Miles Welch Developing Next Generation Leaders

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Young leaders are dependent on experienced leaders to create an environment where they can thrive and grow. This post is designed to help you think through three gifts you can give to the young leaders in your church.

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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. Mack Suits, a resident who serves in our Spiritual formation department, will be sharing his leadership wisdom on the blog today. 

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E.M. Bounds wrote a powerful call to spiritual leaders to pray, which I share below  with a few comments. You can learn more about E.M. Bounds here

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Church leadership is hard work; there is a daily grind to partnering with God to build His church. While God does the heavy lifting, we are still responsible for the energy we put into our ministry . Most of the time we have the discipline to keep solving problems, helping people and making progress even when we want to quit. But sometimes, out of a desire to avoid unappealing tasks, we fill our schedule with things that we prefer or enjoy. As church leaders, this temptation is especially strong; we have a long list of good things that we can do to avoid the hard work we should do.

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I recently had the privilege of writing a guest post for Dan Reiland. I believe that the unique readership of this blog could also benefit from that content, so I’m re-posting it below. Enjoy!
As Pastor of Leadership Expansion at 12Stone Church, I have many opportunities to help young pastors upgrade their communication craft and have noticed that many young communicators make similar mistakes. However, there are also 3 guidelines to help avoid these mistakes many make in their Sunday sermons:

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Ministry can be discouraging work. Things break down or don’t go as planned. People fail us. We fail them.  Some of the discord and discouragement is self-inflicted. Much of it comes from people who are hurt, angry, controlling or discontent. But the ultimate source of much of this, and one we often forget or diminish, is the enemy.

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As church leaders, we can’t afford to minimize the importance of strategic recruiting, both for volunteer and staff positions. Getting the right people, with the right disposition, connected to your ministry and vision is very often the difference between achieving God’s agenda and missing the mark.

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Emotional health is critical for church leaders. These ten ideas have been a lifeline to me during my ministry, and have helped me create an internal thought-life that honors God and the people I serve.

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This is the last in a series of posts entitled “Leading Under Pressure;” read part 1 here, part 2 here and part 3 here. To recap the previous posts:

  1. Pressure is an inescapable reality of pastoral ministry.  (Part 1)
  2. There are only two ways of resolving ministry pressure: Decrease responsibility or increase resilience. (Part 1)
  3. Learn to differentiate between pressure and stress. (Part 2)
  4. Learn to separate pressure from stress in your leadership. (Part 2)
  5. Grow in resilience by overcoming self inflicted stress. (Part 3)

The last three posts, while valuable, really serve to introduce the most important part of this material: what I refer to as ‘anchors.’ Read More

This is the third in a series of posts entitled “Leading Under Pressure;” read Part 1 here, and Part 2 here

To recap the previous posts:

  1. Pressure is an inescapable reality of pastoral ministry.
  2. There are only two ways of resolving ministry pressure: Decrease responsibility or increase resilience.
  3. Learn to differentiate between pressure and stress
  4. Learn to separate pressure from stress in your leadership

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