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.

Incarnational dying

I heard this story friend-of-a-friend-of-a-friend style, so I can’t vouch for its strict accuracy. But true or not, it makes a powerful point. A Christian visitor came to Mother Theresa's ministry in Calcutta to find out more about how she did ministry. She asked him,...

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Today’s lepers

Galatians 2:910:  "James, Cephas and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. They agreed that we should go to the Gentiles, and they to the Jews. All they asked was that we should...

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Fighting discouragement

For those who want to spark change toward missional incarnational ministry, discouragement is a constant battle. For change at this level to occur, we’re actually talking about DNA. That’s the toughest thing to change once it’s already taken root. Recognize that it’s...

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St Patrick: missionary

St Patrick: missionary

Take along a book to read over your glass of green beer.  Thomas Cahill’s book How the Irish Saved Civilization is a fine and entertaining read, especially in its examination of the missionary work of St. Patrick. Happy St. Paddy’s day!

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The condition of the heart

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the parable of the sower. Jesus said, “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It...

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All or nothing

One theme that seems to come up with many missional leaders is they think in terms of all or nothing. They want to move their whole ministry missional/incarnational, but they can’t get everyone to go there. I’ve talked with a lot of these leaders lately. They feel...

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Launching Missional Communities Field Guide

Launching Missional Communities Field Guide

If you’re a practitioner wanting to understand more about the nuts and bolts of missional community life and structure, the Launching Missional Communities Field Guide by Mike Breen and Alex Absalom can point you in the right direction. Within its pages you'll find...

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A story of missional community

Missional community is happening all over the place. A story from Brian Williamson: “Last Friday, I was asked to come and share some time and encouragement with one of our missional communities. As I looked around the room here's what I saw: Two women who are asking...

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A new work of the Spirit in the recovery community

A story from Adam Trambley, who has begun some work in the recovery community: “One of the interesting places I stumbled across while prayerwalking around my church during some lunch hours was a drop in center for folks with mental illness.  A couple months later, I...

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The intuitive leader

Over many years of working with leaders, I’ve found that the more intuitive a leader is the more difficult it is for them to replicate themselves. They just intuitively know what do to and aren’t able to explain or articulate it to others; it feels mysterious to them...

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Missio Intensive in Portland

Missio Intensive in Portland

I’m at the Missio Intensive today in Portland with Hugh Halter and Matt Smay—pictured here. In case you’re not clear on what an Intensive actually is, it’s an event designed to help you rethink your assumptions about church and move your current church in a more...

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End of the trail: celebration at the destination

End of the trail: celebration at the destination

Note: part of a series from From Followers to Leaders.  See Feb 21 blog entry for backstory. Eventually, the new leaders reach the end of the path. They may have gained competence in a particular area, or accomplished a specific goal such as multiplying a small group...

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