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“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 …

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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 …

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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: …

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Leaders are Marked Men and Women

I have friends with tattoos. These markings are often deeply meaningful to them as statements of who they are and what they want to remember. There are many popular tattoo symbols that do this. The anchor is a symbol of hope, the dove represents peace, the cross identifies the death and resurrection of Christ. There are pastors who have Bible …