One of my great joys in ministry is overseeing the 12Stone Residency Program, training up the next generation of church leaders. Whitney Steele, a resident who serves in our Worship Ministry, will be sharing her leadership wisdom on the blog today on the Discipline of Commitment.
Author / Miles Welch
David gives us great spiritual leadership insight in Psalm 10:4 when He writes, “In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God.” As spiritual leaders, we need to examine our thought-life, pursue humility and make ample room for God.
Leadership inevitably involves wrestling with insecurity. Click To Tweet Lack of clarity, team conflict, uncertainty, past failures and many other factors can undermine leadership confidence. Here is the problem: insecurity erodes our ability to be strong Kingdom leaders. Insecure leaders use people instead of serve them, obsess over the wrong things and allow fear to undermine progress.
In 1 Timothy 1:12, Paul writes, “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he has considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service.” During moments or seasons of insecurity, these three phrases of scripture can instill fresh leadership confidence.
I have served as the architect and leader of our residency program at 12Stone Church for the last 12 years. When I started, there were not many other churches doing anything similar, but now residencies are becoming more common. To clarify, I mean church-based programs that help the next generation of young pastors develop leadership skills through on the job experience, coaching and leadership training. The purpose of this post is to encourage more church leaders to consider starting residencies.
Spiritual leaders often fail to establish healthy boundaries. Most leaders can’t distinguish between “pouring themselves out” for others and lacking boundaries, but it is important that we appreciate the nuance. When we have healthy boundaries, we can “pour ourselves out” for the long haul. As you read the list below, ask God to give you discernment on how to establish healthy boundaries in your life and ministry.
As spiritual leaders, we need to maintain depth in our relationship with God. During my ministry, I have found a few tools that help inspire me spiritually and reset my hunger for God.
This list from Tozer is a go-to for me when I begin to sense drift in my spiritual intensity. I hope it serves you well too. Remember, as leaders, our people will never hunger for God more than we do.
Years ago, God asked me to say four short prayers as often as I thought of them: ‘open my eyes,’ ‘enlarge my heart,’ ‘use me’ and ‘rescue me.’ I have prayed them literally thousands of times as I go through my day, while sitting in planning meetings, counseling leaders or congregants, and even while teaching. Though short and simple, God has used each of the four prayers to help guide and grow me as a leader. In this series of posts, I’m writing in depth about each prayer. I encourage you to pick up God’s challenge to me by committing to pray each new prayer as often as you think of it. Today we will dig into the fourth: rescue me.