Miles Welch Developing Next Generation Leaders

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I want to begin the new year by reflecting on what it means to lead like Jesus. I invite you to consider what we can learn about leadership specifically from His death, burial and resurrection. This is the fourth and final post in a series; you can read the first post here.

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I want to begin the new year by reflecting on what it means to lead like Jesus. I invite you to consider what we can learn about leadership specifically from His death, burial and resurrection. This is the third post in a series; you can read the first post here.

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I want to begin the new year by reflecting on what it means to lead like Jesus. I invite you to consider what we can learn about leadership specifically from His death, burial and resurrection. This is the second post in a series;  you can read the first post here.

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We have all heard stories of pastors stealing money from the offering plate. While these extreme examples are jaw-dropping, it is my experience that pastors abuse church funds all the time in more subtle ways.

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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.


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One of my great joys in ministry is overseeing the 12Stone Residency Program, training up the next generation of church leaders. Kyle Eichelberger,  a resident who serves in our Student Ministry, will be sharing his leadership wisdom on the blog today.

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Let’s talk about loyalty. Loyalty is firm and constant support of an organization, person or cause. Disloyalty is the absence of loyalty. There is no middle ground. Loyalty survives the highs and lows that are natural for every person and organization. Disloyalty rides the highs, but bails in a low. Loyalty chases opportunities for the organization. Disloyalty chases selfish opportunities, even at the expense of the organization.

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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. 

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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. 

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I wanted to share Wesley’s ’12 Rules for Preachers’ because I find them valuable for a couple reasons. First, they provoke thought. I don’t entirely agree with all of them fully, but they make me think. Second, they provoke self-reflection. When I read the rules, I become more aware of my own lifestyle. I’m praying they serve you to process your own life in ministry.

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