Archives for tag: Leadership

What Does it Mean to be a World Christian?

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I don’t read very many books more than once. One book that I’ve read several times in the past few years is Don Carson’s The Cross and Christian Ministry: Leadership Lessons from 1 Corinthians, 2nd ed. (Baker, 2004). I recently had cause to read Carson’s fine book once again, this … Read More »

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Balanced Ministry Preparation

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As a professor who spends a great deal of time with young people — and with others who spend time with young people — I get a lot of questions about life, God’s call, and preparation for the future. One of the more common questions comes from those who feel … Read More »

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Pastorally Speaking: Johnny Hunt on Distinguishing between Good and Best

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Editor’s Note: This blogpost by Johnny Hunt kicks off a new BtT series entitled “Pastorally Speaking.” In this series, SBC pastors will “think aloud” about matters related to pastoral leadership and church life. The posts will be brief, no more than a few paragraphs, and written for those of our … Read More »

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Q&A 8: Why Are So Many Men So Immature?

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10.4.2011 Question: What do you think stands as the main contributing factor in why many men today seem to be less mature than the generations of old? What do you feel are the spiritual applications? Reply: (by Danny Akin and Alvin Reid): This is an excellent question and one that … Read More »

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Christian Leadership Essentials: A Recommendation

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Of the writing of leadership books there is no end. Fortunately, some of them are quite useful for pastors and other Christian leaders, especially when they are uniquely focused on ministry-related leadership. One particularly helpful example is Christian Leadership Essentials: A Handbook for Managing Christian Organizations (B&H Academic), edited by … Read More »

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Spurgeon on Leadership (13): Six Lessons on Leadership for a World in Crisis

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1. A nation looks to its leaders for guidance and direction in times of national crisis. At the young age of twenty-three, Spurgeon was requested to lead a special prayer service for the country in a time of trouble in India. 2. A Christian leader to whom people look for … Read More »

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Spurgeon on Leadership (12): Seven Lessons on Suffering

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1. Leadership always comes with a cost. That cost often takes a toll on the personal well-being of a leader from within. Spurgeon suffered greatly throughout his ministry, especially from rheumatic gout, which led to severe depression and other complications. 2. Depression can afflict even the greatest leader. Abraham Lincoln, … Read More »

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Spurgeon on Leadership (11): Seven Lessons on Criticism and Conflict

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1. Controversy is unavoidable for the person who seeks to be faithful to the Lord’s calling. Spurgeon wrote, “Controversy is never a very happy element for the child of God. . . . But the soldier of Christ knows no choice in his Master’s commands…” Jesus counseled His disciples that … Read More »

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Spurgeon on Leadership (10): Nine Lessons on Compassion

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1. Effective leaders balance “strong convictions” with a loving spirit. Although he was tough in personal discipline, Spurgeon was sensitive when it came to his pastoral role with people. He wrote, “With all his maturity and firmness, the spiritual father is full of tenderness, and mani­fests an intense love for … Read More »

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Spurgeon on Leadership (9): Nine Lessons on Creativity

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1. A creative God calls creative leaders to exercise creativity in their work for His kingdom. Spurgeon believed fully in infinite possibili­ties and used all of his creative energies to communicate the gospel. 2. The message of the gospel does not change, but the manner of its presentation may be … Read More »

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