Leadership

Holistic Leadership Development

Leadership - Logan LeadershipYou want to develop leaders who will do what Jesus called us to do, leaders who can take the church forward into the 21st century. You look to the fields and see them, as Jesus does, ready for harvest — and you know that’s where your ministry needs to concentrate.

What’s needed is holistic leadership development — the kind of leadership development that comes from the harvest and leads people back into the harvest, resulting in subsequent generations of new believers and new leaders living as Jesus called us to live.

We can help you develop leaders the kind of leaders you need in a way that is both relational and intentional… and ultimately effective in helping your church accomplish its mission.

Intuitive leaders in 8th grade

Intuitive leaders in 8th grade

An 8th grade girl I know had the following conversation with her mom: Daughter: “I think now that I’m going into high school next year, there might be enough kids in the church youth group for them to start having a separate group for the high schoolers. They could...

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The consecration of an altar

The consecration of an altar

During my stay in Honduras, one of the churches was dedicating their altar. It was essentially a platform or stage built of red tile and going all the way across the front of the church building (partially pictured below). Humberto came up front and shared from Romans...

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The intentional leader

The intentional leader

Here’s one thing I have discovered about leaders in any culture: They’re just a bit more intentional and strategic than the other folks. I watched a leader in Honduras who had a very relaxed way of making connections with people. He’d drop by, talk for a while. In the...

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The seven commands of Jesus

The seven commands of Jesus

Below is a list of the seven commands of Jesus taught to the people of Honduras. They follow a Spanish acronym that isn’t present in the English translation. 1. Repent and believe 2. Be baptized 3. Love the people 4. Receive communion 5. Give 6. Pray 7. Teach Notice...

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Pastors and elders: defining our terms

Pastors and elders: defining our terms

Gerardo, a mechanic-pastor I met in Honduras, made a comment in passing that I found interesting: “The reason you need elders in your church is that they focus internally. Pastors, of course, are focused externally.” The "of course" struck me. I asked him for...

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Leadership: recognized, not appointed

Leadership: recognized, not appointed

During my time in Honduras, I found the way that handle leadership fascinating. Leaders are not appointed-- they are recognized through results. One of their titles of leadership is “extension chain teacher.” That title indicates someone who has raised up 10 churches....

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How do others perceive Christians?

How do others perceive Christians?

How are we perceived from the outside? How would we like others to perceive us? How do those perspectives affect our testimony? What can we do about it? Food for thought from New York Times columnist Nikolas Kristoff.

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A prayer for mission

A prayer for mission

The Rev. Jonathan Hunnicutt, of The Table Church, sent me this prayer recently and I thought I would share it with you. It is a prayer for mission from Morning Prayer Rite II. 1979 Book of Common Prayer, page 101: Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love...

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Recalibrate

Recalibrate

When you have a compass, you need to recalibrate 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...

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If you don’t learn, you don’t teach

If you don’t learn, you don’t teach

When I was in Honduras, I discovered that they define “learning” as something you actually put into practice, not as knowledge. That’s how they structure their training: 75% is practice, while only 25% is input. They figure-- rightly, I think-- that it’s meaningless...

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Putting it all together

Putting it all together

After getting involved in a difficult church leadership situation at a relatively young age, I would have had some serious answers to the questions we asked in the last post. At the age of 28, I went through eight months of clinical depression and did not feel I had...

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The hardest verse in the Bible

The hardest verse in the Bible

In Matthew 5:48, Jesus told people, "Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." Simple enough. If Jesus said it, it must be something we're supposed to do. Perfect. It sounded so...born-again. Such an apt summary of everything else I was trying to be....

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