Leading Organizations

Jethro and Moses

Jethro’s Leadership Legacy

We find one of the greatest examples in history of equipping leadership in the book of Exodus. You may be familiar with the story as an example of delegation, but it is much more than that. It is a great example of equipping people for ministry. Moses had been serving as judge for the entire nation of the ancient Hebrews, personally handling every case brought before him. When Jethro, his father-in-law, saw what was going…

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Called to Equip

This post considers leadership in the Christian church. While the “professional” ministry is a blessing, it can also be counterproductive to the purposes the church espouses. It becomes counterproductive when church members begin to see the professional clergy as those responsible for “doing ministry” and everyone else is to give support in body and finances. The New Testament makes it clear that this was not the way Christ intended church leadership to operate. We find…

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Cultivating Ministry Capacity

Indirect leadership is more suited for this generation than the old models of command-and-control. Here are recommendations for using indirect influence to cultivate a church that expands the ministry capacity of its members. 1. Develop a Culture of Growth. Turn your church into a center for capacity expansion. Inspire people to improve themselves. Don’t focus on where you are today; focus on what you will be. Jesus knew of the many flaws in the character…

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To Trust or Not to Trust

Jesus said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me” (John 14:1). There is an epidemic of mistrust in our nation. Need I list the evidence of this? I don’t think so. Just look around; nobody trusts anyone today. If this trend is not somehow reversed, it could mark the demise of our culture. Trust is foundational to all human interaction. Without it, we can accomplish nothing. There is…

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Trust the Process

Trust is another aspect of indirect leadership. For Christians, it begins with personal trust in God, but also includes trust in the natural forces God has placed in the universe. Our senses may tell us not to trust what cannot be seen. But trusting our position or personal power to get things done is even more precarious and ineffective. When we don’t trust these natural forces, we try to “help” people get things done. Helping…

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  • Psalm 25:14-15 October 17, 2021
    “The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them. My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare.”
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