Every church has people who are entrusted with leadership at some level. Some of these people are team leaders, committee chairpersons, head deacon, ministry directors, lead a council or serve on the ministerial staff. Regardless of the leadership position you have been given, you must lead in the six following areas if you want your team to be effective. Continue reading
Did you know you were made by God with a purpose in mind? You were created for a unique ministry. You were designed and put together in such a way that you would be the perfect person to minister and bless in that situation, at that time, and in that place. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” You are God’s workmanship. He created you with a unique personality, a giftedness, and a passion to serve Him in special ways that only you can do.
But how can you know what you have been designed and created to do? God’s Word gives you the direction you need. To help you identify your uniqueness in ministry, it is helpful to use the D.E.S.I.G.N. approach in identifying the different ingredients that, when combined, provide you with information regarding God’s purpose for your life and ministry. Continue reading
The Bible teaches that there are five stages of spiritual growth and everyone is at one of the stages. Knowing the stages can help you grow personally, help others develop in their maturity, and assist churches in creating a strategic plan for discipleship. Below is a brief description of each stage. Continue reading
When it comes to teaching, preparing, and motivating church leaders I like to use the following principles to guide me: envisioning, enlisting, equipping, encouraging, evaluating, and envisioning (revised). Continue reading
I believe a healthy church begins with a clear understanding of its mission. Jesus said, “Go and make disicples.” This means they have an outward focus. They are willing to sacrifice, change, and adapt (not compromise) to their culture to reach people for Christ and help them grow spiritually. When I evaluate a church’s health I like to look at ten things (these are not in any particular order): Continue reading