Where’s the Prophetic Grace?

The prophetic grace brings clarity when the church and her leaders wobble and wander. The prophetic brings courageous correction. It is the scalpel that cuts between the diseased and the healthy tissue around it. It provides a clear word from God (or from God’s Word) when the Church is blurring the lines of biblical acuity.

So, what becomes of the Church when the prophetic is marginalized?

You get an indistinct, mushy, shallow, and disingenuously “nice” message week after week. The trumpet blows a vague, indistinguishable, uncertain sound. [I Corinthians 14:8]

And where there’s no prophetic voice, there’s no distinctively Christian lifestyle either.

Sin can thrive in an atmosphere like that.

And, it does.

Doesn’t it?

–Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage more at www.KirlinCoaching.com/blog/

 

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The Apostolic Ignites Action

 

Last time we were challenged to consider how dominant the pastor-teacher has become in Christian leadership since the Reformation. Of the five gifts God has given to his Church [Ephesians 4:11] three are essentially absent. As a result, we have the church and the society we have today. So, let’s consider what we’re missing.

The apostolic grace ignites action.

It generates groundbreaking innovation. It leads change. It is consumed with whatever could expand the reach and impact of the Kingdom of God. The apostolic is risk-taking, not safety-centered.

Its orientation is forward. Forward looking. Forward leaning. Forward moving. Teaching, on the other hand, is valuable in so much as it produces Christ-honoring Kingdom advance in individuals, in congregations, and in society.

–Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage more at www.KirlinCoaching.com/blog/

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The “Five-Fold Ministry”

 

Christ gave three distinct ministry gifts to the church: apostle, prophet, and evangelist to compliment that of the pastor-teacher [Ephesians 4:11]. Yet, since the Reformation, pastor-teachers have been leading, largely, in a vacuum.

I want to suggest that the over emphasis on shepherding and teaching has produced both the Church and the society that we have today.

To lead the Church well includes restoring the apostolic, prophetic, and evangelistic graces to Christian leadership.

 

–Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage more at www.KirlinCoaching.com/blog/

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Insights from a Capital Campaign

We’re considering the powerful reality that what we treasure reveals our hearts. [Matthew 6:21]

A capital campaign—like the claims of Lordship that Jesus so clearly articulates–calls each of us to painful sacrifice. In Matthew 10:38, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23, and 14:27 the gospels record Jesus’ clearly: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

Yet, in our commitment to be visitor-sensitive, we communicate in dozens of ways that cross-bearing is optional. It is not expected. And, certainly not insisted upon.

And then, when we finally call our people – all of them – to get into the game in a sacrificial way, many of them pack up and leave.

–Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage more at www.KirlinCoaching.com/blog/

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The Root of all Evil

Pastor, how frequently and how clearly do you teach your congregation about giving?

Funny, isn’t it?

Jesus spoke more about money than any subject other than the Kingdom of God.

Why?

Because what I treasure reveals my heart. [Matthew 6:21] Yet, most pastors dread speaking about finances. “People will think that all we care about is money” some of you say.

So, you rarely teach the topic and how closely allied it is to all issues of the heart of your people…and yet you think about money all the time.

Don’t you?

 

 

–Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage more at www.KirlinCoaching.com/blog/

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Skepticism > Gratitude > Curiosity

As you and the pioneers in your church love and care for the unchurched in ways that bless their lives, those you serve will be skeptical, initially.

They’ll be wary that church people would serve without a hidden agenda, an ask, a “gotcha,” a hook.

As you continue to be with them for their benefit—and not for yours—their skepticism will be replaced with gratitude, then curiosity.

–Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage more at www.KirlinCoaching.com/blog/

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Leap into Action!

Excessive ministry planning is an almost irresistible temptation for church people. Don’t waste your vigor over-planning how you’ll serve the community from the comfort of your church conference room.

Quick, before you lose your nerve, get out of the church property and begin to bless people. Meet with civic leaders. Learn where your congregation can help make a God-honoring difference and go after it.

Thrust yourself into action with your pioneers.

Love people.

Serve them.

 

 

–Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage more at www.KirlinCoaching.com/blog/

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The Short Route to Burnout

Watching hundreds of ministers struggle to lead their people well has been breathtaking.

Breaking from the example of effective leaders in every other human endeavor, pastors tend to focus their efforts on those who are least motivated to follow. No wonder the burnout rate in the pastorate is dwarfed only by the dropout rate.

The most effective ministry leaders I know concentrate their time and attention on those mosta willing to follow: their congregation’s pioneers.

–Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage more at www.KirlinCoaching.com/blog/

 

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With Whom do you Spend your Time?

In more than thirty years of ministry to ministers it is stunning how much of a pastors’ time, thoughts, and prayers are consumed with those who are the least motivated to follow.

While you are breaking yourself to provide compelling insight to inspire the unmotivated, they are breaking your will to lead.

They are standing in the way of the change you believe God wants. They are preventing the advance of God’s Kingdom in your city. And, once the pastor’s will has been broken, it’s “lights out” for that church. When that happens, it’s also “lights out” for those outside.

God assembled your congregation to be His redemptive provision for the community around you. So, when your church surrenders to the selfish demands of the least mature among you, the neighborhood and city you were meant to illuminate with the lived-and-proclaimed Gospel remains darkened.

 

–Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage more at www.KirlinCoaching.com/blog/

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Provoke their Hunger

Pastor, what might occur if you got really, really good at provoking your parishioners’ hunger for God’s Word?

What if you devoted yourself to provoking their hunger for maturity? What if you saw to it that your parish became a more uncomfortable place to stay spiritually and emotionally immature?

You might get to reinvent yourself in the process.

You’d have the opportunity to trust Jesus in ways you haven’t in a long time. You could trade familiar patterns and skills for fresh, provocative, people-changing ones.

–Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage more at www.KirlinCoaching.com/blog/

 

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