Illinois Baptist executive director: Leading in the need of prayer

 
Especially for leaders, new years require fresh vision. And for pastors and other Christian leaders, fresh vision requires prayer. But quality prayer takes time and, for me at least, finding that time is one of the biggest challenges I face. Time is so precious. I often feel I don't have enough of it simply to do well with my family, my job and my church. So I end up giving almost all my time to those things, and telling myself ...

Ronnie Floyd: How you can end the year faithfully

 
With the holiday season upon us, how can you end the year faithfully? In other words, what should your focus be for the last few days of this year? You can lead aimlessly or aim purposefully. I would like to challenge you personally and professionally. Here are some challenges I believe will help us all end the year faithfully. Personally I want to challenge each of us to end the year personally in the highest way possible. How? 1. Evaluate ...

Troy Gramling: 'A culture in desperate need of God'

 
Each year, Outreach Magazine speaks with several Outreach 100 pastors in an effort to collect their honest observations about the church, their ministries and their experiences. This year, Outreach collected their insights on everything from personal growth and stress management to staying humble in a high-profile position—as well as their thoughts on the future of the American church. TROY GRAMLINGPotential Church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Pride walks very closely to success, and what we describe as ...

Ronnie Floyd: When disappointment comes

 
Disappointment is not easy to live through. It is real and will visit you from time to time. Learning to live and work through disappointment will save you from a life of resentment and bitterness. Identifying disappointment will help us know what to expect and perhaps give us some insight on how to live through it. 1. People will disappoint you. All kinds of people will disappoint you in life. At times, even people you love and admire may disappoint you. ...

Raising up church leaders focus of inaugural Pipeline conference

 
Church leaders must make critical shifts in focus to prepare leaders for the next generation, speakers told attendees at the inaugural Pipeline conference for church leaders Oct. 13. The event, hosted by LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tenn., emphasized the need to build a pipeline of future leaders at every church. Ten speakers addressed issues ranging from vision to stewardship. Eric Geiger Kicking off the conference, Eric Geiger, vice president of LifeWay Christian Resources, spoke on the importance of building future ...

Thom Rainer leadership podcast surpasses 1 million listeners

 
The "Rainer on Leadership" podcast is on pace to reach 1.2 million listeners this year, having reached a milestone in September when it surpassed 100,000 downloads per month. LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer with Jonathan Howe, host of the podcast and operations director of ThomRainer.com, launched "Rainer on Leadership" in 2013. The podcast offers practical solutions for issues facing pastors and church leaders in the 21st century. Recent topics include dealing with staff conflict, multigenerational worship ministry, keys to a ...

Ronnie Floyd: Not every hill is worth dying on

 
Today, I’d like to share more about one of the lessons I listed earlier this week in "30 lessons learned in leading the same organization for 30 years." The greatest leadership lesson I have ever learned is: Not every hill is worth dying on. If I had believed and practiced this in my previous churches and perhaps during the first few of my 30 years at Cross Church, my influence would be greater and the ministry would be more ...

30 lessons learned in leading the same organization for 30 years

 
ESPN produces a series of documentary films titled "30 for 30." They highlight important people and events in sports history. Each of these is powerful and highly engaging. Today, I want to share with you my own 30 for 30. I want to call it "30 lessons I have learned in leadership through leading the same organization for 30 years." Many people have led organizations for 30 years. Yet, only a few have led the same organization for the past 30 ...

10 takeaways from new book 'Designed to Lead'

 
All Christians are called to be leaders, Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck write in their new book, "Designed to Lead." The church, they write, “is uniquely set apart to develop and deploy leaders for the glory of God and the advancement of the Gospel.” In their book, Geiger and Peck cast a vision for the church in training and equipping leaders. At the same time, "Designed to Lead" shows why leadership is essential in every believer&...

Couple is strengthening churches from an RV

 
In recent days, Randy and Adele Millwood have been on a permanent road trip—one designed to better understand the needs of churches throughout Maryland and Delaware. About five years ago, the couple strategically started to make changes in order to live a more simplified lifestyle, based on Ecclesiastes 7:29. Using the Good News Bible, the couple states the verse this way, "This is all I've learned. God made us plain and simple, and we have made ourselves complicated." ...

