Leadership in The Office: Top 15 Michael Scott Quotes


One thing that unites most church leaders is an interest in the subject of leadership. Leadership is important, I’ll grant you, but honestly, do we need another leaders’ meeting? Since that day in Miletus when Paul met with the Ephesian elders, leaders have been meeting regularly with other leaders to teach them how to be better leaders. This practice has been a great boon for conference centers and booksellers. With the unashamed intent of cashing in on this trend, I would like to offer here some pearls of wisdom from one of my favorite leaders, the affable Michael Scott of Dunder Mifflin, … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll – The Hulk Hogan of Pastors: Top 10 Quotes


A couple of years ago Tom Tapping gave me two books written by Mark Driscoll, the pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. One was called Confessions of a Reformission Rev and I read it straight through laughing out loud. This book is an antidote for church-builders under pressure. The other book was a thought-provoking manifesto called The Radical Reformission. If you’ve heard preachers discuss how to relate the church and the gospel to our culture, they were probably inspired by this book. Mark Driscoll has been called the Hulk Hogan of pastors. (Watch this and you’ll see why.) He says a … [Read more...]

5 Ways We Release the Life of the Spirit with our Preaching

1. Preach the character of God, preach the words of God, preach the deeds of God. Make “Jesus is Lord” the punch-line of every message. The Holy Spirit is more likely to anoint your message when you’re bragging about the Son than when you’re telling stories about the disciples and other bit players (such as ourselves).Tell God's stories. 2. Preach with humility and boldness. I can think of no other combination of preacher-traits that is so attractive to the Holy Spirit. In Ephesus Paul warned (boldly) day and night with tears (humility) (Acts 20:31). 3. Get the rhema. As you prepare ask … [Read more...]

Leaders Are Movers


“Leadership” used to mean something different. Leadership used to be what Henry V provided on the eve of Agincourt, or what Churchill inspired in his radio talks during the days of the Battle of Britain. Leadership was Teddy Roosevelt charging up San Juan Hill or Nelson pacing the deck of the HMS Victory during the Battle of Trafalgar. Before that leadership was modeled as something involving a towel, a bucket of warm water and a willingness to serve. But today? Leadership seems to be nothing more than a word designed to sell leadership books or tickets to seminars by men in expensive … [Read more...]

7 Signs of Mediocre Preaching


(I've been pulling together some notes for preacher training and thought I might post them here. I've been inspired by John Piper's book on The Supremacy of God in Preaching.) 1.    It does not stir up a holy affection for the things of God. If change does not flow from a desire to please the Father, it’s dead religion and legalism. If the preacher has not gazed on the awesomeness of God during the week, how can He reveal the Father to others? 2.    It doesn’t set the heart on fire; it doesn’t enlighten the mind. We need both heat (passion) and light (revelation) in our preaching. God’s … [Read more...]

Leaders Are Readers: What I’m Reading


One of my favourite cliches, often heard at leadership conferences, is "leaders are readers." This one I actually agree with. If you love learning you'll love reading. I read for work and I read for pleasure. I read in the bathroom, on the bus, in bed, on the train, in airports and on planes. What am I reading now? Here's the pile next to my bed: "Leading with a Limp" by Dan Allender is definitely one of my books of the year. I read it in NZ and I'm re-reading it now. I have never read a book on leadership like this one. If you're in a leadership position and find yourself pretending to be … [Read more...]