Who Do You Trust?

Can you complete this phrase: “In God we trust. All others __________ __________.”? Society is experiencing a trust deficit.A leader writes, “It isn’t unusual for me to remind our volunteer team, ‘You are a primary trust builder in our ministry!’”* Trust is one of the indisputable foundations of ministry. When the word is mentioned, examples…

Mentoring Leaders

Most of us remember Augustine (345 – 430 AD) for the quotes attributed to him. A book entitled Augustine as Mentor suggests that in addition to being a theologian and bishop of Hippo (today’s Algeria), he played a significant role in mentoring leaders. Let’s first identify a few quotes, then we’ll define mentoring and describe…

Down and Dirty

Henry Ward Beecher spoke of the morality of Christian faith like this: “Religion means work. Religion means work in a dirty world. Religion means peril… Religion means transformation. The world is to be cleaned by somebody; and you are not called of God if you are ashamed to scour and scrub.”Sometimes we make too little…

Resolutions

Whatever our hopes and dreams for the coming year, may they be with the realization and resolve that “it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure” (Philippians 2:13 RSV).This “good pleasure” of God was foretold by Isaiah and proclaimed by John the…