Musings on Spiritual Matters

by Matthew Morine

How to Make Leaders

| March 29, 2012

The Active Follower has to be mentored through the transition of becoming a leader.  There are various dynamics that must be strengthened by God, with the participation of a godly mentor.  As the member is groomed for leadership, he will make the difficult leap to increased influence in the Kingdom of God.  One will notice [...]

The Phases of Leadership Development

| March 28, 2012

God is actively making leaders for his church.  As Dr. Huffard notes in chapter 1, Robert Clinton highlights that leadership is a lifelong process.  Congregations are guilty of believing that a leadership class or some sermons on leadership will automatically produce spiritual leaders within the congregation.  Unfortunately, the best leaders in our congregations are those [...]

Review of “New Perspectives On Breaking the 200 Barrier”

| March 26, 2012

Most congregations grow to the 200 attendance marks, and stop.  It takes a major shift to pass this barrier.  In this book, the author looks at some of the dynamics that will help in moving pass this problem.  The author talks about making “choice points.”  These are choices that a congregation has to make to [...]

How To Provide Feedback

| March 22, 2012

Our churches are becoming afraid to provide feedback to members.  Leaders are timid in even discussing a topic with a member.  In a culture of high sensitiveness, and a church world in which people only expect to be praised, the art of feedback is disappearing.  A person who is burned out in ministry is not [...]

What Is A Follower?

| March 21, 2012

Much has gone wrong in congregations in which people do not know what a follower is.  Sometimes people are controlling the congregation who are not even part of the congregation.  These non-followers are given a stronger voice, and more influence than the leaders.  The reason that this takes place is that people do not know [...]

Review of “Building Leaders”

| March 20, 2012

Have you ever looked around the congregation and realized that no one is stepping up to lead.  This creates disappointment.  But the first step is not blaming the members, but pointing the finger back to  yourself.  What have you done to develop leaders around you?  This builds provides a ton of structure on how to [...]

Levels of Empowerment

| March 19, 2012

Most congregations struggle with the meaning and mode of empowerment.  How much, how little, is always a debate and a concern among church members.  Elders are accused of not empowering, and members are accused of not following direction.  This endless debate is one of the major tensions in our congregations.  This will be one of [...]

Successful Service for Leaders: The Three Dynamics

| March 15, 2012

We have all seen leaders that were super talented and fail.  Why?  Of course there are numerous reasons, but often the root of this is found in three areas.  For a leader to have long term success, these areas must be developed on a equal basis. 1. Life Maturity.  All people go through life, and [...]

A Needed Update

| March 14, 2012

Wow, it has been so long for me writing a blog post that I believe I might need a lesson on how to do it.  Well, everyone here is a little update on what I have been up to in life.  Two weeks ago I was on a plane heading to Nashville.  Not really Nashville, just [...]