Sharpening your axe

Ecclesiastes 10:10 says, “If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.” Do you find yourself working harder and harder in leadership with little increase in effectiveness? Many ministry leaders around Kentucky work diligently each week to further the gospelContinue reading “Sharpening your axe”

Using your liberty

Recently a group of Kentucky Baptist Pastors and church leaders gathered on the steps of the Capitol in Frankfort to thank God for, and pray for, religious liberty. The group traveled from various parts of the state because they believed their prayers could make a difference. Pastor Steve Hussung from Rich Pond Baptist in BowlingContinue reading “Using your liberty”

Leading with leaders

It has been aptly said that leading leaders is like herding cats. The imagery indicates that each cat has a mind of his or her own and a plan for what they will and will not do. Cats are rarely compliant or cooperative. Trying to lead a group of leaders does have similarities to organizingContinue reading “Leading with leaders”

Those Who Undermine

Over coffee recently, a friend brought up the topic of those who undermine the work of leaders and the churches or organizations they lead. Previously, I had not given much thought to these individuals as a distinct category, though I had certainly met people who seemed to stand in the way of the progress ofContinue reading “Those Who Undermine”

Evangelism just happens

Contrary to popular belief, evangelism doesn’t “just happen” in church life. It requires intentionality, effort, and practice. Many of us have heard the contemporary mindset that says, “Get the church or ministry healthy and evangelism will follow.” In other words, instead of trying to motivate Christians to share the good news, let’s focus instead onContinue reading “Evangelism just happens”

Shaped by suffering

Those who have been in Christian ministry leadership for any length of time have learned an important lesson: pain has a purpose. Pastors and ministry leaders know that God saves us, shapes us, sets us in an assigned ministry, sustains us in the work, and then secures us safely home. We also know that partContinue reading “Shaped by suffering”

It only takes one

Some have heard the maxim that pastors of mid-size churches leave over the opposition of fewer than seven people. In other words, a church of 500 active members could lose their pastor because of a handful of vocal and dissatisfied church members. There is another number that needs to be considered—the number one. Sometimes itContinue reading “It only takes one”

Stay focused

Understanding focus is like understanding the difference between a flashlight and a laser beam. Both are a type of light, but one is much more focused than the other and more impactful. Effective Christian ministry requires focus. Without it we may find ourselves dabbling in a hundred different things but not making much difference inContinue reading “Stay focused”

Hire slow, fire fast

I am by no means an expert on hiring new staff members. I do, however, make hiring decisions and understand the gravity of those choices. Hiring the right person for a position can change the direction of a ministry or an organization. On the other hand, hiring mistakes are both costly and painful. When aContinue reading “Hire slow, fire fast”

God uses pain

Every leader I know has been impacted by painful life experiences. Whether it was the unjustified dismissal from a ministry position, chronic health issues, or a difficult upbringing or home life. No leader, in fact no person, can escape pain in a fallen world. The good news is that pain is not wasted. God usesContinue reading “God uses pain”