Black church conference to focus on leadership, family

 
A concurrent spiritual retreat, leadership development week and a family vacation characterize the Southern Baptist 2016 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference July 11-15 at Ridgecrest, N.C. Southern Baptists from across the U.S. will be encouraged to Launch, Engage and Advance into their Destiny, as is the conference theme, drawn from Nehemiah 4:14, said Mark Croston, national director of Black Church Partnerships for LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. "The 2016 Black Church Leadership and Family Conference is ...

Florida pastors participate in LifeWay panel on leading change in church

 
Leading change in a church can be difficult and must be navigated with prayer, love and patience, pastors acknowledged in a panel discussion held during the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in St. Louis. LifeWay Christian Resources hosted more than 800 church leaders for a free breakfast and discussion on "Leading Change in the Church." LifeWay President and CEO Thom S. Rainer unpacked three things most leaders forget to do when leading change: begin with prayer, pray with a guiding coalition, ...

Thom Rainer shares road map to leading change in the church

 
The email addressed to LifeWay Christian Resources President and CEO Thom S. Rainer sounded urgent. The subject line: A plea for help. "I am a pastor and I'm about to give up," the email began. The pastor went on to share his frustration in trying to lead his church to make much-needed changes. "Every time I try something, I get hit hard by critics and bullies," he wrote. "My wife wants me to quit." He ended by asking Rainer for ...

14 challenges church search committees face

 
I've worked with a number of pastor and staff search teams as they vet possible candidates for their open positions. These folks typically are God-seeking believers who want nothing but God's will to be done. Churches and their search committees face an array of challenges. Among them: 1. Making wise choices for committee members. Just because a person is viewed as a leader doesn't necessarily make him or her a good search team member. These ought to be godly, prayerful, ...

Jim Henry shares about Downtown Baptist Orlando revitalization

 
Leaders who recognize the need and are willing to be involved are critical to church revitalization, speakers agreed at a church revitalization conference held earlier this month at Union University in Jackson, Tenn. The conference, which was sponsored by the Tennessee Baptist Convention and Union, addressed the issue of “Fanning the Flame of Christian Leadership.” Tennessee native Jim Henry, former pastor of Two Rivers Baptist Church, Nashville, and First Baptist Church, Orlando, Fla., spoke twice during the opening ...

Pastor Jim Henry to conference attendees: Deacons are servants first

 
Jim Henry has a love for deacons that grows stronger with each passing year. From the surgeon who shined the shoes of his prayer group members at First Baptist Church, Orlando, Fla., to the small group of deacons who “had his back” at a rural church in Mississippi during days of racial tension in the 1960s, Henry knows his ministry has been made easier by deacons who held to the servant model of leadership. Henry, senior pastor of ...

In new book, O.S. Hawkins redefines true 'VIP'

 
GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins, a golfer since boyhood, says his favorite holes to play are the par 3s. "It only takes one really good shot out of three to make par," Hawkins noted. But while one good shot out of three can lead to success on a golf course par 3, it doesn't lead to success for influential people, he acknowledged. It takes all three factors—vision, integrity and purpose—to be men and women of influence. That's ...

GuideStone President O.S. Hawkins explains keys to influential leadership

 
A “very influential person” can shape a lasting legacy, said Southern Baptist leader O.S. Hawkins in a March 3 chapel message at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. "The world has a way of forgetting those folks who deemed themselves important people, but it has a long memory when it comes to remembering those who have influenced our lives,” said Hawkins, president and chief executive officer of GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. ...

SBC President Ronnie Floyd envisions 'forward' leaders in new book

 
As president of the Southern Baptist Convention and a pastor for 37-plus years, Ronnie Floyd has become convinced that pastors must engage in future and forward thinking. In a new book, "Forward: 7 Distinguishing Marks for Future Leaders," Floyd outlines what he sees as essential characteristics for those in leadership positions currently or in the future. "Forward leaders rise to lead people to a better future," Floyd, pastor of Cross Church in northwest Arkansas, said in a Q&A with ...