“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 . 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.” Our ego doesn’t like to hear this… especially if we have a maverick mentality.
The first time I watched Top Gun (the first of...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
There’s a danger when you hire someone to work alongside you. The danger increases when they have similar responsibilities to you or they report to you. And the danger is even greater when the person is talented. The danger: their work or they themselves get more attention than you do. What happens if their talent overshadows yours? What if their influence is greater than yours? What if church members or...more
In a previous post I named ten must read books for leading effectively in ministry. Now I’m giving them away. In three days I’ll choose three winners, and those winners can choose which of the ten books they want and I’ll mail them a copy of the book. You’re eligible to win if: You already subscribe to my weekly blog email currently (RSS) You register by noon Sunday (Sep 21)...more
This is a guest post from Karl Vaters. Karl has passion for serving churches…specifically, “small churches.” I’ve really enjoyed his writing, and help he provides church leaders. Much of his content applies to ministers no matter their church size, but he’s committed to encouraging the small church. From the New Small Church website: Small Churches make up 80% – 90% of the known churches in the world, but are the subject of probably...more