Leadership Lesson From The World's Worst Accountant

I was the world's worst accountant.

After college, I went to seminary for a year. And then after my wife and I were married, I took a year off. I was also working in campus ministry and chose to spend the first year of our marriage barely seeing each other as we juggled multiple jobs to make ends meet.

So I used my undergraduate degree in accounting and was able to land a job as an accountant in a medium-sized in office in Birmingham where Lindsey and I lived at the time.

I started in October, and on the last day of tax season, I was informed that the firm was hiring two new tax accountants and that my services were no longer needed.

Why? Because I was the world's worst accountant.

Are Your Relationships Healthy?

Guest post by Tal Prince.

We have all sat through some roll calls in our life, and the more formal authority figures sometimes required us to respond, “present.” 

What did you mean when you answered? Did you mean that you were fully there, or did you mean that you were merely physically in the room? 

For most of us, we meant we were physically there, but that was about it.

Is that true for you during staff meetings and lunches with friends? Is it sometimes true in your marriage or with your children? 

It is so easy these days to be physically present, but mentally and emotionally distracted. Of all the shortages we have in our world, we are not suffering a shortage for distraction.

Do You Have The Strength To Lead?

So your first mistake was taking your shirt off.

And your second mistake was standing in front of a mirror when you took your shirt off.

You were able to avoid it at the beach - you kept your shirt on the whole time.

You stay away from gyms where people lift heavy things - no reason to let anyone else know that you have a hard time opening a jar of pickles.

But here you are staring at yourself in the mirror. And it's impossible to miss.

You're not in good shape.

5 Sneaky Ways That Pastors Misuse God's Rewards

5 Sneaky Ways That Pastors Misuse God's Rewards

If you want to use rewards well, remember that what you consider a 'reward' is really a trophy of God's grace. That thing you could misuse does not belong to you. It is a gift from God to be used in the service of a life that finds its deepest joy in loving Him and loving the people around you.

So take all of these gifts and do the next right thing. What that looks like will vary person-to-person but in the end, the proper way to use God's rewards is in obedience to him.

Are You Ready For Summer? [New Coaching Program]

Are You Ready For Summer? [New Coaching Program]

As we get into the summer, you might feel like you're at a crossroads. We all want to thrive as pastors but our work is hard, and we do stupid stuff that hurts. So talented leaders with good intentions end up hobbled - and if the statistics are true, a lot of us aren't going to make it to the end.

You may have heard someone say that every pastor needs a coach. Any questions why this is true? You weren't made to navigate the complexities of ministry on your own - and a great coach comes alongside you to help you run faithfully for the long haul.

That's why I'm launching a summer coaching program for pastors and ministry leaders. 

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