Tim Patrick

Tim Patrick

Sunday, 15 July 2018 20:09

When the Past Upsets the Future

Have you ever observed the past upsetting the future? This can happen in a number of ways: being in the wrong place at the wrong time, painful experiences that haunt you down the road, poor decisions, failed relationships, inappropriate behavior, moral failure, and the like. The bad thing about the past upsetting the future is that our past should compliment our future, not delay, sidetrack, or cause defeat as we face it.

Sunday, 08 July 2018 18:43

The Empowering Leader

I recently spent time with a group of pastors walking through John Maxwell’s book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. I found myself comparing Jesus’ leadership with those advocated by John Maxwell. One principle, in particular, stood out like a golden nugget as I considered Jesus’ leadership. That principle was Empowering Others.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 09:08

The “Eyes” Have It

In the political world there is a phrase “the ayes have it.” This phrase refers to the yes votes having the majority in an election. A paraphrase is this, the yes votes control.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 09:04

Leadership is Lonely!

Do you ever feel the loneliness of leadership? When I feel like having a pity party, I often tell my wife I feel “so” lonely. Why is this the case? Why do we feel this pressure?

Monday, 11 June 2018 06:33

Avoiding Impulsive Leadership

Have you ever been guilty of impulsive leadership? Impulsive leadership happens when you plan an activity as an afterthought or in a hurry. Most often these occur because the activity is expected or the calendar dictates. For instance, if you serve in a location where a fall revival is a part of the church tradition, impulsive leadership can creep in. And the results will show your impulsiveness.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018 07:53

The Integrity of Approachability

Our approachability is vital. Our integrity is at stake.

 “Did you read my email?” A ministry friend asked me this question – he was following up on an earlier promotion that had sent me. At times like this you have several choices: lie, act dumb, or admit the truth. By the time the question was posed (truthfully) I could not remember the email correspondence. My answer was, “I cannot remember getting the promotion.”

Friday, 04 May 2018 13:11

Self-Glory

Are you ever guilty of worshipping yourself? What a disturbing possibility! In his book, Dangerous Calling, Paul David Tripp says, “Perhaps in ministry there is no more potent intoxicant than the praise of men, and there is no more dangerous form of drunkenness than to be drunk with your own glory.” (p. 167)

Monday, 30 April 2018 09:15

The Hard Work of Communication

Let me say up front, I AM NO EXPERT ON THIS SUBJECT! There, I’ve cleared my conscience.

Friday, 13 April 2018 15:13

IN SPITE OF

Years ago I cut an article from a magazine entitled, “In Spite Of.” The writer, J.B. Fowler, was editor of a Christian newspaper. Fowler referenced people who had significant life accomplishments “in spite of” challenging circumstances. Some of the examples he used included:

Saturday, 07 April 2018 21:00

Light Houses Don’t Compete

Have you ever been envious of another church or another minister? Come on, all of us have been affected by such emotions!

As a young preacher I sometimes dreamed of walking in Billy Graham’s shoes. As a pastor I sometimes dreamed of leading the next Saddleback. Our desire to reach such heights varies in intensity and scope, but it is there.

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