Miles Welch Developing Next Generation Leaders

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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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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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On the last post we talked about 10 choices you DO get to make today. Here is the other side of it because there are some things we do not get to choose. What do you do with the things you do NOT get to choose? Let them go and get back to the first list. 

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 It is easy to feel like life is happening to us, as though our lives are determined by circumstances outside our control. But here are ten choices you get to make today regardless of who you are, what you did yesterday or what you plan to do tomorrow. Choose wisely.

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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. Nathan Benefield, a resident who serves in our Student Ministry department, will be sharing his leadership wisdom on the blog today.

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In Proverbs 24:3-4 Solomon writes, “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” I believe  this is a road map to “get wisdom”.  In order to walk in wisdom, we must first acquire knowledge and then deepen that knowledge with understanding.

The first step on the journey to wisdom is acquiring knowledge. Knowledge is simply facts the and information.  As I suggested in the last post, we are not born with the information we need to live a wise life – we have to be intentional learners.

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I believe we cannot pursue wisdom without an initial grasp of our own foolishness, because we will not take the necessary steps to become wise until we see our need for it. Wise leaders are rare, because most of us  will choose not to address our foolishness. 

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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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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.

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