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How Should a Christian Define Success?

There is a television commercial that shows a man in his 60’s walking from the first class cabin in an airplane to take a seat next to a younger version of himself who is working away in a coach seat. The older man gives financial advice to himself as a younger person. Then he returns to his first class seat, either because he can now afford it or perhaps he just needs to be closer to the bathroom. This is a bit of intriguing fantasy. What would we say if we could go back in time and give ourselves one piece of advice, if we had just one shot to influence our lives based on our life experience? Here’s my answer. I would tell my younger ...

5 Things to Ask Before Getting a Masters, Doctorate or Ph.D

This is guest post by Daniel Im. Daniel serves as the Director of Church Multiplication for New Churches and LifeWay Christian Resources. He is a Teaching Pastor at The Fellowship, a multi-site church in Nashville. He's the co-author of Planting Missional Churches: Your Guide to Starting Churches that Multiply with Ed Stetzer. Daniel has a M.A. in Global Leadership and have served and pastored in church plants and multisite churches ranging from 100 people to 50,000 people in Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Korea, Edmonton, and Nashville. You can connect with him at www.danielim.com and/or Twitter. Education and degrees tend to open new doors and ...

What Dying to Self Taught Me About Leadership

This is a guest post by Elisa Watson. Elisa is a mother to four smart, funny, kind and amazingly chill boys, and she is the other half to Showit CEO and Owner Todd Watson. She loves good storytelling of all sorts, from books to blogs to television to movies to music, and writing is her favorite way to process all that is hard and wonderful and absurd in life. Learn more at showit.co and elisajoyful.com My husband has asked me to wear less makeup, maybe even none. I don't wear a lot, but my life is very full and I sleep very little and I'm very tired, and I wear makeup mainly to hide the weariness that is usually evident on my face. He thinks I've ...

Purpose Driven Burnout: A Wake-Up Call for Leaders

This is a guest post by YC Chan. YC is a industrial designer, part-time instructor, and inventor with 13 patents. He has served as a counselor in Christian youth fellowships since 1993 and pre-marriage mentoring program since 2011. The Bible emphasizes on working hard & condemns laziness (in Proverb & in some Parables) … People say “always be a productive person, contribute to the society & humanity as much as you can…” The society “ranks” you by your work - your profession, what company you are working for, how much you make… What does you heart say? Have you experienced the “Purpose-driven Burnout”? As ...

Six Behaviors of Effective Ministry Team Leaders

This is a guest post by Ryan T. Hartwig who teaches small-group, organizational and leadership communication at Azusa Pacific University, where he serves as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In addition, he frequently speaks to groups of pastors and ministry leaders regarding senior leadership teams, teamwork in ministry, and small-group ministry design and leadership. What do great team leaders do? And what differentiates the leaders of the best teams from the rest? In our recent study of nearly 1000 leadership team members at over 250 churches (fully reported in our just-released book Teams That Thrive: Five Discipl...

Letting Others Lead: Debunking the Lone Hero Myth

This is a guest post by Peter Dickens from Tyndale Leadership Centre in Toronto. Peter is passionate about leadership and change. He helps people and organizations that serve others to revitalize their leadership and ministry. Peter blogs at Rethink Leadership. Follow Peter on Twitter. “We have lots of problems in this place: big and small. I can’t possibly recognize them, let alone solve them. Only you can and that’s why you are here. You have an opportunity, regardless of formal role, to step up and be a leader – and please know you have my full support.” When I used to lead a leadership program for teams of staff in the healthcare ...

7 Surprising Prayers by Famous Christian Leaders

I'm on a blogging sabbatical to focus on my upcoming book. This is a guest post by Jared Brock. Jared is the author of A Year of Living Prayerfully, a humorous travel memoir about prayer. He is the cofounder of Hope for the Sold, an abolitionist charity that fights human trafficking one word at a time. Jared is happily married to his best friend, Michelle, whom he first kissed in the seventh grade. I recently completed a 37,000-mile prayer pilgrimage around the world. I discovered a world of prayer traditions across the Judeo-Christian faith family, including some of the weird uncles and crazy cousins. I explored the world of revivals and prayer ...

8 Transformational Characteristics All Leaders Share

I'm on a blogging sabbatical to write my book. This is a guest by TJ Trent. TJ is an individual transformation expert. His passion is helping individuals excel through facing and overcoming their challenges, discovering their true dreams, achieving their impossible vision, thus becoming extraordinary. Transformation is a metamorphosis of something or someone. The Butterfly experiences metamorphosis as it evolves from egg, to larva, to pupa, to adult butterfly. The creature transforms because unless it adapts, it will die. Similarly leaders must transform so their organizations may continue to thrive in dynamic conditions. Transformation is the ...

10 Surprising Movies That Will Upgrade Your Leadership

I'm on a blogging sabbatical to write my upcoming book. This is a guest post by Kent Sanders. Kent writes about creativity, the arts, and leadership at KentSanders.net and is also the author of 30 Days of Evernote for Churches. You can connect with him on Facebook or Twitter. Seen any good movies lately? The answer is probably “yes.” Movies engage us with story, action, and real-life examples of heroes and villains. They can also help you be a better leader. So many great movies have been made that it’s hard to choose just ten. Who doesn’t love leadership-oriented movies like Gladiator, Thirteen Days, The Right Stuff, and Braveheart? I ...

3 Leadership Traits of an Effective Cross-Cultural Leader

I'm on a blogging sabbatical to write my upcoming book. This is a guest post by my friend Christie Samson. Christie is an alumna from the renowned Pepperdine's MSOD program. She is passionate about leadership development and building capacity in cross-cultural organizations. She leads strategy, program management, and training for SolarCity’s national recruiting programs team. She is the Founder and Principal Consultant at Capacity Inc. (www.CapacityInc.co) You can follow her on Twitter. Years ago I received an urgent call from a client, a CEO of a tech company. “Christie, though the candidate is technically doing a good job, her accent is ...