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8 Contrasts Between Empowering and Disempowering Leadership

Knowing how to nurture people so that they reach their maximum leadership potential is as much psychological as it is an art. There are ways leaders limit the creativity of others and there are ways to get folks to reach new heights they haven’t even dreamed about. The following are ways leaders can empower others…

Twenty-five Signs You Are Leading from Your Dark Side

1. You inwardly celebrate when a colleague or fellow minister falls. 2. Your spirit of competition causes you to inwardly celebrate when other organizations or ministries in your field aren’t doing as well as you. 3. You are more concerned about your local church or organization than the good of the kingdom of God and…

Twelve Different Kinds of Apostolic Leaders

I have been in the apostolic movement since the late 1980’s and have observed many kinds of apostolic leaders. By “apostolic” I am referring to a person who functions in the apostolic ministry gift as mentioned in Ephesians 4:11. They may also oversee an apostolic church that exerts great influence in their community, and/or lead…

16 Contrasts between Retirement from Re-firing

While I applaud the fact that there is a great emphasis in many circles on reaching the next generation, we often forget that God also has a plan to use older seasoned leaders as well. For example, when Abraham was ninety-nine years old God still called him to walk before Him blamelessly and to believe…

Contrasting Kingdom Leaders and Church Leaders

There is presently a revolution taking place among those on the leading edge of change in the Evangelical Church. The result is a transition from a church mindset to a kingdom mindset in which the walls of church buildings are no longer able to contain the raw creative energy of Christ-followers who are committed to…

HOW TO USE THE SCRIPTURES TO MATURE BELIEVERS, PART II

Different approaches to biblical preaching Prophetic, Rhema word preaching This kind of preaching is when a pastor waits upon the Lord during the week and (hopefully) God downloads a prophetic exhortation on the pastor to deliver to the church. This is a very common style of preaching especially in the Pentecostal and Charismatic church world….

12 Contrasts Between Apostolic Movements And Denominations

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book entitled “An Anthology Of Essays On The Apostolic.” These generalizations may or may not be true for particular denominations and apostolic movements: I. Apostolic Movements vs. Denominations 1. An apostolic movement is usually led by one strong visionary/A denomination is usually directed by a board. 2….

HOW TO USE THE SCRIPTURES TO MATURE BELIEVERS

PART I Through the years, I have come to believe that there is nothing more important than the Scriptures to mature the Body of Christ. The Purpose of the Word “to equip the saints” It tells us the purpose of the Word of God to equip in Paul’s second letter to Timothy 3:15-17 when […]…

20 Contrasts between a Victim and Victorious Mindset

Through the five plus decades I have lived in NYC I have observed many kinds of people. For the sake of this article I will break these people down into two categories: those with a victim mentality and those with a victor mentality. Those with the victim mindset interpret the world totally different from those…

The Audacious, Untamed God of Church Planting, Part II

Acts 13-28 In Acts 13:1-2, we see that the leadership of the Antioch church regularly ministered to the Lord together with the practice of fasting. This church was so new that they did not even have apostles in their leadership, only prophets and teachers. This is because they knew that they had to be sensitive…