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Two Leadership Pitfalls to Avoid

Like many things in life, leadership styles tend to default toward extremes. Just as a person needs to balance things like hard work and rest, seriousness and levity, intellect and emotion, so leaders need to guard their leadership from falling into equal but opposite dangers. The Timid Leader Some leaders are simply too timid. Part […]

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What Does the Bible Say About Women Pastors?

Does the Bible forbid women pastors? Christians are divided on this issue, and to be upfront, it is a secondary issue and not one of primary importance (like the existence of heaven and hell, Jesus as the only Saviour etc.). Still, the Bible does address this topic, and in our effort to be faithful to […]

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Ministry and Leadership the Jesus Way

In my own effort to follow in the footsteps of Jesus as ministry leader, I spent some time studying Luke (and Acts) to find some of the key principles that made Jesus the most effective leader in the history of the world. Though I am sure that others can be added to this list, here […]

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The Battle Against Compassion Fatigue

Compassion fatigue, according to Wikipedia, was first recognized as a medical condition in the 1950’s. It is essentially the gradual lessening of compassion a person has towards those in need. It happens most often in people who are professional caregivers in some sense: doctors, nurses, first responders, counsellors, and even ministry leaders. The way compassion […]

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Who Are You When No One is Looking?

In one of my favourite books on Christian leadership,¬†Leaders Who Last,¬†author Dave Kraft says that godly, effective leadership requires three things: calling, character and competence. Assuming that you are an individual called to leadership in some form (I have in mind right now volunteer youth leaders), the latter two areas always have room for growth. […]

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Top 10 Rules for Small Group Discussion

One of the things we do at our midweek youth meetings is break into small groups after the teaching time for discussion and prayer. Here is a top 10 list I put together for my youth leaders to help them make the most of small group time. The leader must facilitate. All groups have different […]

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