“Leading on Empty,” by Pastor Wayne Cordeiro… I sat in the Glider In Kadens nursery and read this entire book in 3 day…
If you are a senior pastor…student pastor..assistant pastor….children’s pastor…Evangelist…missionary…seriously…I can’t say this strong enough–GET THIS BOOK …AND READ IT!
MOST people do not understand pastgors! In fact, I’ve heard it said to understand a pastor you have got to be a pastor.
Here are a few highlights from the book…
- “We don’t forget that we are Christians. We forget that we are human, and that one oversight alone can debilitate the potential of our future.”
- “Pastors are expected to lead even when the desire or inclination to do so is severely challenged. I knew others loved me, but living up to the expectations systemically ingrained into the fabric of who I was became the person I could not escape.”
- “Gradually my creativity began to flag, and I found it easier to imitate rather than innovate. I was backing away from the very things that used to challenge and invigorate me.”
- “Zeal and good intentions can fuel us in the beginning, but they won’t last over the long haul…high self expectations can eventually eat full time shepherds alive.”
- “I was fixing everybody’s problems except my own, and I needed time to replenish my spirit.”
- “I wonder how much more effective our churches would be if we made the pastor’s spiritual health–not the pastor’s efficiency–our number one priority.” Quote from Philip Yancy in the book
- “In a sense, a pastor never punches out. Of course some may, but for those who see their profession as a calling, they simply cannot.”
- “Many times we won’t make major course corrections until the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of making the change.”
- “While everyone in our great church loves the Cordeiro family, I have come to realize that nobody is fighting for my family. That’s my job.”
- “Yesterday’s great ideas get tired today, and churches, even great ones, can get tired. Without wise and hungry leaders, a church’s endeavors will flatline.”
Great Book…If you are flat lining in ministry GET THIS BOOK AND READ IT!
I just finished “Forgotten God” by Francis Chan. I really enjoyed the book, I then went and I found this review @ theendisforever.comblog (Jordan Muck) I agree with what he is saying about the book…
What is Forgotten God?
“Francis Chan offers a compelling invitation to understand, embrace, and follow the Holy Spirit’s direction in our lives. In the name of the Father, the Son, and … the Holy Spirit. We pray in the name of all three, but how often do we live with an awareness of only the first two? As Jesus ascended into heaven, He promised to send the Holy Spirit–the Helper–so that we could be true and living witnesses for Christ. Unfortunately, today’s church has admired the gift but neglected to open it. Breakthrough author Francis Chan rips away paper and bows to get at the true source of the church’s power–the Holy Spirit. Chan contends that we’ve ignored the Spirit for far too long, and we are reaping the disastrous results. Thorough scriptural support and compelling narrative form Chan’s invitation to stop and remember the One we’ve forgotten, the Spirit of the living God.”
Crazy Love was his last book that I’m still processing..That being the case: Forgotten God is not a bad work directed at revealing how the Holy Spirit moves throughout us as Christians and in the church.
However, while the first couple of chapters may have been repetitive to the well versed, we can all learn a lot from the last chapters. We can hope and pray that they will speak to the believers heart regardless of where they are at in their walk.
“I’m willing to bet there are millions of churchgoers across America who cannot confidently say they have experienced His presence or action in their lives over the past year. And many of them do not believe they can. The benchmark of success in church services has become more about attendance than the movement of the Holy Spirit. The “entertainment” model of church was largely adopted in the 1980’s and ‘90’s and while it alleviated some of our boredom for a couple of hours a week, it filled our churches with self-focused consumers rather than self-sacrificing servants attuned to the Holy Spirit….The light of the American church is flickering and nearly extinguished, having largely sold out to the kingdoms and values of this world….We are not all we were made to be when everything in our lives and churches can be explained apart from the work and presence of the Spirit of God….shouldn’t there be a huge difference between the person who has the Spirit of God living inside of him or her and the person who does not?”
“The truth is that the Spirit of the living God is guaranteed to ask you to go somewhere or do something you wouldn’t normally want or choose to do. The Spirit will lead you into the way of the cross, as He led Jesus to the cross, and that is definitely not a safe or pretty or comfortable place to be. The Holy Spirit of God will mold you into the person you were made to be…”
Check out Chan’s work. It’s engaging material that you are sure to enjoy