Great Quotes

GREAT QUOTES "Satan is not fighting churches; he is joining them. He does more harm by sowing tares than by pulling up wheat. He accomplishes more by imitation than by outright opposition." ~Vance Havner "The motto of all true servants of God must be, `We preach Christ; and him crucified.´ A sermon without Christ in it is like a loaf of bread without any flour in it. No Christ in your sermon, sir? Then go home, and never preach again Continue Reading

The Bible-Inspired Leader: Personal Development: Commitment

Read: Romans 12:1-2 Effective leadership flows from commitment to the right things. As followers of Christ, the single most important commitment of our lives is to God. Any true (and eternal) success we experience as leaders will flow from that commitment. The apostle Paul urges us on God's behalf to devote ourselves to God. The word "Therefore" (v. 1) points to all the apostle has written in the previous eleven chapters. In light of God's Continue Reading

Bible-Inspired Leader: Personal Development: Priorities

READ Luke 12:16–21 Every leader lives under the influence of the Law of Limited Resources. Time, in particular, is one of those precious commodities. The time invested in any project is taken away from some other place in life. The energy invested in one job won’t be there for another one. No leader will ever lack for things to occupy his or her time and energy. Because that's the case, every leader must answer an important question: "Where Continue Reading

The Bible-Inspired Leader: Skills: Conflict Management

READ Matthew 5:23-24 One thing is certain: as a leader, you'll face relational conflicts. No leadership model exists that will allow you to avoid them. The question isn't "Will I face conflicts?" but "How can I best manage conflicts when they arise?" When Jesus addressed problems, he tackled them head-on. While delivering the Sermon on the Mount (and later in Matthew 18) he dealt with the issue of conflicts brought about either by others Continue Reading

Bible-Inspired Leader: Personal Development: Dependence on God

READ John 11:1–44 No leader can model faith in God until he or she has developed a consistent dependence on God. Once that faith is established, opportunities will arise when others can’t help but see it. For instance, before Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead he prayed, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent Continue Reading

The Bible-Inspired Leader: Personal Development: Dependence on God Week 1

READ Matthew 6:25–34 All people who lead others or carry organizational responsibility find more than enough reasons to worry—deadlines, financial pressures, market insta- bility and other pressures (you fill in your own blanks here) make stomachs churn and account for many a sleepless night. But Jesus cautions us against worrying about anything—even the food we eat or the clothes we wear. In this passage, Jesus gives his disciples (and us) Continue Reading

The Bible-Inspired Leader: Personal Development: Values

READ Psalm 15:1-5 Values are uncompromisable, undebatable truths that drive and direct behavior. They are motivational-they give us reasons why we do things; and they are restrictive-they place boundaries around behavior. Leadership literature is paying increased attention to the importance of consistent values to a leader's effectiveness over the long haul. King David demonstrated value-driven behavior in Psalm 15. Notice that he said the Continue Reading

Bible-Inspired Leader: Relationships – Interpersonal Relationships Week 2

READ  Philemon 1:1-25 Leader/follower relationships are sometimes difficult to handle. Advice on doing so runs the gamut from "familiarity breeds contempt" to "you can't lead people you don't know." In his letter to Phile mon, Paul promotes a strong opinion by modeling an enviable leader-follower relationship with two evidently difficult followers. This little gem of a book makes an important statement about leader-follower relationships. Continue Reading

Bible-Inspired Leaders: Relationships: Interpersonal Relationships Week 1

READ Hosea 2:1-23 According to Cavett Robert, "fifteen percent of the reason [people] get a job, keep that job and move ahead in that job, is determined by [their] technical skill and knowledge-regardless of their profession . . . What about the other 85 percent? Cavett quotes Stanford Research Institute, Harvard University and the Carnegie Foundation as having proved that 85 percent of the reason people get a job, keep that job, Continue Reading

The Bible-Inspired Leader: Skill: Communication Skills Week 2

Proverbs 18:13 For three of the past five days we've been studying the listening aspects of good communication. But how does one go about learning to listen before speaking? No one wakes up in the morning planning how to look like a fool. (Some of us can pull that off nicely without planning at all!) But for those who don't learn how to listen, looking like a fool is almost inevitable. Before leaving this crucial leadership skill, let's Continue Reading