Tag Archives: discipleship

Believe or Belong: Which Comes First?

Many of us grew up in churches that emphasized knowing and believing the Bible as the single most important thing to being on God’s good side. We are not alone! Indeed, many church traditions hold a legacy that honored knowledge and respected belief in the right things as an essential way of assurance…

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Being before Doing

Dr. Samuel Wells, noted author and minister in London, England, recently released his latest book, Incarnational Ministry: Being with the Church. [1] Wells explores various dimensions of ministerial leadership, using the reality of the Trinity to guide his helpful insights. One of those insights that particularly stands out to me (and something I’ve…

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Interpretive Leadership: Seeking God’s Preferred Future

Last month we explored leadership as relational work—shepherding to nurture emotional and spiritual well-being. This month we turn to another dimension of leadership: paying attention to God. In any group or organization, one of the critical aspects of leadership is asking the important questions, “Where are we headed?” and “What is our goal?”…

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Do As I Say

Doing and saying should line up—at least that is what common wisdom suggests!  “If you are going to talk the talk, then you should also walk the walk,” is another way of getting at the importance of aligning our speech and our actions.  Thus, as disciples of Jesus, we often press toward holding…

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Discipleship, First and Finally

“Ministerial leadership is, first and finally, discipleship.” – Lesslie Newbigin Returning to his native England after 50 years of missionary work in India, Lesslie Newbigin was stunned to see the decline of the church in the west. So instead of settling into retirement in 1974, he launched a second career as a missionary…

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