Effective Christian Leadership: Leading Through Restoration

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Sometimes, you mess up.  Sometimes things go wrong, you experience loss or defeat, you become overwhelmed by change, or you fall under insurmountable obstacles.  Whether it’s your fault or not, it all falls apart, and then you experience shame, chastisement, rejection, and other consequences, and you’re left wondering what you are supposed to do next and questioning everything you’ve been … Read More

Effective Christian Leadership: Strategic Planning

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I was fairly young and had just become the headmaster of a small Christian school. I knew that the school had been operating with an interim headmaster, that enrollment had drastically declined over the previous couple of years, that they had recently gone through a major shift in identity, that resources were very limited, and that a desired plan for … Read More

Effective Christian Leadership: Take Time to Celebrate

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We celebrate many things.  When we grow another year older, we celebrate. When we add another year to the length of our marriage, we celebrate. When our favorite team wins a championship, we celebrate.  When we graduate – from kindergarten, from high school, from college – we celebrate.  When our child is born, we celebrate. When we get a promotion, … Read More

Effective Christian Leadership: Motivating Your Followers

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For over twenty years, I lived my life in the same (over)weight range, always believing that I needed to lose some weight, but never really doing so.  I tried a variety of diets and exercise regimens, but nothing ever moved me out of that range, nor did any of them ever become a long-term lifestyle.  I finally convinced myself that … Read More

Effective Christian Leadership: Let People Have a Voice

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If you have been following this series, by now you realize that I have found that the book of Ezra is chock full of lessons and illustrations on leadership.  I have already written about topics like understanding God’s sovereignty in my plans, preparing myself for leadership, team leadership, the work of leadership, and seeing the big picture.  In my study … Read More

Effective Christian Leadership: The Work of Leadership

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In my first year as the head of a school, I was enthusiastic and organized, with big dreams and a plan that I was developing and implementing.  At first, though, I kept finding myself getting frustrated, because I would have seemingly constant interruptions that kept me from getting to the tasks that I needed to do in order to carry … Read More