Category Archives: Stewardship

Selection* of Field Leaders, Part II (*Second Stewardship Practice)

As discussed in Part I, understanding current realities surrounding a vacated field leader position is a critical first step for this second stewardship practice.  Often this preparatory phase is omitted and a person is selected for the field leader position on old or inaccurate understandings, thus putting the new field leader Continue reading

Selection* of Field Leaders, Part I (*Second Stewardship Practice)

People stewardship requires much wisdom in its selection of team, country or regional leaders, the second stewardship practice.  The following three areas are of critical importance: understanding the specific contexts of a vacated leader role; recruiting individuals whose DNA, skills and values match the role; and finally, selecting the gifted and committed person who best suits the vacated role.  And while completing these tasks, do not forget to consistently practice your spiritual disciplines, remembering Continue reading

Spiritual Resilience III: Prayer

No one will argue that prayer is central to our spiritual health.  We even create helpful acrostics to assist us such as ACTS.  We talk a lot about its importance, but find the discipline of doing it more difficult.

Recently, I came across a short article by Gordon McDonald on how a prayer affects him.  The prayer highlighted one of the ACTS categories, but in a new practical, redemptive mode.  It was a new angle that probably was stimulated by his restoration journey.  It reminded me of Christ’s prayer and it’s affect on Him in the Garden.  It also reminded me of the many challenges a field leader faces Continue reading

Spiritual Resilience – Part II

On April 20, 2012 we wrote a post on “Spiritual Resilience: A key foundation for effective field leaders.”   We got two replies on how individuals sustain their own spiritual health.  Thanks, but we need a lot more interaction on this topic.

Let me add into the mix an interview from Leadership Journal with Peter Scazzero, pastor of the New Life Fellowship in New York City.   While you might not agree with all of Peter’s points, I think you will find the interview called “Emotional Stability” rich enough to stimulate your thinking.  And the church has also come up with 12 “Rules of Life” for the pastoral staff.

Read and think about the demands of being a field leader.  Give us comments on your reaction to the material.  More importantly, share your ideas on your own practical “rules of life” (principles) that you want to live by.  Blessings as you serve.

Developing a Leadership Reservoir* (*First Stewardship Practice)

There are many reasons for needing new field leaders on a regular basis, in addition to the regular emergencies that demand an immediate replacement: expansion of ministry, illness of field leaders or their immediate or extended family, change of family needs, leader burn-out, and sensing a misalignment of one’s personal call with field role.  These are just a few reasons.  The need for “field leaders in waiting” was confirmed by IMPACT research data: Continue reading

Stewardship of Field Leaders: Foundational practices for mission organizations

In our work with mission leaders, a common concern is that too few team, country or area leaders are available to meet the requests for help.  They ask, “Has anyone found a way to sustain a leaders’ reserve for the unexpected opportunities?”

What we have learned is that current practices in most mission organizations are inadequate.  Selecting gifted leaders without giving effective onboarding, oversight and development is a recipe for high attrition and limited effectiveness.

I wish that the answer Continue reading