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3 Old-Fashioned Practices Every Modern Church Leader Should Adopt

Success as a leader is due to a combination of factors. Luck and chance as King Solomon said, happen to us all. But somewhere in the mix are a few consistent traits every successful leader shares. Here are 3 leadership practices that are slowly going out of fashion that are demonstrated in the Bible: 1. The Apprentice Model Moses trained Joshua. Elijah groomed Elisha. Jesus kept Peter, James, and John closer than the rest. Your first…

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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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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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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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  • 1 John 3:11 February 16, 2020
    “[More on Love and Hatred] For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.”
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