Howard Hendricks was a great leader and discipler of men. Not very tall but with a personality that dominated a room, he was unforgettable. Unfortunately, he is mostly forgotten today, except by everyone whoever met him or heard him, he was a man useful to God. Though small in stature, “Howie”, was both a scintillating … More A New Prayer from a Dead Saint
Dateline: July 2005 “First one sheep jumped to its death. Then another and another, and then dozens more. Having left their herds to graze while they ate breakfast, stunned Turkish shepherds now watched as nearly 1,500 others leapt off the same cliff. The first 450 animals died under the billowy pile.” . . . The … More Shepherds Have One Job – Protect the Flock
“‘I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.’ Ike declared in 1946. Ike had seen the horrors of war in the Nazi concentration camps, the Normandy landing and assault, and the bloody battles in North Africa. He had written … More We Could Use Such a Leader Today
Leading Like Jesus in a COVID19 World With special reference to our time and the Covid19 virus, maybe it is a good time to reexamine the servant model of leadership pictured in the life and teachings of Christ. How should Christian lead in the present crisis upon the globe? I am convinced that he is … More Leading Like Jesus in a COVID19 World: or “Becoming Follow-able People”
The following insight comes from a Quora question. The specific question was Why was the German military so successful during early-WWII? A questioner was interested in finding out why the hideous Nazi scourge was so successful militarily at the beginning of World War II. Eduardo J. Belgrano, Polymath, Economics, Business, Military History, Quantitative Risk Analysis gave … More Giving Leaders Authority
Sunday Afternoon Musings Young leaders are not self-aware. To be honest, there is nothing that guarantees that older leaders are self-aware. But one of the things that time in ministry does to the vast majority of us is that it humbles us. It causes us to second guess ourselves and our decisions. But young leaders are … More Young Leaders in the Church
Thinking on Leadership Back in early September, my wife and I were able to get away for a four-day visit with Bill and Bev Bauer in Tennessee. Bill is a retired Civil Engineer and former Vice President of one of the largest engineering firms in the country, Chicago Bridge and Iron or CBI. He is also … More Are You an A or B Leader?
Monday is for Discussion Terry Ivy, a friend with a fantastic ministry training church planters via the internet in India, wrote a great post titled What Kind of Leaders are We Creating? Recently, I have had some opportunity to reflect on both his post and my response to it through some men that I’m mentoring. … More Eight Ways to Develop Young Leaders
Tuesday Musing About a decade ago, I was musing about the content of a DMin class I just took the week before and thinking about Jesus and primary commands for leaders. What would be the top three commands for disciple/leaders that Jesus gave? (My friend, John Nunnickhoven, added a fourth in the comments.) Confining ourselves … More What are the Top Three Commands of Jesus to Leaders?
Friday Musings Title of Book: The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations, by Ori Brafman, (Portfolio, 2006) Overview: The book is about “what happens when no one is in charge” (p.5). It is about empowering people by eliminating hierarchies that stifle personal responsibility and initiative. It is about the counter-intuitive notion … More Brief Review of The Starfish and the Spider by Ori Brafman