Miles Welch Developing Next Generation Leaders

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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.

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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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Leadership inevitably involves wrestling with insecurity. 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.

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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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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.

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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 third: use me.

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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 second: enlarge my heart.

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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. Over the next few posts, I’ll write more 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 first: open my eyes.

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Humility is central to our calling as followers of Christ and leaders in the church – we can never talk about it enough! Here are twelve quick thoughts on the nature of humility and its importance to our spiritual life.

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