Celebrating Our Mission

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One of the causalities of canceling the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention this summer was losing the opportunity to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the International Mission Board. The IMB is, in many ways, the reason we exist as a denomination. We came together in 1845 in...

Barnacles

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A common refrain these days is, “I’ll be glad when things get back to normal.” Well, that’s not happening. Our world will never be the same after COVID-19. The disruptions to social, economic, educational, corporate, entertainment, and religious systems have been too...

Death in a Glass

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According to a new study by the National Institute for Health, the second leading cause of death in 2017 in the United States was alcohol.  More people died from alcohol-related illnesses than died of drug overdoses, including opioids.  The death rate from these illnesses has more than doubled...

Competence Builds Influence

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Leadership is usually defined, in some way, as influence. Demonstrating competence is one key to influencing others. The better you are at your role, the more likely others will defer to your expertise, trust your judgment, and cooperate with your decisions. Your competence is both real and a...

Natural-Born Leader

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One prominent Christian leader, a friend of mine, believes leadership can’t be taught. He told me, “A person either has leadership ability or doesn’t. You can’t teach a person how to be a leader.” Obviously, I don’t agree, but my friend does make a valid point. Some people are natural-born leaders.

Hang around a while

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Over the past months, I have been studying tenure—meaning length of service, not an academic status—among seminary presidents. No big surprise—the longest serving presidents (more than 10 years) tended to make the most impact. In every ministry leadership role, there is a demonstrable connection...

It IS what you know

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Leadership equals influence so increasing your influence increases your leadership effectiveness. One important source of influence is information—what you know. There’s an old saying, “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” Sometimes that’s true. But more...

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