Spiritual Growth and Maturity Survey

As a part of my Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University I am to conduct a qualitative research project. I wrote about the master’s program in yesterday’s post. Read it HERE. I decided to survey the spiritual health of our church by asking a cross-section of people questions about their own spiritual maturity and growth. […] Continue Reading…

Master’s In Organizational Leadership (WHY?)

I have been asked consistently for the past year why I would subject myself to the discipline of obtaining a second master’s degree. I have a seminary master’s in counseling, but last year I began work on a master’s in organizational leadership from Eastern University in Philadelphia. I should finish this degree in early 2010. […] Continue Reading…

Warning Markers – Danger!

I think Paul is saying to the Corinthians, “You see the immoral culture around you. You don’t have to participate. You can’t choose to be different. You have the ability to flee temptation.” I believe we can love the people of the culture without falling into the sins of the day. It’s a challenge, one that I struggle with daily, but one that is made possible by Christ’s power working in us. […] Continue Reading…

Accommodating Versus Ignoring Criticism

As a leader, I have learned that there are times with the criticism is dead-on and something I need to hear and other times when I need to dismiss it and continue in the direction I feel God has led me to go. Knowing when to accommodate the critic and when to ignore the criticism is a careful balance leaders face often. […] Continue Reading…

Avoiding Change For Change’s Sake

Personality aside, however, the truth is that not everything needs to be tweaked. Some things are probably working okay, achieving great success, and are best left alone for the time being. Change for the sake of change sake is not always good. When Momma said “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” and the other cliché about “the grass is always greener”, she was speaking from some life experience. […] Continue Reading…

Why Was David “A Man After God’s Own Heart”?

An often-confusing term concerning the Biblical character of David is the term “man after God’s own heart”. Have you ever wondered what that really means? What does that kind of heart even look like? This morning I read a verse from the writings of David that I believe perhaps best captures the meaning behind this phrase. […] Continue Reading…

Great Leaders Lead Well First In The Home

I have known so many people who claim to be leaders and are hailed as great leaders in their profession or organization, but who have family lives that are a mess. Sadly this is true in many churches also, which is where most of my leadership focus is aimed. Again, it is a matter of opinion, but I have a harder time celebrating a person as a great leader if they have no ability to lead in their private life. At our church, when we are hiring a staff person, we always consider the person’s spouse and children in the equation. It is not only Biblical, but it is also practical. […] Continue Reading…