As we continue to reflect on the kind of leaders in general, and elders in particular, we want at Creekstone, we would be remiss to overlook this primary qualification: weakness. From Spurgeon's "Morning and Evening," November 4. 2 Corinthians 12:9, "For my strength is made perfect in weakness." A primary qualification for serving God with … Continue reading An Unexpected, but Primary Qualification for Leadership
As Creekstone prepares to nominate new elder candidates in November, this special message challenges disciples of Jesus to consider their next step in the process of becoming a leader.
Sally Smith, CEO of the popular Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant chain, was asked, "What are some things you've learned about leading people?" I'm always seeking feedback. My leadership team does a performance review on me each year for the board. It's anonymous. They can talk about my management style or things I need to work … Continue reading Feedback Improves Leadership
This is part 7 in our series, The Shaping of a Leader.
This is part 6 in our series, The Shaping of a Leader. On one hand, the fact that actions have consequences is very bad news. But on the other hand, it is the best news we could ever hear. Find out more by listening here.
This is message #5 in our series, The Shaping of a Leader.
This is message #3 in our series, The Shaping of a Leader. If your plate is too full and you are feeling the pressure, this message is for you.
This is message #2 in our The Shaping of a Leader sermon series. Are you feeling spread thin, ruled by a to-do list and lacking focus? This message will help!
This is the Creekstone message for Aug. 23, 2015, message #1 in our series, The Shaping of a Leader: Essential Lessons from the Life of Moses. What we discover is that leadership is, in its essence, not about being in charge and telling others what to do, but actually is about going first and setting an example … Continue reading “Resisting the Call” • Exodus 3-4 (sermon)
Dan Allender, in his book, Leading with a Limp, asks a question, “Is living out the gospel in this world meant to be marked by an inverted, paradoxical, mysterious twist on what most people expect of a leader?” He answers with a resounding “yes,” saying that the paradox of biblical leadership is that the chief leader must be … Continue reading Paradoxical Leadership
God chooses and uses the weak things of this world to accomplish supernatural results in ministry. I think we need to emphasize “supernatural,” because there can also be “worldly” results in the church. Numbers. Programs. Energy. Fame. And so we look for leaders like Saul. Big. Impressive. Powerful. But God’s model for a leader would … Continue reading Unschooled, Ordinary Men
This is a special message on leadership delivered for Creekstone on Sunday, March 29, 2015.
When Paul described the church as a body, he did not distinguish between the paid staff and the volunteer team. Yes, some folks are called to vocational ministry as "staff." However, their role is not to do the ministry. Rather, Paul says in Ephesians 4 that the purpose of those in formal leadership positions are … Continue reading Nobody is Merely a Volunteer
I'm re-reading through Dan Allender's book, Leading with a Limp, and wanted to share some helpful info concerning laziness, busyness and calling. "A lazy person does little nothing while a busy person does almost everything, but the similarity is that both refuse to be intentional. Busyness is the moral equivalent of laziness." p. 128 "The … Continue reading Disappointing Many to Please One
Years ago during a Chick-Fil-A board meeting, the discussion was about what to do about Boston Chicken (later Boston Market), which had developed an aggressive strategy to become the first ever billion-dollar-in-sales chicken restaurant by the year 2000. The board members were talking about how they, too, needed to get bigger in order to compete. … Continue reading Focus on Better, Not Bigger
Yesterday after the morning service, we had our quarterly Leadership Collaborative for those serving in lead roles on Ministry Teams, K-Groups, and other areas of ministry. In addition to generating some great ideas for future ministry, we discussed twelve characteristics that we value in those who lead at Creekstone. Here is a brief survey: 1. … Continue reading Twelve Leadership Values
Hello Creekstone friends, As you know, Creekstone has been blessed to have uniquely gifted folks lead our worship and tech ministry. As you may also know, our Tech Coordinator, Tom Keel, will be moving down 400 later this month so that he and Rachel can be closer to his primary job with Campus Outreach, which … Continue reading Leadership Transition Announcement for Music and Technology
Ramez Attalah, general director at The Bible Society of Egypt, attended an international conference (the Lausanne Conference) for Christian leaders in 1974. This is his reflection on what struck him as Jesus-style leadership: It was a long flight back to Canada, and I had many papers to go through. I had taken a lot of … Continue reading Leadership, Jesus-Style
Wise words from Paul Tripp from a recent blog post at the Gospel Coalition. His audience is vocational ministry leaders, but consider how this applies to marriage, parenting and friendship. I think if I took this to heart, my relationships would benefit all across the board. There is no doubt about it: too many of … Continue reading Relationships Are Like Gardens
via youtube.com This video shows Tim Tebow mic'd during his recent game vs. the Chicago Bears. Pretty good model of sportsmanship and leadership for those of us who are raising up boys. A rare combination of both humility and toughness. His words to a receiver who drops a touchdown pass are priceless.
I will be spending the next two days (today and tomorrow, Dec. 14/15) on a prayer and planning retreat as I look toward leading Creekstone into 2012. Pray for me if you think about it—not only that I would be given a clear vision for the ministry and receive wisdom for leadership, but also (and … Continue reading Prayer and Planning Retreat
Perimeter Church distinguishes between three kinds of items on the agenda for a Pastoral/Elder Team meeting. I recently "re-discovered" these and found the break-down helpful. 1. Items that are FYI 2. Items that need input/discussion 3. Items that require a decision (ideally, items should have been previously discussed with all members of the team, with … Continue reading Distinguishing the Items on the Agenda for a Pastoral/Elder Team Meeting
Before my family moved to Dahlonega, GA, to plant a church, a friend of mine told me not to plant a church. He wasn't saying for me not to move to Dahlonega or that he didn't want a new church established there. He simply said, "Go live the gospel (teach it and preach it as … Continue reading Should We Stop Planting Churches?
"The person who looks for quick results in the seed planting business... will be disappointed." These are the wise words of a seasoned pastor, Eugene Peterson, in his book, Traveling Light. This applies to church planting, parenting, friendships, and new endeavors of any kind. The truth is that we live in a "just add water" … Continue reading The Seed Planting Business
Mark Driscoll has produced a number of vodcasts dealing with various issues in church leadership. One segment describes the different phases church plants go through as they grow. According to Driscoll, in order for the planter to be effective in leading the church through these transitions, he needs to know which game he is playing: … Continue reading Church Growing Pains: Know Which Game You are Playing