Leadership and Tithing

Letting people know your vision as a leader is vital as a pastor as people give to vision. At Tree of Life, we want people to understand God and His nature and His principles, and how to live by faith in every single area of their life and finances is no exception. It would beContinue reading “Leadership and Tithing”

Three Things I Will Never Do

The hardest leadership lessons are lessons learned the hard way.  If you have been in leadership of people more than a year or so, you will have made mistakes.  That’s just a fact.  The worst mistakes are the ones we know we could have avoided – good advisors, wise mentors, experienced experts told us notContinue reading “Three Things I Will Never Do”

No Regrets

Of course, no matter what you or I have ever done there is goodness and mercy following us all the days of our lives.  But the truth is that the easiest way of living a life without regrets is not to actually do anything you regret.  Thom Rainer did a survey of pastors in AmericaContinue reading “No Regrets”

5 Things That Will Make You A Better Preacher

In 1 Samuel 13.19, we find out that when the Philistines conquered and enslaved Israel they took out all the blacksmiths so there was no one around who could make weapons so that people could fight and win and re-gain their freedom.  Today, the church is in a similar position – very few preachers areContinue reading “5 Things That Will Make You A Better Preacher”

8 Keys to Raising Leaders without a Potential Coup

Sadly many churches have experienced splits due to a coup.  A coup is where a group of people take authority that was never theirs in the first place.  Some pastors are so afraid of this kind of thing they never raise leaders, hate small groups and centralize everything and control everything!  That is not theContinue reading “8 Keys to Raising Leaders without a Potential Coup”

5 Reasons Some People Never Enter Ministry

  1.  They aren’t prepared to take a chance and a risk. 2. They are lazy. 3. They aren’t prepared to start small. 4. They aren’t prepared to start in a ministry with someone else’s name on the door. 5. They aren’t prepared to help people for free

Differing Styles of Home Group Leaders

Your home group leaders will have different styles due to their differing backgrounds, ages, styles and personalities. That’s not a problem. What is a problem is when they don’t know when a slightly different approach is necessary. This chart shows the differing styles and when they are important. It should help any small group leaderContinue reading “Differing Styles of Home Group Leaders”

The Three Rungs of Successful Leadership

Just being a pastor, or being the boss does not make you a leader.  Being a leader simply means having followers – now that doesn’t mean you are the next Jim Jones and people follow you blindly – it is much more mundane, but also much more amazing than that.  Being a leader simply meansContinue reading “The Three Rungs of Successful Leadership”

Role of the Pastor 7: Releasing

God designed the universe to work in order, and everything God has ever designed and built works in an order and produces after its own kind.  Trees produces trees, cats give birth to cats, dogs give birth to dogs, and horses give birth to horses. Pastors should be giving birth to pastors!  That means twoContinue reading “Role of the Pastor 7: Releasing”

Role of the Pastor 6: Training

Part of your role is training the sheep.  You will be loved for feeding them, and hated for training them.  You are responsible for training the sheep to embrace and understand the culture of your church, how to behave at church, and how to live the Christian life.  The worst pastors are the pastors thatContinue reading “Role of the Pastor 6: Training”