Eric Liddell, Olympic champion and missionary to China, was made famous by the movie Chariots of Fire (which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1982). A central feature of the movie was Liddell’s conviction about the Sabbath which prohibited him from running on Sunday.
The longer you lead, the more susceptible you become to discouragement, cynicism, and bitterness. Frankly, losing hurts. It’s painful when evil prevails. No matter how hard you preach, teach, and counsel, people still make horrible choices that destroy relationships, families, and churches. No...
One of the best things about getting older is gaining perspective. Over time, your viewpoint on past events changes. What once seemed really important now seems less so, and mountain-sized problems look like anthills in retrospect.
Peter emphasized shepherding as a priority, the necessity of fiscal responsibility, developing character more than skills, and discerning the demonic forces behind our spiritual battles. While other issues may deserve careful treatment, these priorities can’t be ignored.
As you near the end of your leadership career, you will likely look back over a mixed bag of decisions – some good, some bad. You will also look back over countless situations where you chose a course of action when the options were muddled and the consequences unclear. In other cases, the...
Building healthy relationships throughout your community demonstrates the authenticity of the Christian faith. When your actions in public, at work, and at home reveal Jesus – your words about Jesus will receive a much more receptive hearing.
Leaders are supposed to be mature people who approach their role as adults. There are many people today – in all fields, not just politics – who lead more like children. We need more adults in the room!
One contemporary trend in worship services is turning the lights down on the congregation during the service. This has the effect of focusing the attention on the stage, much like happens in a theater. The goal is well-intended – minimizing distraction among the audience – but actually has a...
Pastors are the most important kingdom leaders. Without their effective leadership, healthy churches cannot be built. Without healthy churches, everything else – from missions to seminaries – ultimately fails.
One of the best aspects of being president at Gateway is working in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural environment. For more than twenty years, there has been no racial or ethnic majority in our student population.