Mr. Rogers' advice to discouraged pastors

"Do the best you can, and leave the results to God." That statement may seem trite and a bit worn to discouraged pastors, but it’s filled with truth.


3 ministry lessons I learned from my father’s passing

In the last few years of my father’s life, he and I bonded closer than we ever had before. He would reminisce about his younger days as a jazz musician, serving in World War II, meeting my mother and how his faith in Christ sustained and guided him. As I ...
June 27, 2016   Lang Montgomery

Why every pastor needs a therapist

A pastor must be very wise in choosing a confidant.
January 23, 2016   Mark Lenz


Is being altogether loving mutually exclusive of black and white? In today’s climate of moral relativism and faith-based reverse discrimination, isn’t it possible someone can be both full of Christ-like love AND convinced of the reality of a right and wrong? Can we love completely and still say, “You’re wrong.”? ...
December 07, 2015   Dave Blundell

How to keep your body language from betraying your thoughts

Leadership Principle #58:  The leader who consciously manages his thought life will rarely be betrayed by his body language. “For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any two-edged sword … it is a judge of the ideas and thoughts of the heart.”  – Heb 4:12 ...
March 09, 2015   Tom Harper

Mediate conflict by playing ping pong

Leadership Principle #57:  When resolving conflict among team members, ping-pong between authority and relationship. “Since I am confident of your obedience, I am writing to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.”  – Phm 1:21 Philemon was a new Christian convert and dear friend of Paul. ...
November 13, 2014   Tom Harper

Encourage healthy debate

Leadership Principle #56:  Focus on the positive while managing the negative. “But avoid foolish debates, genealogies, quarrels, and disputes about the law, for they are unprofitable and worthless. Reject a divisive person after a first and second warning…” – Titus 3:9-10 Have you ever been in a team meeting where ...
September 26, 2014   Tom Harper

Leaders should be farmers

Like a farmer, the successful leader understands the seasons of his or her organization and capitalizes on its rhythm.
September 02, 2014   Tom Harper

Throw new leaders into the lair

Leadership Principle #54:  Tested, battle-weary leaders are the ones people follow. "[T]hey must also be tested first; if they prove blameless, then they can serve as deacons."  - 1 Ti 3:10 In 1755, during the French and Indian War, George Washington served under proud British veteran General Braddock. When Washington ...
July 28, 2014   Tom Harper

Lead like a Pauline hybrid

Leadership Principle #53:  The hybrid leader diagnoses a situation, discerns the required leadership style, and applies it to the best of his or her ability. “Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions you were taught, either by our message or by our letter.” – 2 Th 2:15 In ...
June 06, 2014   Tom Harper

Don’t fall for every wise word you hear

Leadership Principle #51:  Don’t idolize the human wisdom you read, hear, or experience. Be enough of a leader to question it or only apply a piece of it.“I am saying this so that no one will deceive you with persuasive arguments.”  – Col 2:4Have you ever read a leadership bestseller, ...
April 17, 2014   Tom Harper

Build leaders who build leaders

Leadership Principle #50:  Before hiring a star no one knows, look for people already on board who have a reputation for helping others succeed. “Do nothing out of rivalry or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves.”  – Php 2:3Looking for the next star performer to ...
March 27, 2014   Tom Harper

Soak your shield before battle

Leadership Principle #49:  Plan your responses to disasters and crime before they happen.     “In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.” – Eph 6:16What are the uncontrollable threats to your organization? Have you ...
February 26, 2014   Tom Harper

Christian CEOs: Don’t settle for giving money

Leadership Principle #48:  The best kind of corporate giving is when it’s part of your strategic model and not simply an investment in positive PR.    “They asked only that we would remember the poor, which I made every effort to do.”  – Gal. 2:10In 1789, young William Wilberforce forfeited ...
February 03, 2014   Tom Harper

When problems multiply, steal and pluck

Leadership Principle #47:  When vast operational problems threaten to sink the ship, the leader must force people to help each other and ruthlessly remove inefficiencies. “[A]t the present time your surplus is [available] for their need, so that their abundance may also become [available] for your need, that there may ...
January 09, 2014   Tom Harper
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While most new leadership books proudly promote themselves as the antidote to previous thinking, Leading from the Lions' Den takes pride in drawing its wisdom from ideas that have been available for a very long time in the unchanging Word of God. Here, author Tom R. Harper expounds upon one surprising principle from each of the Bible's sixty-six books. Each concept goes toward explaining human nature, which, when understood, is the foundation of business success.


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