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.
Category / Next Gen Leaders
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.
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.
This is the fourth post in a series on self-leadership. Self-leadership is a proactive process, where leaders first seek self-understanding and then use it to intentionally direct their lives. So far, we have talked about the proactive nature of self-leadership and what it means to seek self-understanding. In this post, we will explore how to intentionally direct our lives.
This is the third in a series of blog posts about self-leadership. In the first post, I defined self-leadership as “a proactive process where leaders first seek self-understanding, and then use it to intentionally direct their lives. The second examines how to be proactive in self-leadership, and here we’ll explore the importance and purpose of self-understanding.
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: