How comfortable should you be, in the place you’ve been called?
Every once in a while, God chooses to show me what my ministry-calling could look like…how uncomfortable it could be.
He showed me once when I was interviewing with a church. On the weekend I was there for an interview, a 160 missionaries were being commissioned to international service. It put my “sacrifice” of moving 800 miles within my own country into perspective.
He showed me again this past week when I visited a church pastor in the inner-city, who explained to me his calling for his neighborhood. I didn’t find many things...more
Photo courtesy of iStockphoto® Church staff members aren’t exempt from a ladder-climbing mentality. We’re not exempt from wanting more pay or recognition. We’re not exempt, but we can’t allow that mentality to drive our decisions. As a Christian, and one whom has fully given your life’s vocation to Christ, , you must pursue and prioritize that calling first, and above all else. While living in Texas, I served a...more
If a leader is unwilling to name the elephant in the room, yet is willing to name other people and their issues when they’re not in the room, he’s going to have trust issues… and likely dysfunction as well. At our church’s recent staff retreat, we heard from Dr. Bill Wilson, director for The Center for Healthy Churches, regarding the issue of trust amongst staff. Many insightful things were...more
“Son, your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash.” This quote was a part of dressing down of Tom Cruise’s character, Maverick, in Top Gun. He saved someone’s life, albeit, while jeopardizing himself, others and a “thirty million dollar aircraft.” As church leaders, do we also need to be reminded of this? Jesus apparently seemed to think so, when He said, “Apart from me, you can do nothing.”...more
In meetings, the chair may only be 2-3 feet away. From your seat, their chair looks very similar to your chair. Their chair is in the same meeting as your chair. So, why can’t you sit in their chair? Just because it’s close to yours or looks fairly comfortable, it’s not the same chair. When you move chairs, you find out a lot. You find out the person sitting...more