Category: Leadership

The 2020 Singapore General Elections (GE) was an interesting experience for myself. Being away for overseas studies with family, this was the first time I was going to miss being able to vote (the nearest Singapore embassy was at least a 12-hour drive one-way). Having been away for almost a year has taught me many lessons, and also caused me to cherish and appreciate more what we have in Singapore. After the euphoria and hype of the elections begins to subside, I found myself reflecting what lessons we could learn, especially as the Church, the body of Christ, drawing from the life of David and the disciples.

1. Crisis is both a danger & an opportunity

In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, several secular and religious leaders have noted that a crisis can be both a danger and an opportunity, particularly if you consider the Chinese word for crisis 危机 (wéijī), literally a combination of two words, danger (危险 wéixiǎn) and opportunity (机会 jīhuì). Nations and governments have had to deal with the widespread coronavirus from both within and without their borders, forcing massive air travel restrictions, severe lockdowns and quarantines, and ramping up of support for healthcare and frontline workers and infrastructures. Our Singapore government was hailed as a leading role model in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, especially in containment of imported and community cases, but also met some roadbumps in dealing with cases amongst foreign worker dormitories. Many questioned the calling of the elections in the midst of this pandemic as well. Although the initial predictions and political rhetoric was leaning towards the ruling party, to trust in and fall back on reliable leadership, and not to “rock the boat” in times of crisis, Singaporeans also showed that this could also be the impetus towards breaking new ground, making alternative choices, and taking a chance on new candidates.

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In the span of 2 weeks, we celebrated Father’s Day, my son’s 9th birthday, & the Fourth of July (America’s Independence Day). As we were preparing for the birthday celebrations, my wife noted that we’ve been parents for 9 years. As I was reflecting on Ps. 78, it seemed to be rather appropriate for these 2 weeks of events.

Psalm 78 is significant in the Bible and to me for various reasons. It is the basis for this blog’s title and focus, the concept of “skillful shepherds,” found in the last verse 72,

So he shepherded them according to the integrity of his heart,
And guided them with his skillful hands.

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Pastor Joseph Mattera wrote an article in response to the recent resignation of Mark Driscoll as lead pastor of Mars Hill Church. Here’s a summary of his main points.

  1. There is less tolerance for a top-down leadership style in today’s culture.
  2. There is much more scrutiny today because of social media.
  3. Love is more important than achievement and results.
  4. All executive leaders and lead pastors need both internal and external accountability.
  5. The church often elevates gifted people who are not emotionally mature.
  6. When we do not build on character and integrity, our foundation is sand.
  7. There are no shortcuts to success.
  8. Know who your true friends are before the crisis hits.
  9. Leaders need to prioritize spiritual formation in the midst of a busy schedule.
  10. It is not how you start but how you finish that matters most.

Read the full article here.

The problem with pizzazz

Leadership Journal interviewed Chuck Swindoll about the use of entertainment values in worship, based on his latest book, The Church Awakening: An Urgent Call for Renewal, which outlines the dangers when churches seek the world’s affirmation and copy the world’s methods.

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Leadership strategy of Jesus

Michael Hyatt wrote an interesting observation about Jesus’ leadership strategy as compared to contemporary and secular leadership models.

  1. Jesus taught the masses.
  2. Jesus mobilized the seventy.
  3. Jesus trained the twelve.
  4. Jesus confided in the three.

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Marks of authentic leadership

Michael Hyatt suggests 5 key marks of authentic leaders:

  1. Authentic leaders have insight.
  2. Authentic leaders demonstrate initiative.
  3. Authentic leaders exert influence.
  4. Authentic leaders have impact.
  5. Authentic leaders exercise integrity.

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Excerpts by Les Puryear on Glenn Daman’s Leading the Small Church.

Misperceptions about success in the small church:
1. Successful pastors are visionaries
2. Successful pastors are effective CEOs
3. Successful pastors are program developers
4. Successful pastors are growth agents
5. Successful pastors serve large churches
6. Successful pastors are well-loved

10 signs of a secure leader
by Perry Noble (05 Nov 2009)

  1. Realizes he has nothing to prove!
  2. Works for the applause of heaven and not for the applause of men.
  3. Seeks God for direction instead of merely asking Him for permission.
  4. Doesn’t pretend that he has all the answers.
  5. Seeks to submit to the Spirit instead of constantly grieving Him.
  6. Understands that he will go insane if his goal is for everyone to understand him.
  7. Is willing to repent when he is wrong…and do whatever it takes to make things right.
  8. Puts personal preferences aside when making decisions that will impact the church.
  9. Has a sense of desperation for God…fully understanding the reality of John 15:5.
  10. Refuses to compromise the vision…even when it may be convenient to do so!

Bonus:  Doesn’t have the majority of comments on his own blog.

Determine your ministry age
by Jimmy Long (Leadership, 12 Oct 2009)

An interesting online quiz that you can take to determine your ministry age, which might not represent your birth age, nor your years of ministry experience. The subtitle reads, “Do your assumptions about leadership reflect the values of your generation?” Long goes on to explain, “This tool is intended to foster dialogue between older and younger leaders about their divergent views and contribute to greater understanding between the generations.”

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