Reading and Leading

Ryan NealLeadership, Ryan Neal

Reading

Ryan NealDr. Neal earned a BA in Political Science from Texas Tech University. He then pursued theological and ministerial training and is a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDivBL), and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (MTh; PhD). He is married to Jennifer, and they have four children. Dr. Neal’s teaching and research focuses on the relationship between biblical interpretation … Read More

Why You Should Attend Conferences

Kris BarnettKristopher Barnett, Leadership

NCP Conferences

The flyer comes across your desk or the email hits your inbox.  Captivating images and flashy fonts capture your attention.  The subtle message imbedded in the creative presentation says, “Come to our conference!”  You delete many of these ads a week, perhaps a day, but this one stands out.  Maybe the subject matter tweaks your interest or perhaps you follow … Read More

The 3 M’s of Leadership

Tim McKnightLeadership, Tim McKnight

Leadership

The 3 M’s of Leadership originally appeared in the February edition of The Courier. Header images provided through creative commons by the U.S. Army. One of the most powerful memories I have of the Army involves standing in a chow line with other officers waiting for our enlisted soldiers to get their food.  The reason we stood in line rather … Read More

The Danger of Yes | Time Management

Kris BarnettKristopher Barnett, Leadership

Time Management - Danger of Yes

Everyone has 24 hours in the day and in spite of continued technological advancements we cannot manufacture any more minutes.  This makes time arguably the most valuable commodity.  While all professions struggle with time management, ministers seem particularly susceptible to the temptation of busyness. Christianity Today recently re-posted a great article from Eugene Peterson, The Unbusy Pastor. Peterson provides the … Read More

Permanent Promises in a Passing Life

Bryan CribbBryan Cribb, Culture, Devotions, Leadership

Count me among the millions of readers who have been blessed over the decades by the writing and ministry of J. I. Packer. His some 300-plus essays, articles, and books, such as Knowing God, have made an impact on innumerable lives, mine included. So, when it was recently revealed that the nearly ninety-year-old Packer had lost his vision and would … Read More

Leadership is Team-Building

Michael DuduitLeadership, Michael Duduit

As a young man, I thought leadership was primarily about what I could accomplish. As I have added some gray hair (and a few inches), I have come to recognize that I can accomplish far more as a leader by motivating and mobilizing a team rather than focusing on my own activities. In an article by John Maxwell, he observes: … Read More

Reading Less, Binge-Watch More

Ryan NealCulture, Leadership, Ryan Neal

wisdom

Some bemoan the lack of in-depth reading and engagement in longer, nuanced, sustained narratives. We don’t read anymore (or most of us anyway). Our attention spans are too short. We want the shortcut. The 140 character tweet rather than the well-composed essay. The short blog or article rather than the real deal. We read for fewer minutes and what we … Read More

Gardner Taylor – A Pulpit Giant Lays Down the Mantle

Michael DuduitLeadership, Michael Duduit

The Rev. Gardner C. Taylor prays during his sermon at a historic meeting of four black Baptist denominations at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., in 2005. Religion News Service file photo by Michael Clancy. It could not have happened on a more appropriate day. Gardner C. Taylor, a giant of the American pulpit who had spent most of his … Read More

Ministering to the Forgotten Former Seminarians

Bryan CribbBryan Cribb, Church, Leadership

“Ninety Percent.” As a young aspiring minister-in-training, I remember hearing this number frequently—and annoyingly—as I packed my belongings and life and headed to seminary. According to well-meaning mentors, this oft-quoted number represented the percentage of seminarians no longer in full-time ministry after 10 years. They were the “drop-outs,” I was told; don’t be like them. For me, the number functioned … Read More