Leadership Lessons from Overseas – Why Go?

Go missions

This morning, I’m leaving with some other pastors for a vision trip sponsored by Compassion International. I’m sorry to say, the last time I was overseas for mission purposes was in 2001, when I spent some weeks in Kiev, Ukraine with Let’s Start Talking. I’ve been to mission points in Mexico and throughout the Unites States since then. I’ve even planted a church and the churches I’ve served have sent dozens of teams overseas, planted churches throughout the United States and around the world. But, I’m sorry to say when the plane touches down in Quito late tonight, I will be overseas for a missional purpose for the first time in…well, too long.

I say, “too long” not only because of the worthwhile work that goes on overseas, but also because of how it’s changed me over the years. There are some things one encounters only elsewhere. So, for the next few weeks, I want to feature some leadership lessons from my missionary adventures over the years in Mexico, Thailand, Ukraine, and Ecuador. If you enjoy this blog or have been blessed in any way by my ministry–know these short-term mission projects are a part of my ministerial makeup. I look forward to sharing why with you over the next couple of weeks. These are some of the watershed moments that changed who I am and how I serve the Lord.

How Winning Hurts Churches

fork in the road

Winning streaks can ruin a church. Too much continual growth, too much peace, too much “vision.” I know this may sound weird, but too much of a good thing can kill us if we’re not careful. It’s not that “success” is bad for us or the Kingdom. It’s that we tend to forget the Lord over prolonged periods of blessing. When we forget the Lord, our ministry turn mechanical, our egos inflate, and we can become reckless with regards to righteousness.

How to Pray for Your Pastor

Prayer

Having God’s people praying for me is one of the greatest blessings in my life. The Scriptures teach the prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective, and I hope someday God will grant me the opportunity to see how the prayers of His people strengthened my life and ministry.

If you don’t already do so, I’d like to encourage you to start doing so on a regular basis–at least weekly. Praying for your minister is one of the most simple but valuable ways you can bless your church. It will bless your life as well.