Today’s Leaders Must Be Explorers!

Leonard Sweet and others have the perspective that today’s leaders must approach their leadership as a journey without a map. Why is there no map? Because no one has been there yet. It is “new world exploration”. To be leaders who know how to use a compass of unchanging, reliable principles to navigate by instead of following a predefined path is a very different approach to making directional decisions.

Explorers have a unshakable commitment to completing the mission… Go for it or die!
Explorers have a vague sense of what the destination will be like... “Your kingdom come!”
Explorers know they must be willing to take risks and tap into all of the creative capacity that they or others on the team possess…”We may have to back up when we hit dead end canyon walls, but we will keep moving forward!”

One my courses in the seminary seeks to train pastors and missionaries to live as EXPLORERS. I often begin the day of the one week intensives with a devotion that frames our theme for the day.

You can download them as MP3 files or listen to them here:

Audio 1:

First Day of Class: An overview of some of the critical disciplines being an EXPLORER requires.

Listen to the audio here:
Become an Explorer

Audio 2:

In Romans 15 Paul gives us a glimpse of how he viewed his life — He was linked to the redemptive flow of God’s activity that started in Abraham and flowed through the Old Testament to the stream that was carrying him forward as a Christ follower. He also knew how to give gifts to God that he knew God would enjoy unwrapping.

Listen to the audio here:
Romans 15 – Paul’s Perspective and Gifts

Audio 3:

Explorers do not back down from sacrificial giving and they do not let even the ones with the least resources off the hook. There is no room on the trail for passive consumers. Hear the story of two widows

Listen to the audio here:
Two Widows and Giving

Audio 4:

Change produces conflict because it surfaces differences in beliefs, values and assumptions. Galatians addresses 3 groups in the church that face a choice. They must choose GRACE GOSPEL or ANOTHER GOSPEL. They must choose FREEDOM AS SONS or SLAVERY OF TRADITIONALISTS. They must choose investing their FREEDOM TO LOVE or the BONDAGE OF LICENSE. Churches processing changes will also face these teachable moments. Hear the full overview of Galatians applied to CHANGE PROCESSING.

Listen to the audio here:
Galatians Grid for Change

Free Consulting For Pastoral Search

Over the past several years I have received many requests for consulting when a church is going through a senior pastor transition. In this presentation I present a 4 stage journey —
Current Pastor LEAVING,
Church Grieving,
Church Searching,
Church Welcoming!

You can view the Powerpoint presentation and listen as I walk through the model giving a biblical and practical framework for this season of change. Listen to me present this to a search committee. This is 1 hour and 20 minutes of free consulting!
View by Clicking Here

You may also want to download your own copy of the Powerpoint and customize it for your search committee or leadership. I suggest your view or print note pages for my lecture notes.
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I would enjoy hearing your response to this material.

Darkness, Depression & Grief – Workshop for Church

While visiting Raleigh Street Christian Centre in Cambridge, New Zealand I had the opportunity to provide leadership training on a Monday evening.

As I coach leaders I find many of them struggling to clarify, diagnose and respond to confusing emotions.
In this workshop we:
1. Begin with looking at how Jesus views people and wades into the struggle for their hearts. The goal of being emotionally healthy is not to just feel better it is to be in a good place for God to use us to touch others with his grace and truth.
2. Define a season that God often includes in our growth — The Dark Night of the Soul.
3. Look at three common types of depression – biological, stress induced and grieving.

You can download the Power Point by clicking here.

You can listen to the workshop by clicking here.

Here is a lesson that outlines the spiritual discipline of grieving. This is a handout used in my class at Columbia Intl University and in workshops with cross-cultural workers. Download here.

How Does God Give Us Assignments? (Knowing God’s Will)

When I became a Christian in 1972, every Campus Crusade Conference featured talks on “knowing God’s will.” Now 35 years later I have opportunity to work alongside Lloyd Reeb of Halftime in holding workshops assisting those in a Halftime journey and training pastors and ministry leaders to assist those in the Halftime journey. The question of knowing God’s will still generates great interest.

Based on my view of life now I often counsel younger adults that the trajectory of their life will be determined to a large degree by what they say, “Yes” to. As one grows into mid-life and beyond the trajectory of our life either stays on course or gets off course by what we say, “NO” to.

Download the article – How God Gives Assignments!

Download the Powerpoint w/ notes in a pdf file

Download 13 Questions by Robertson McQuilkin on God’s Will in Questionable Matters

Listen to a sermon I gave on this subject:
download MP3

Let me know what you think.