indirect leadership

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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Under the Light of Constant Scrutiny

Authority is not as effective as it used to be. We are living in an age when people don’t accept things because an authority said so. In today’s world, nobody escapes the scrutiny of cross-examination. Whether you are the pastor of a small church in rural America or CEO of a multinational corporation, we all get challenged. We live in a world of continual questioning. Students question the expertise of their professors. Church members question…

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Roots of Indirect Leadership

Did this ever happen to you? You see a problem that needs fixing, so you attack the issue head-on, thinking you will solve it quickly but the problem only gets worse. You try harder but, instead of making progress, those who are against the idea increase in number, feelings become tense, and the change more distant. So you give the problem everything you’ve got by confronting the instigators of resistance and making sweeping policy changes.…

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Stop Being a People Fixer

Brayden has been working for months on putting together a convention with a limited budget and limited personnel.  He has worked an average of 90 hours a week planning, organizing, coordinating, and preparing. The convention is for training of and cooperation between the faculties of independently-owned charter schools. This will be the first time Brayden’s school has ever hosted this event. One morning he gets an email from the convention president asking him if he has…

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  • Joel 2:23 September 20, 2019
    “Be glad, people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains because he is faithful. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.”
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