40-Years: Lessons in Leadership

Lesson #10: Humility is essential

Lesson #10: Humility is essential

I was recently asked “Wayne, after 40 years of ministry, what do you think is the greatest spiritual leadership principle?” My answer applies to all of life as well as leadership, and is not original with me, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble”...
Lesson # 9: Axioms are anchors

Lesson # 9: Axioms are anchors

Over the years I’d captured some “axioms” as anchor points in ministry. We have developed axioms for how we function as a team at The Wesleyan Church Headquarters, but I also have about a dozen axioms that are personal and memorable to me. They serve as anchor points...
Lesson # 8: Off-stage leadership

Lesson # 8: Off-stage leadership

I’ve succumbed on multiple occasions to a certain occupational hazard of ministry — trying to accomplish everything from the platform. I wrestle for months to grasp a perspective or make a change. I then fool myself into thinking if I preach louder and longer, I can...
Lesson #7: Transitions

Lesson #7: Transitions

In 40 years of ministry, I have experienced three major transitions. Each involved a change in geographical location. Each involved a change in ministry context. Each was led differently by God. Transition #1: college to church planting (1979–2009) As I was...
Lesson #4: Stewardship of Energy

Lesson #4: Stewardship of Energy

The Apostle Paul had a thorn in the flesh (2 Corinthians 12). We don’t know exactly what the thorn was, and I am certain it was more perilous than my own. But, like the Apostle Paul, I have found my thorn to be a reminder of the sufficiency of God’s grace and a source...
Lesson #3: Keep loving the Church

Lesson #3: Keep loving the Church

There is an occupational hazard for pastors — we often see the dark side of people and the soft underbelly of the Church. While there are many in the Church who shine brightly like those referenced in 2 Corinthians 4:6 (the majority in most churches I’m personally...
Lesson #2: Credibility

Lesson #2: Credibility

If we are faithful in little things and over time by God’s grace there is fruitfulness in our ministry, we will begin to build credibility with those we are privileged to shepherd. I believe that the accumulation of credibility is a stewardship opportunity and...
Lesson #1: Accountability

Lesson #1: Accountability

In 40 years of ministry, I have been blessed by an accountability relationship for the past 34+ years with Paul Anthes. Paul is a devoted disciple of Jesus who lives out his calling in the marketplace with every bit of the intentionality and intensity as I live out my...
Lessons from 40 years of ministry

Lessons from 40 years of ministry

Today completes 40 years of ministry for me. In some ways, it seems like yesterday that a 21-year-old kid who graduated from Marion College (now Indiana Wesleyan University) joined a launch team to plant a church on June 1, 1979. In other ways, it seems like, well,...