believe that God is in control....

What frustrates you about discipleship efforts?

I ran a poll recently in a webinar asking people what issues were blocking them in their discipleship efforts. I asked people to check as many as applied, so the percentages below don’t total 100%, but represent the percentage of responders who struggle with each of...