"There’s a cross-section of the dechurched community that suffers not from a lack of faith, but a lack of trust."1 Often the "dechurched" have lost faith in "organized religion" because their leader was misusing the church's finances, according to John Richards. As I sat discussing my experience under a toxic leader with a fellow traveler … Continue reading Financial Integrity: Stewarding Leadership
It is interesting that in recent years, secular management experts have more and more given leaders help in biblical leadership. Where businesses and organizations were populated by leaders like Henry Ford and more recently, Steve Jobs, the focus in management research has moved towards respecting God's image-bearers. God's Image in My Employees Mind you, those … Continue reading Leadership: Respecting the Image
A current example of toxic leadership is explained in this open letter from a Willow Creek supporter who is calling out the leadership of Willow Creek after multiple attempts to challenge them to truthfulness and biblical leadership. This can provide an excellent example of how NOT to lead. We need to, as leaders in the church, go against our self-preservation when moral failure occurs.
An Open Letter to Tom DeVries
Before you read my first ever Blog post, I need to introduce myself. After graduating from seminary I was a college chaplain and then a senior pastor — both on the east coast. I have been a member of Willow Creek for more than 25 years. During my tenure at Willow, I served as an intern. I assisted teaching the spiritual gifts assessment classes. I have served as a marrying pastor, funeral pastor, small group leader, section leader and response pastor. I have attended the GLS numerous times. Over the years, my wife and I have hosted GLS attendees from the U.S., the Netherlands (2x), and Namibia (2x). I have invited co-workers and family members to attend the GLS and attended with them.
I am jealous for Willow Creek Church!
I do not personally have a dog in this race.
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For the Christian, we know God has given us what we need to glorify Him and enjoy Him forever. However, we sometimes feel trapped by our understanding of His direction. We may think when we are serving in a Christian ministry that there is a one-way road map when dealing with a self-serving and destructive … Continue reading 3 Biblical Ways to Respond to Toxic Bosses
This is part 4 of a series of articles describing the experiences of Christian organization employees working under abusive bosses. These articles are the fruit of interviews with employees who sought diligently to respond to their foul bosses in biblical and thoughtful ways. This article describes their application of Matthew 7:1-6. This site is largely … Continue reading Experiencing Matthew 7 Under a Toxic Boss