The virtue of self-acceptance

Self-acceptance means coming to the place where you're able to accept yourself as you are. You can only get there through coming to accept God's unconditional electing love that chose you just as you are not on the basis of your idealized self or even your future self. No. God saved you because he loves you. And he loves you because he saved you. File that under the category of "mystery."

Making a life or making a living?

Imagine sitting down with a financial planner and in addition to totaling your bank accounts and mapping your investments, you also mapped your significant relationships and explored your relationship to your home.

How to train key leaders as disciples and leaders

Last week I joined staff and area directors from sixteen campuses, along with our executive coaches, for training in ministry building. It was the best training of my ministry career. One of the things that made it powerful was the synergy that emerged from sharing the experience with one of my direct reports and our … Continue reading How to train key leaders as disciples and leaders

You cannot have mission without discipleship

As we engage in mission, it is critical that our minds and hearts be connected God through a life of vital piety.

Success or faithfulness in ministry?

The church growth movement has made many lasting contributions to our practice of ministry. But its overemphasis on technique and results can put too much pressure on ministers because it underemphasizes the importance of godly character and the sovereignty of God. Those who claim 'what is required is faithfulness' are largely right, but this mindset … Continue reading Success or faithfulness in ministry?