Miles Welch Developing Next Generation Leaders

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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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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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