• Talk Less, Listen More

      A number of years ago I received a weird prophetic word. (Yes, there are other kinds; and, no, it wasn’t about who I would one day marry—saving an awkward discussion with my wife!) Frankly, I would have ignored it, except a dream, a Scripture, and three other people confirmed it in the space of a month. It went to the heart of who I’m created to be, and the style of leadership I was to exercise. Ready for it? God said, “David, you are a stirrup.” Yep, weird alright. Thus began my journey into discovering what a stirrup is, and how it relates to me. The first two meanings were strange…

  • Rhythms of God

      I have found that, over the years, one of the biggest challenges that I’ve faced as a leader is the constant need for me to be ‘on’. It’s hard to have a day off when you are leading, particularly in a Christian context. I always get the impression that people think, “Well, Jesus didn’t have a day off, so why are you complaining?” Which got me to thinking… I think that God is not calling us as leaders to be doormats. He didn’t create us in His image, and restore us for His purposes through Christ, so that we’d become an impersonal, broken and wasted shell of a person.…

  • Loving Delegation

      Putting these two words next to each other (loving and delegation), is something that I have been wrestling with recently. As with everything else, our leadership as Christians should be grounded in love. It is an unmistakable and distinctive quality of Christian leadership: Christian leaders genuinely love those whom they lead (which is sourced in the love first shown to them: 1 John 4:16-21). Jesus himself established this model in John 13, washing the feet of his followers. Loving leadership is servant leadership. But Christian leadership also inevitably involves delegation. A definition of delegation for our purposes, is the act of entrusting and empowering others to accomplish something. Asking…

  • Faithful stewardship

    Most young Christian leaders understand that God has great things in store for their lives. Many have been given dreams to impact their workplace for the sake of Jesus’ name. Others have been called into ministry and are eagerly pursuing His direction as they serve at their church. And some young leaders simply have this inner conviction that God is going to use them in the future, whether at home or abroad. No doubt many of these leaders have Jeremiah’s words of “plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give a hope and a future” (Jer. 29:11) inked into their skin, or at least into the A4…

  • Jesus: The Leader

    When I think of who Jesus is, words like ‘messiah’, and ‘Christ’, come to mind. Maybe even ‘miracle-worker’ or ‘teacher’. After all, he was and is all those things, and when he walked the earth he was either called by those names, or referred to himself using them. If I’m honest though, I don’t know how often I’ve pondered about Jesus and thought: leader. Of course I know Jesus led his disciples, and I know he had lots of followers, but it’s just not the first title that comes to my mind. The reality is, often when we think about leaders or leadership, we picture someone extroverted, loud, the person…