One of my great joys in ministry is overseeing the 12Stone Residency Program, training up the next generation of church leaders. Kierstin Haddock, a resident who serves in our Student Ministry, will be sharing her leadership wisdom on the blog today.
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As spiritual leaders, we need to maintain depth in our relationship with God. During my ministry, I have found a few tools that help inspire me spiritually and reset my hunger for God.
This list from Tozer is a go-to for me when I begin to sense drift in my spiritual intensity. I hope it serves you well too. Remember, as leaders, our people will never hunger for God more than we do.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“This is a football.” With these words Vince Lombardi started the 1961 training camp of the Green Bay Packers. He built a tradition at starting at the beginning, teaching the fundamentals and taking nothing for granted.
I am following his lead in this blog. I think it might be useful to start at the beginning and go over the fundamentals of spiritual leadership.