Pastors and Elders V: The Requirements for an Elder (part 2)

In part one of the Requirements for an Elder we discussed that an elder must be above reproach and briefly examined what that meant.  Today, I want to look at the second Biblical qualification for eldership – that an elder be the “husband of one wife” (1 Tim. 3.2). Now let me preface this article by saying thatContinue reading “Pastors and Elders V: The Requirements for an Elder (part 2)”

3 Leadership Lessons from England in the World Cup

3. You have to put energy and experience into defence.  The natural attitude of a leader is to advance, to take ground and to win.  But while we are called to be pioneers and move forward, you have to also ensure that no one is going to advance on you.  England did not have defendersContinue reading “3 Leadership Lessons from England in the World Cup”

Pastors and Elders II: The Elders Conference

In Acts 20.17 Paul travels to Miletus, and calls all the elders of the Ephesian church to him. And from Miletus he sent to Ephesus, and called the elders of the church There were a lot of elders in the church in Ephesus.  Paul decided he wanted to separate the elders and teach them theContinue reading “Pastors and Elders II: The Elders Conference”

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”

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”

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”

5 Things I Want to Tell Everyone About to Pastor

5.  Work hard.  Don’t be that guy who is last to church, preaches, let’s everyone else take the slack, ducks out early.  Seriously – just don’t.  People will tell you pastoring is hard work, and it is – but don’t become a prima donna.  Get in there and help set up the sound desk, stayContinue reading “5 Things I Want to Tell Everyone About to Pastor”

Loyalty (part 2) Fully Persuaded

Last week we discussed loyalty and how to maintain loyalty in a church or organization.  Today I want to continue that thought by discussing something called “fully persuaded”.   I think most people have realized that to be a leader means to be accused.   If you are in leadership, the only way to stop them talkingContinue reading “Loyalty (part 2) Fully Persuaded”

Loyalty (part 1)

One of the most important keys in living a successful life is learning the principles behind loyalty. We live in a generation which has largely forgotten the principles of loyalty – and therefore has forgotten the keys to qualification to success.  In a day in which people denigrate local churches, rebel against legitimate authority andContinue reading “Loyalty (part 1)”

Decision Making as a Leader

You are in charge – so you make the decision.  Don’t worry who you upset or offend, do what is right.  It’s your vision, your pure, whole, beautiful vision.  Don’t let them make it a patchwork of their half-baked ideas they have never worked out for themselves.   Do what you know to be right.Continue reading “Decision Making as a Leader”