Reasons Why Christian Leaders Fail

Dr. Robert (“Bobby”) Clinton studied the lives of 3,500 leaders and found that few leaders finish well.  Many drop out. (Usually due to burnout. Some have a moral failing.) The majority plateau. (A slow fail.) Only a few are disciplined, keep growing, and finish well. Even in the Bible this pattern holds true. He identified 49 Bible…

When You Doubt the Power of Prayer

“God Doesn’t Answer Prayer.” That’s what my friend Pastor Jeff McCrory heard himself say to his small group Bible Study. “My hurt was talking,” he recalls. We know that the Bible says things like, “Call to me and I will answer…” (Jeremiah 33:3) But sometimes it feels like God is not responding to our prayers. “Why…

Addicted to Public Productivity (A Case For Sabbatical)

Last week on this blog I shared on “Megachurch Pastor Pete Wilson Burns Out.” What’s your response to this story? Sadly, some people are critical of Pete. The leader of one of America’s fastest growing churches admitted to the world he was “leading on empty.” The pastor who welcomed imperfect people to receive God’s grace…