Discussion of issues related to leadership in a Christian context.
Last week I wrote about the song of Deborah and Barak in Judges 5. The song begins, “That the leaders took the lead in Israel, that the people offered themselves willingly, bless the LORD!” (Judges 5:2, ESV) In my last post I discussed the first part of this verse, but… Continue reading
Today in my Bible reading I read Judges chapter 5. After God granted them a great victory over Jaban king of Canaan, Deborah and Barak sang a song of praise and thanksgiving. The first line of the song is this: “That the leaders took the lead in Israel, that the… Continue reading
Does your church have a formal process by which the pastors can receive feedback about their ministry? The board at my church has asked that the pastors go through a “pastoral feedback” process at the time of our contract renewal. Based on our discussion in the board meeting and my… Continue reading
A friend loaned me a copy of Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni. It took me a while to get around to reading it because I had been working on my dissertation, but now that I have read it I found it to be very helpful.
The largest part of the book is a narrative or “fable” describing the experiences of the CEO of a hypothetical tech company and his top executives. Through their experiences, we learn why most leaders look at meetings as a boring and ineffective, and what can be done to solve both problems. The central points which the story is intended to teach are summarized in part two of the book, The Model.
Benaiah chased a lion down into a pit. Then, despite the snow and slippery ground, he caught the lion and killed it. (2 Samuel 23:20)
What in the world was Benaiah thinking? Most sane people would run away from the lion, not chase it! Beginning from this passage, Mark Batterson… Continue reading
It’s the final day of July, and I want to post something. My blog has been rather quite this month, because I have been trying to make some progress on my dissertation. I hope to begin more regular posting again in mid-August. Meanwhile, I will continue to share interesting links… Continue reading