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Lessons on Transformational Leadership from Jesus

Kenneth Blanchard, the renowned management expert who wrote, “The One Minute Manager,” and who developed the Situational Leadership model, once said, “The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority.” Jesus was the greatest leader of all time and the world feels his influence today just as much or more than when he walked this earth nearly 2,000 years ago. We can learn a lot from Jesus. I have been a student of both Jesus…

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A Clear Mandate Empowers

One of the most important functions of an equipping church leadership is to clarify how their members can transform their vocations into ministry. We cannot assume that the believer will make this connection. We must therefore get away from the practice of focusing all our preaching on the first steps of the Christian life. The author of the epistle to the Hebrews addresses this issue in Hebrews 6:1-3. Therefore let us go on toward perfection,…

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A Clear Mandate

Cold, wet, shivering, and groping, we stumbled down the path into the blackness below. The rain had started early that day and it seemed to penetrate to the bone. One foot shuffling in front of the other was all the determination I could muster. Gravity was the main force moving me forward. Our climb to the cross was a success, but now we were lost. An 85-foot rusty iron cross overlooks the city of San…

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The Multi-Dimensionality of Equipping

Jesus said the greatest commandment is to ”love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind” (Luke 10:27). I quote this because it shows the multi-dimensionality of ministry: heart, soul, strength, and mind. Too often in the church, we have only focused on the mind (or, if you are from a more Pentecostal-leaning group, the heart). But leading a ministry…

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Collaborating with God

When Paul wrote that church leaders were to “equip the saints for the work of ministry” (Eph 4:12), he used the word KATARTISMOS. This word had a wide range of nuances, including: to complete, furnish, mend, repair, fit out, prepare, strengthen, and perfect.* Church leaders are to help God’s people complete or fulfill their priestly function (1 Peter 2:9). They are to furnish them with the tools necessary to carry out that ministry. Sometimes, they…

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  • Colossians 3:15 November 22, 2019
    “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
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