Courageous leadership is decisive.

The Latin root of decisive means “to cut.” However, in church it is rarely nice to cut anything away, to cut anything off, or to cut anything out—even when it’s a toxic presence.

To lead with your whole heart means that you stand for what’s best for the church, simply because it is best—even when that stand is unpopular. Even when it provokes opposition from stakeholders in the Church.

–Kirk Kirlin, from the book “Leadership Courage,” more at


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