*this post is partly inspired by and a paraphrasing of the words of E.M. Bounds* We like taking the shortcut if we can get away with it. We’re always looking for the silver bullet, the easy answer, the cure-all to ministry challenges and woes. New strategies, new programs, creative staffing and the like to take Kingdom territory and give the gospel deeper roots in our context. We’ve been trained to think in ways that minimize the value of people. A leadership trend, for quite some time, has been to give our energies to the “vision” or the “organization.” Unfortunately,...Read More
Author: Andrew Beal
I have always had trouble with prayer. When I prioritize prayer in the first parts of my day, the hours that follow tend to be more focused, peaceful, and meaningful. When I don’t give prayer the attention it deserves, then my day can feel hurried, aimless, and a draining kind of self-centered. Even though I noticed this pattern years ago, there are many days when I will put prayer off until it’s time to go to bed, where I inevitably tell myself I will do it first thing in the morning. One hurdle to this is my personality type....Read More
How much do you hate conflict? Many of us tend to avoid conflict like the plague. We don’t want to be made uncomfortable, we are afraid to be in the wrong, and we want our relationships to go undamaged. It makes sense. We aren’t built to like conflict. But conflict happens whether we want it to or not. After reading Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People years ago, I have been someone who is quick to address even a hint of conflict. When I do find myself in conflict, my tendency is always to pursue what...Read More
Humility is something that almost always sneaks up on you. Last week I attended the Global Leadership Summit (GLS) put on by the Willow Creek Association for the 5th time. This is an event I look forward to every year and I advocate for all leaders to go. It is extremely valuable and each year I walk away a better leader because of the wisdom of the respected speakers. This year was no different. Andy Stanley got my wheels turning in pursuing the “uniquely better.” Juliet Funt reminded me of the drawbacks of going too hard in the areas...Read More
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