Posts Tagged ‘Discernment’

Discernment or Faultfinding By Dr. Bob Snyder

What’s the difference between discernment and faultfinding? Discernment is the judgment that God encourages as I seek His guidance, whereas faultfinding often finds its roots in my feelings and opinions. This tendency to find fault often arises out of my sense of inadequacy – my need to be right and superior to someone else. When…

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To Conceal or Disclose By Alec Hill

Conceal or Disclose: When Keeping a Secret Can Be Good or Bad It takes wisdom to discern the right time to conceal or disclose sensitive information. When I became InterVarsity’s president, my intent was to be fully transparent. No secrets. But overtime, I began to rethink my approach. I came to see that some secrets…

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Framework for Discernment Retreats By Dr. Gary G. Hoag

Discernment Retreats to Align Your Ministry to God’s Plan We can’t plan travel or program retreats as we did in the past. This has led us as church and ministry workers to set aside our desires with fasting to discern God’s heart. We have had to rethink how we do what we do. This has…

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The Challenge to Define Reality By Scott Rodin

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.  ~ Max De Pree We may agree that to define reality is good advice, but it may be more difficult than we think. How does a leader define what is real for their organization? The need to define reality assumes that there are a host…

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Discern Direction By Dr. Gary Hoag

Discover the four critical practices that will enable you to discern direction for your ministry. By Dr. Gary Hoag ~  Recently, a non-profit ministry board chair and executive director asked me for advice on discerning direction for the organization they served. After further inquiry on my part, I learned that they were looking for clarity…

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The Distinctive of Spiritual Leadership

By Ruth Haley Barton Many of us have a vague idea that there should be something different about our leadership as Christians—particularly if we’re leading a church or Christian organization—but the difference often gets reduced to a perfunctory prayer at the beginning of a meeting! What is it, then, that distinguishes spiritual leadership? At the…

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