View Post

Our Leader Rode A Donkey

Our Leader Rode A Donkey Yesterday we celebrated Palm Sunday.  The event takes place during a time when Roman leaders mounted steeds and stallions and Jewish leaders proceeded with pomp and pageantry, yet our leader rode a donkey. Excerpts from the Palm Sunday story include Jesus instructing two disciples, “’Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you …

View Post

Leaders Show No Fear

Leaders Show No Fear We were with a tour group and needed to cross a busy street in Rome. If you’ve been to Rome, you understand. Big cars, little cars, smart cars, scooters of every sort, and a plethora of tourist buses. The simple act of crossing the street can be a life or death experience. The 57 in our …

View Post

6 Easy Ways to Change a Church’s Culture

6 Easy Ways to Change a Church’s Culture How is it that some churches are friendly and others are not, some churches are outgoing and others are inwardly-focused, some churches are intent on multiplying themselves while others are self-serving? It has to do with their organizational culture. In the same way that each individual has his or her own personality …

View Post

“How can we get more leaders like these in our churches?”

“How can we get more leaders like these in our churches?” Last week, four candidates were being examined by Zeeland Classis in order to become Commissioned Pastors.  Jose Duran is a church planter, Ken Kleinheksel and Steve Martin provide congregational care, and Craig Hoekstra specializes in men’s ministry. In addition to being asked questions by the meeting chairperson, Elders and …

View Post

Church Planters Travel Light

Church Planters Travel Light We were able to disembark early from the cruise ship if we hauled off our own luggage. Not a big deal. My wife had a purse and a carry-on case. I had a small backpack, a carry-on, and a mid-sized suitcase. Our departure wasn’t too bad. It just involved a little wrestling with the cases, which …

View Post

Do be do be do Leadership

Do be do be do Leadership To do is to be – Plato To be is to do – Aristotle To know is to be – Aquinas Do be do be do – Frank Sinatra The above are generally accepted and mostly unsubstantiated maxims. The one quote that can be documented is Frank Sinatra’s “Do be do be do.” It …

View Post

Developing Missional Churches

Developing Missional Churches The members of a Classis Commissioned Pastor Support Team were talking about their appreciation for the work of Church Leadership Center. One member said, “CLC provides quality, missionally minded leadership.” Later in the discussion, someone referred to CLC as “launching missionally minded, equipped people into ministry.” These are affirming words. We work at having a missional perspective. …

View Post

For The Anxious Leader

For The Anxious Leader There are times when leaders feel troubled, perplexed, frustrated, and discouraged. For some, there may be easy solutions: Take a vacation, accept the fact that it’s the weather or the day of the week (e.g., Karen Carpenter’s song, “Rainy Days and Mondays Always Get Me Down.”). Other kinds of anxiety may require intensive professional counseling to …

View Post

Financial meltdown for the Church?

Financial Meltdown for the Church? “Donations to evangelical churches and organizations are on course to decline by about 70% within the next 25-30 years due to the deaths of the most generous generation” says John S. Dickerson in his book, The Great Evangelical Recession. This financial meltdown megatrend is already underway as he further predicts with urgency that, “Our churches …

View Post

16 Personal Development Tips for Leaders in 2016

It is easy to be so task and performance oriented that we don’t pay enough attention to our own personal development as leaders. As a new year begins, I encourage you to grab hold of some of the following tips, adapted from several of my favorite sources which are listed at the end of the article. Consider the following tips: …