Category Archives: Leadership Development

Moving Day

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I’ve been happily blogging with WordPress.com for a year now, and have decided to take Michael Hyatt’s advice and switch from a wordpress.com site to a self-hosted blog. So, this is my last post at PassTheCloak.Wordpress.com. All future posts will appear at my new, simpler address PinchofClay.com.

At first glance, you won’t see much difference other than “wordpress” has been removed from my address. But under the hood, there are some real improvements. I no longer have to deal with ads at the bottom of my posts, plus I have more options, like the wonderful RefTagger plugin that automatically hyperlinks all Bible verses.

Please take a moment to visit my new blog site and subscribe to my email list. I’ve already written my first post, which is a book review of the opening pages of Evangelism by Mack Stiles. Plus, all my old posts are archived there too.

The appearance may look similar, but this is a drastic change that takes blogging to another level. Ya’ll come over now, ya hear?

Stay On Target

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Men’s Discipleship is one of the top priorities of the church. The past couple years, I’ve met once a month on Saturday afternoons with a group of guys. We called it SaLT for “Servant Leadership Training.” We had some great discussions on the Nine Marks of a Healthy Church and Biblical Eldership. But I’ve long had a desire to do more.

As I recently preached from the book of Titus, we need more of our men to aspire to leadership in their families and in our church (you can listen to the sermon here if you missed it). But it is not fair to ask them to aspire to something if we are not also providing opportunities for them to get the necessary training.

Finding the right time for discipleship is a challenge. Weekdays are pretty much out of the picture because our guys in the military are simply too busy and their schedule is unpredictable. Saturday afternoons have worked OK, but are not really convenient for anyone.  So, we’re going to switch to Saturday mornings from 8 to 9am.

Along with the time change, we’re also switching up the format. There will be 30-40 minutes of teaching on some aspect of doctrine or leadership, then 20-30 minutes of table group discussion. My goal is to dismiss after one hour so our men can be out by 9 and return to their family and ministry duties.

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To signify this change, our group has been renamed On Target. This name captures our desire to help every man in the church stay on target with God, with his family, and with the world.

Our first meeting will be this Saturday, April 26, at 8 am. If you live in the Yucca Valley area, you’re welcome to join us. We’ll probably meet 2-3 times per month. This is not intended to replace our expository study of the Book of James in Men’s Bible Study, but rather to help us dig deeper in matters of doctrine and ministry training the rest of the month.

I’m praying this new program will strengthen the men of our church, and am eager to see what the Lord will do.

Question: What do you find most difficult about discipling men and raising up leaders? Click here to leave a comment.

Photo credit: U.S. Army Europe Images

We Have Liftoff

Space ShuttleToday I’m starting a new blog called “Pass the Cloak.”

I’ve been itching to get back into blogging, and with the New Year just around the corner, this seems like the perfect time.

All my past posts from The Desert Chronicle and Life Under the Sun have been archived here as well. I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to transfer all my old posts from Blogger over to WordPress.

The title of this blog “Pass the Cloak” is inspired by a story in 2 Kings. After years of hard and faithful ministry, the prophet Elijah finishes well. He is whisked away on a whirlwind and chariots of fire. Meanwhile, as the dust settles, we see Elisha left behind. He quietly picks up Elijah’s cloak, returns to the bank of the Jordan River, lowers the cloak, and experiences the very same spirit and power of God demonstrated by his mentor:

“Then he took the cloak of Elijah that had fallen from him and struck the water, saying, ‘Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?’ And when he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over” (2 Kings 2:14).

Elijah’s time on earth had come to an end. But his legacy and message would live on through his disciple Elisha.

That passage, like this blog, is a challenge for church leaders to effectively “pass the cloak” to the next generation. Our time is so short. As Paul told Timothy, we must “entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2).

Who am I writing for? First of all, for men in our own church who are growing as leaders. I want an online platform for discussion. Secondly, for pastors of other churches — to encourage and equip them to develop leaders in their own congregations. Thirdly, for students in the CBU Applied Theology program. But even more broadly, for anyone on the web who has an interest in spiritual issues and Christian leadership.

I hope you’ll stop by regularly and join the conversation! You can also follow this blog by RSS feed or click near the top-right of this page to “Subscribe By Email.”

Question: What ministry issues and leadership topics would you like to see on this blog? Share your thoughts by clicking here.