A TULIP for Leaders

Spring is officially here, at least according to the calendar. In West Michigan, the sure sign of Spring is tulips popping up. We’re getting close!With respect for the five points of Calvinism, allow me to suggest a TULIP for leaders. Trustworthy Leaders seek to be Christ-like. Their words and actions are “trustworthy and true.” Stephen…

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…

Sticker Prices

Soren Kierkegaard once wrote of a strange break-in at a large store in his native Denmark where the thieves didn’t remove anything. When clerks opened up in the morning, all the merchandise was still there. Instead of stealing the goods, the thieves had stolen value. They had switched all the price tags, so that the…

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…