5 Pitfalls for Young Church Leaders

I'm a young guy new at leadership, leading my church as Senior Pastor, leading my family as a husband and father of four, and leading (in some ways) as an author/writer/blogger. The world gets excited about young leadership, but quite often young leaders make mistakes because we lack the wisdom of our elders. Here are five common pitfalls I'm finding my for myself and I suspect other young leaders: 1) The Pitfall of Pride  The Scriptures both encourage and warn about young leadership. The encouragement is for the young to not let their youth get in the way of leading (1 Timothy 4:12) and yet it also warns against appointing immature people to weighty positions because they lack experience (1 Timothy 3:6). Perhaps our biggest and most pernicious temptation is pride. We're young, we're full of ideas, we feel we can change the world. That's good, but it can also be bad...

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Book Review: Gospel Wakefulness

If you're a longtime Christian, you'll notice and experience times of profound spiritual dryness, seasons when it seems you are numbly walking through the motions. Or perhaps you're a believer who has at one time believed the gospel, but have not seen it's life-changing implications bear fruit. Some might say you're seeming spiritual deadness is because you never had the gospel at all. And that could be true. But it's likely that you've got the gospel, but you've never been "awakened" by it. This is the crux of a new book by Jared C. Wilson, a prolific blogger, author, and pastor. Gospel Wakefulness was a book I appreciated and loved reading for a few reasons. First is Wilson's insane ability to craft words and phrases. This is not a book I had to push myself to finish, it was a book that sparkled and crackled from cover to cover. There are few, if...

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Can We Build the Church By Being Against the Church?

It's hard to read a Christian book or blog post or to hear a sermon without hearing some overt or implied criticism of some part of the evangelical Church as a whole. That's not even counting the Twitter feeds of Christians. I'm reading a terrific book right on the centrality of the gospel by one of my favorite author/preacher/bloggers. It's a book that is both challenging me and inspiring me. But even this favorite author can't resist the easy stereotype of "most churches" or "most Christians" or "The Church is . . . ." It seems nearly impossible for us to build up our ministries without having to use another expression of Christian ministry as a foil. I know this because I do this myself. In my forthcoming book, I spend a considerable time pushing back against the pressure to be perfect among 2nd Generation kids. I felt (and still feel) it was a legitimate...

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Friday Five: Matt K. Lewis

Matt Lewis (@mattklewis) is a conservative journalist, blogger, and political pundit whose work appears at The Daily Caller. He has also appeared in publications like Politico, The Guardian, New York Magazine, The Washington Post, and New York Magazine. He is a sought-after guest on television, making regular appearances on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC NEWS, and others. Recently, Business Insider named Matt one of the 50 “Pundits You Need To Pay Attention To Between Now And The Election." He is also the author of The Quotable Rogue. Matt also hosts his own podcast where he interviews leaders from across the cultural spectrum. I enjoy Matt's work not simply because he's conservative like me, but because I find him to be intellectually fair, a rare trait among political bloggers and commentators. I've had the chance to interact with him on Twitter and have interviewed him for a project on the pro-life movement. Matt graciously agreed...

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