Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Leadership Lessons from 50 Years of Ministry

Chuck Swindoll, the well-known Bible teacher and chancellor of Dallas Theological Seminary, offers 10 lessons from nearly 50 years of ministry.
  1. It’s lonely to lead. Leadership involves tough decisions. The tougher the decision, the lonelier it is.
  2. It’s dangerous to succeed. I’m most concerned for those who aren’t even 30 and are very gifted and successful. Sometimes God uses someone right out of youth, but usually he uses leaders who have been crushed
  3. It’s hardest at home. No one ever told me this in Seminary.
  4. It’s essential to be real. If there’s one realm where phoniness is common, it’s among leaders. Stay real.
  5. It’s painful to obey. The Lord will direct you to do some things that won’t be your choice. Invariably you will give up what you want to do for the cross.
  6. Brokenness and failure are necessary.
  7. Attititude is more important than actions. Your family may not have told you: some of you are hard to be around. A bad attitude overshadows good actions.
  8. Integrity eclipse image. Today we highlight image. But it’s what you’re doing behind the scenes.
  9. God's way is better than my way.
  10. Christlikeness begins and ends with humility.
Which one strikes you? What would you add?


  1. I think his "Leadership Lessons" (especially #5) really exemplifiy Paul's seeming frustration in Galations 5 and Romans 7. The constant battle between the flesh and the spirit. Being a leader has to just intensify that battle within because all eyes and opinions are always on you as the leader. God bless those that are willing and able to lead!! Thanks Jared and Jeremy!

  2. What a great encouragement. Not just for Pastors but for those in any form of leadership in ministry! I personally really needed this post as an encouragment today.When a Christian in engaged in Kingdom building the enemy will shoot arrows...that is why the armor of God is so important! Thanks to Chuck Swindoll for his wonderful ministry and faithfulness, but as to Jeremy and Jared...both of you are greatly missed in Northwest Indiana...thank you for your faithfulness as well!!!

    Until the Nets are Full,
    Doug VanDer Weide

  3. Wow, I find this so applicable especially #3-6. I have come across that a lot this year. One thing I remember from your ordination is "We preach way above our means". I have seen many people preach and teach Godliness, and I have witnessed people say some really ungodly things seconds before and after preaching and teaching.

    I find Jame's charge to us,James 3, to be a VITAL part of ministry Walk|Talk/Integrity.