What I Learned at the Global Leadership Summit, Day 1

Each August tens of thousands of leaders gather in dozens of locations around the country to experience the Global Leadership Summit — two days of world-class leadership training. This year the Redemption Church Gateway staff is attending at the Mesa satellite location. Yesterday was the first day of the Summit and it was a greatContinue reading “What I Learned at the Global Leadership Summit, Day 1”

What I Learned on My Summer Vacation

I love vacation. Some people never quite use all of their vacation time — I’m not one of them. It’s not that I don’t love my job. I do. But it’s a demanding job that makes time away particularly sweet. This summer I was away for three weeks. The first week was for the annualContinue reading “What I Learned on My Summer Vacation”

Uncertainty is Why We Need Leadership

I was reminded of this remarkable point by watching Michael Hyatt’s interview with Andy Stanley: Stanley says that leaders feel like they’re failing in times of uncertainty, but it’s actually job security. I find this truly encouraging, as I’m currently facing a number of important decisions and I lack certainty about which way they shouldContinue reading “Uncertainty is Why We Need Leadership”

Do a Few Things Well

Leaders have big ideas, strong confidence and inspiring faith. They can see what their organization, team, business, ministry or church will eventually become. They envision it a few years down the road running at full-steam with plenty of resources, support, and specialization. But they make a big mistake if they try to create that full-orbedContinue reading “Do a Few Things Well”

Pastor, Nobody Thinks About Church as Much as You

And that’s OK. Many people think about church like I think about my kids’ soccer team — on the way to and from the game. That’s about all. I don’t sit at home during the week wondering how their corner-kick strategy is coming. In the same way, many people think about church on Sundays asContinue reading “Pastor, Nobody Thinks About Church as Much as You”

What I Look for In Potential Leaders

Many people have said that young or aspiring leaders should be FHAT: Faithful, Humble, Available and Teachable. I think that’s true, but there’s something else that I look for. It flows from each of the FHAT characteristics, but goes even further. It’s something I look for and admire in all people, but I think it’sContinue reading “What I Look for In Potential Leaders”

What is Ministry Success?

This question is on the mind of every pastor I know: What is ministry success? Seasoned pastor Kent Hughes shares his personal story of wrestling with this question and the biblical answers he found. It’s a powerful, must-watch/listen message. Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome—26 Years Later from Desiring God on Vimeo. Click here toContinue reading “What is Ministry Success?”

Lessons from Les Misérables

This post is probably a few weeks late, but perhaps that will allow for more people to have seen the incredible film adaptation of Les Misérables and appreciate these lessons. I have loved Les Misérables for a long time in play form and was thrilled by the film version. While the singing was not as naturallyContinue reading “Lessons from Les Misérables”