Nobody wants to lead a bureaucratic mess of an organization. How do you know when you are slouching toward bureaucracy and what can you do about it? Here are six symptoms and a few ways to combat this soul-crushing evil. Symptom #1: Tooth to Tail Ratio Slips This refers to the number of people executing . . . read more
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So, you are the newly appointed Missions Pastor, Global Missions Team Leader, or other influencer in the local church. What do you read? Here is a list to get you started. These titles all link to Amazon.com so you can read the reviews and order if you like. Cross Cultural Issues American Cultural Baggage: How . . . read more
I read a ton of books. Probably too many. Here are a few ideas that I use that might help you to jump start your reading life. Develop a Plan I don’t read just anything but I have a specific plan of attack. Here is my outline which you can modify in any way you . . . read more
I was reading Kevin Kelly’s book, The Inevitable, in preparation for this month’s Leader’s Edge. There are many good ideas in the book, but this one stuck out to me.
by Marv Newell. As 2016 comes to a close, we pause to honor and remember those influential and distinguished missionary statespersons who dedicated their lives in the service of the Great Commission. Ted W. Ward, 85, professor of education and missions, ministry consultant, and noted seminar leader, died on January 9, 2016. Ward was professor . . . read more
by Ted Esler I have visited many Muslim cultures around Christmas and sometimes I am shocked to see just how much “Santa” can be present. It is funny to me since each year we hear about the “war on Christmas” in American culture, yet in some Islamic countries you see Christmas trappings for weeks leading . . . read more
by Ted Esler What if I told you I knew of a way to communicate the Gospel that far outpaces anything we have come up with so far? Better than sermons, tracts, films and recordings? Better than various church planting strategies, community development, health workers or education? Yes, better than all of those and more. What . . . read more
by Ted Esler A joke that I have told many times comes to mind whenever controversial topics are discussed (in fact, my wife rolls her eyes when I begin). Yet, it remains a classic! It goes like this: There was a traditional older lady from a conservative church who had lived her life behind the . . . read more
by Ted Esler One of the dominant themes that emerged from from my doctoral research was that Jesus’ teaching went in two directions at the same time. By this, I mean that it was drawn from the deepest traditions of culture while simultaneously introducing something altogether new and treasonous to that same culture. Jesus was . . . read more
by Ted Esler Institutionalization is a process that affects all organizations as they grow. It doesn’t matter if it’s a church, a business or a missionary agency: the forces of institutionalization work to change the culture and approach of the organization (I am going to use the word “organization” here loosely – to refer to . . . read more