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Be a Pilgrim

All the kingdoms of this earth are not worth relinquishing one moment of the heaven of worshipping and serving the Lord our God. Those who truly love Him will spend their lives on this earth as “pilgrims” and “strangers” seeking no permanent dwelling place here but looking only for the city whose Builder and Maker is God.

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It’s So Unfair!

Many times as leaders, it feels like we are giving everything to try to help others without getting much in return. It seems so unfair! But this is the nature of the Christian life – to love others and to do to them what we would have them do to us (Luke 6:31). This is the nature of servanthood. In particular, this is the nature of [...]

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Delivering Correction

In addition to communicating positive feedback, leaders also have to share negative things with their constituents at times. When delivering correction or “constructive criticism,” leaders should do the following (some of these ideas have been adapted from Management by Proverbs by Michael A. Zigarelli): Pray first. The leader should ask [...]

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The Power of Affirmation

Christian leaders should always take the long view. We are striving towards eternity, not merely temporal goals. By keeping the people focused on our ultimate destination, we can encourage them to endure the many sufferings and setbacks along the way. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we [...]

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Giving Power Away

The following are some of the reasons why leaders might find it hard to give power away: Failure to plan. To simply recruit someone at the last moment to do something is “dumping,” not delegating. The leader must think ahead, communicate thoroughly and commit to an effective ongoing oversight. Pride. Of course, we all know that no one [...]

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Sharing Power with Others

The seven leadership essentials of sharing power with others are: Give power away. Paradoxically, leaders become more powerful when they give their own power away. Leadership power is not a fixed and limited sum – like a pie that is divided into pieces – to be hoarded and grudgingly divided up only when absolutely necessary. Everyone [...]

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What is Empowerment?

According to the New Testament, the role of the leader is not merely to do the ministry but to equip the people to minister. It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up… [...]

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Legitimate Vision

A useful definition of leadership revolves around “vision,” and has three parts: The leader establishes the vision. He aligns the people in that direction. He motivates and inspires them to move and keep moving in that direction until they fulfill the vision. Viewed from this angle, leadership involves movement toward a vision. This is a [...]

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Pursuing Reality

Too often, churches and ministry organizations allow themselves to be distracted by things other than the real issue. The real issue may be a key problem they need to face or a key opportunity for advancement they should explore. A crucial role of the leader is to focus attention on the real issue at the time. Healthy leaders help people [...]

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