Keep Learning to Lead: Five Practical Lessons by Gavin Ortlund
Gavin shares five constructive lessons he’s learned being a leader and they are an excellent read!
Dan Allender puts it well: “If you’re a leader, you’re in the battle of your life.”
Anyone who has navigated the turbulent waters of leadership probably knows what he means. The challenges and complexities are enormous. Making tough decisions, weathering criticism, helping others re-envision the future, taking risks, speaking consistently with tact and wisdom, gathering broad-based support, working shrewdly with different personalities — it can often feel like steering the boat while whitewater rafting.
The Proverbs 31 Woman Is Not Who I Thought She Was by Selena Frederick
The passage of Proverbs 31 is an incredible overview of an ideal godly woman, but it can feel like an unattainable standard. Selena beautifully shares a different perspective on these famous verses:
Whenever I read Proverbs 31:10-31 it can be pretty demoralizing. I feel the weight of striving to be the “godly wife” described in it and honestly, it sounds impossible. Looking at the craziness of this season of our lives with lovely little babes, I’m not always sure how to connect the dots between my day to day messiness and the Godly wife described here. Take for example, verses 11-12, “The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will have no lack of gain. She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.” Pretty sure my sassy-sour response to my husband this morning doesn’t qualify as doing him “good.” Honestly, I think I’ve simply been reading this chapter wrong my entire life. When has the gospel ever been something we strive for? As I go back and reread all of these verses my heart is lifted and the weight is shifted. These words were never meant for us to live up to, but rather, they are the fruit produced from the gospel at work in a woman’s heart.
Being a leader, especially a ministry leader, can be very emotionally draining. Carey shares 5 common mood swings that you might be able to relate to.
But sometimes if you get into the head of most leaders, it can feel a little strange and moody. This post is about the daily ups and downs and mood swings we all go through as leaders, and in particular, ministry leaders.
On Ends and Means by Sharon Hodde Miller
This beautifully-written post by Sharon explores the topic that we must be faithful in our faith journey every step of the way.
Friends, if we are going to be faithful, then the means must be just as important as the ends. We must hold onto the fullness of Scripture, and the fullness of Jesus’ life and death, if we are going to be fully faithful to God. I’ve heard it said that there are beliefs we hold in an open hand, and beliefs we hold in a closed hand. When it comes to God’s two primary revelations of Himself–Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and the inspired Word of God–these we hold tight.
3 Reasons Why Ministry Leaders Choose to be Isolated by Eric Geiger
If you’re in ministry or leadership, isolation is an easy temptation and Eric shares some of the reasons why.
It is not uncommon for ministry leaders to preach on community while living in isolation. While we can preach on community for everyone else, ministry leaders are often tempted to live in isolation. Why do ministry leaders often choose isolation? What pulls them away from community and away from being vulnerable with others? While there are a plethora of reasons, here are three painful reasons ministry leaders often choose isolation over community.
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