Reflections on Leadership: Stay True To The Calling

Reflections on Leadership: Stay True To The Calling
Recently I had the great pleasure of speaking at two leadership conferences that got me to thinking about my own leadership as a calling.  As many of you know, I have been writing on the topic of women's leadership since my first book, Leading Ladies, was published in 2000. My most recent book, Influence Starts with "I" focuses on developing the skill (or art) of influence --the power to effect change in people teams or organizations for the good of...

GUEST POST: Crying Out

GUEST POST: Crying Out
By Guest Blogger: Vernee’ Washington The wilderness is a desolate and deserted place, a place of lack, scarcity, and silence. When you hear the word wilderness in reference to the word of God, what do you think about? There are two instances that typically come to mind - the children of Israel and their 40 years of wandering in the wilderness and the leading of Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. But I submit to you that there is

Strengthened by Love: Seven Themes on Spiritual Leadership from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Strengthened by Love: Seven Themes on Spiritual Leadership from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today we pause to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Though known as a civil rights leader, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, in recently reading his book of sermons, "The Strength to Love,” I was keenly reminded through his passionate words, colorful metaphors and spiritual themes, that Dr. King was first and foremost, a man of God -- preacher and pastor. In a day and time, when so many preachers are clamoring to make "their minist...

Serving With A Leader’s Mindset

Serving With A Leader’s Mindset
A couple of weeks ago,a woman who works with the youth in her church told me that she bought my book, "Building A Church Full of Leaders" for her pastor. She started reading it, but in the back of her mind wondered, "Should I be reading this? I'm not a pastor." She thought this book was just for pastors but decided to “sneak” and read it for herself. She finished the book and gained a number of ideas to strengthen the ministry in which she serves.  As she ...

You Should Be Leading Somewhere!

You Should Be Leading Somewhere!
A few years ago, I was conducting a leadership-training program at a local church. The pastor of this church was steadfastly committed to developing the men and women of the congregation for leading in and outside the church. This group of Christ followers was committed to transformation--of the people who called that place their church home, as well as, of the surrounding community. Clearly this church, like other churches, needed committed people to lead

5 Reasons to Build a Church Full of Leaders

The work is too great for you to do alone—you need an infrastructure of leadership support to minister more effectively. Without adequate leadership support, you become a bottleneck to your church’s success. God has called gifted people to your congregation—if you don’t provide a means for these gifts to be used, someone else will. There is a great deal of potential in your church--it’s a shame to waste such potential. Deve...

Lead by Faith

Lead by Faith
So how does a Pastor get started with building a church full of leaders? She does so by faith. How does a Pastor break away from the tradition of the solitary leader? He does so by trusting God for the grace to bring the vision of greater church leadership capacity to life. A few years ago, I embarked upon a leadership development program for a Pastor I’ll call James. Pastor James really believed in his heart that the key to his ministry going to the ...

Weather the Storm!

Weather the Storm!
QUESTION: How can I empower a group that has had so many setbacks!?  As a new pastor, I am trying to encourage key leaders and members to be positive during difficulty, but it is much tougher than I anticipated. How can I create positive energy within the congregation and how can I communicate positive lessons in leadership when the established leadership is so negative and "set in their ways," so to speak? What pointers do you have for me? MY ANSWER:...

THE FAITH TO LEAD

THE FAITH TO LEAD
Leadership is an act of faith. Leaders envision a future that is not yet visible to others. Leaders believe in their God-given dreams while others see nightmares. Leaders launch out into unpaved territory, leaving a path for others to follow. Leaders speak up for causes, not always certain of the consequences, but fueled by the fire of their conviction. Leaders dare to move others forward, often into the unknown, when the status quo would prefer to sta...