Miles Welch Developing Next Generation Leaders

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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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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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