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”...
30 lessons in 30 years: part three

30 lessons in 30 years: part three

Rev. Charlie Alcock, Youth Ministry professor and director of Youth Ministry Events at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana, reflects on the 30 years he has spent serving in youth ministry in The Wesleyan Church. This is part three in a three-part series....
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...
30 lessons in 30 years: part two

30 lessons in 30 years: part two

Rev. Charlie Alcock, Youth Ministry professor and director of Youth Ministry Events at Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, Indiana, reflects on the 30 years he has spent serving in youth ministry in The Wesleyan Church. This is part two in a three-part series. Read...
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...
30 lessons in 30 years of youth ministry: part one

30 lessons in 30 years of youth ministry: part one

Part one in a three-part series It was 30 years ago this weekend that I towed an old Dodge Omni to Roanoke, Virginia. The destination was Parkway Wesleyan Church where I would have a chance to work with a hero of mine, Dr. John Ott. I had just finished my years at...
Learn how to reach your dreams

Learn how to reach your dreams

Readers have called Grow Toward Your Dreams: Practical Steps to Discover, Optimize, and Unleash Your Potential a tool, guide and road map. “The most important variable in personal growth planning isn’t the plan. It’s the motivation behind the plan. Lasting personal...
Helping all my ‘Sams’

Helping all my ‘Sams’

When asked to sum up his goal as a professor at Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Mark Shannon, assistant professor of leadership and management, simply said, “My goal is to help all my ‘Sams.’” That answer necessitated the follow-up question of, “Who is Sam?” Sam is the...
Leading Like Jesus

Leading Like Jesus

My friend, Josmar, shared that she took offense when someone told her that she is a leader. “I’m not a dictator!” she replied. We agreed that the word “leader” brings a variety of reactions, depending on your definition. There is no...
Journey Into Spirit-filled Leadership

Journey Into Spirit-filled Leadership

Spirit-filled Leader My journey with Jesus and his still small voice has fine-tuned my definition to include “joyful surrender” and “courageous influence.” It’s not enough to surrender. It can mistakenly have residues of martyrdom,...
Co-pastoring: top 5 questions and insights

Co-pastoring: top 5 questions and insights

A couple of months ago, I was in Nashville, Tennessee, learning more about best practices for making disciples. In an off-handed comment, one of the pastors noted, “I wonder if there was something intentional about Jesus sending the disciples out two by two instead of...
Front stage, backstage

Front stage, backstage

Editor’s note: Kansas District Superintendent Ed Rotz speaks below to the balance all Christians, especially those in leadership, seek. Nearly 2,000 pastors and spouses will attend The Gathering this week. Pray for all attendees— that the Holy Spirit would encourage,...
10 personal questions to start 2019 well

10 personal questions to start 2019 well

Reflection is good for the soul. Personal reflection is even better if you act on it. You may not be an “end of the year – take a two-day retreat in the mountains” kind of person. I’m not either. I can think through and process these questions in the time it would...
Multiplying leaders in a distracted world

Multiplying leaders in a distracted world

Nehemiah is a favorite historical leader. He mobilized a discouraged and disappointed people to achieve a perceived impossible goal. The perceived impossibility was the rebuilding of the wall that surrounded the city of Jerusalem. The wall lay in ruins. And there was...
Mentoring across the gender gap for the sake of mission

Mentoring across the gender gap for the sake of mission

I have a friend who, somewhat unexpectedly, found herself as the senior pastor of a large, growing church. During her first year, having never been a lead pastor before, she knew she needed help navigating the exciting (and sometimes not so exciting) challenges of...
Call and Response: bridging the multiethnic gap  

Call and Response: bridging the multiethnic gap  

Multiethnic Ministries of The Wesleyan Church is hosting a shoulder event on October 4 in conjunction with the Call and Response Conference, in Rochester, New York. The Call and Response Conference will be held October 4 – 6, 2018. The Call and Response Conference,...
What mutual submission looks like in practice

What mutual submission looks like in practice

Many Christians, certainly most egalitarians, are familiar with Ephesians 5:21, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ” (NIV). But as well-known as this passage is, it’s still common to wonder what mutual submission actually looks like in practice. Here’s...
Next Gen leaders “huddle” in Canada

Next Gen leaders “huddle” in Canada

A group of Canadian Next Gen ministry leaders in the Atlantic District of The Wesleyan Church meets regularly for networking, growth, learning and encouragement. These Next Gen leaders in the greater Halifax, Nova Scotia, area meet on a quarterly basis in what they...
Did you expect your call to include power and authority?

Did you expect your call to include power and authority?

I am frequently asked the question, “How were you called to ministry?” Most people ask that and expect the St. Paul experience—a light from heaven, thrown off my horse, blind and now I see. They also want a short, sweet and definitive response. Frankly, I dread that...
One great distinction between managers and leaders

One great distinction between managers and leaders

All great leaders are good managers, but not all great managers are good leaders. This is not an article that lifts up leaders and devalues managers. Management is an essential function, and managers are highly valued members of the team. There are differences,...