Leadership or Management, Which One Is Better?

LeadersManagersThere is so much that has been written on the importance of leadership and management over the years. Some people have pitted one against the other or highlighted one and hated the other, but I believe we need both! I think we’ve all met people who couldn’t manage well, so they ended up leading people all over the place or the long way to their destination. And we’ve also met people who could manage things…to death…because they weren’t going anywhere, but at least things were in order.

John Maxwell is famous for saying that “leadership is influence, nothing more, nothing less.” But it does seem that there is a bit more to leadership and influence that could be unpacked. There was a powerful quote that has stuck with me since last year’s International Convention. Dr. Matthew Thomas was teaching and quoted Dr. Myles Munroe: “Leadership is the capacity to influence others through inspiration motivated by a passion, generated by a vision, produced by a conviction, ignited by a purpose.”  Wow, that about does it, doesn’t it?

Leadership is about taking people or organizations places and management is about handling things (literally, mana = hand, anyway, I digress…)  Management is necessary for good leadership because it is what makes possible the execution of the things that move the people or organization forward. In other words, leaders create vision and managers help to carry it out. You could say that leadership is the process of pointing the direction and management is the process of taking care of the details to arrive at the destination. A leader could be a manager and a manager could be a leader.

Leadership is not just the capacity to inspire, but to influence and influence towards a vision because of a purpose: To get something done. But, if you don’t manage well you may have a bunch of inspired and influenced people who don’t know what to do next. Jesus challenged His followers to be good leaders and managers with the parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:21-30). He expected the servants to use both leadership (vision to see the possibilities of what to do with the talent) and management (the ability to carry the vision out successfully) in His story, but one of the servants thought that he could be safe by simply maintaining the asset he was given and was called wicked for doing so. People often confuse managing with maintaining, which may be one of the reasons that people have shied away from using titles like Manager or Administrator and have instead leaned towards things like Leader or Visionary.

Management often comes with a title, not always, but leadership can be done with or without titles. Leadership can be exerted whether or not you hold a title or a managerial position. King David is a great example of someone leading and managing without a title. Even when he was out in the wilderness escaping from Saul and without any earthly authority or title, people came and followed him (1 Samuel 22:1-2). David didn’t get the title of king until long after people had been following him…and he didn’t wait to start organizing people to get good things done until having a title either.

On the other side of that there are people who want the title or management position, but are not leading people anywhere. David’s grandson, Solomon’s son Rehoboam, was like that. He had a title but was led by his own pride and by his group of friends and there is not much to say of his reign besides the decline and loss that the people of Judah suffered during his “maintenance” (1 Kings 12:8-11).

I think, that when it comes to leadership and management, we’re all still learning! Let’s not be like the wicked servant or like Rehoboam who tried to maintain what they had instead of receiving a vision from God and then taking steps to carry it out! Press on to be the leader that God has called you to be, in whatever stage of life you are in. If that means learning to manage better then go for it! If it means being willing to lead without a title or formal recognition for the greater good then go for it!

One great book that I would recommend to you if you want to dig into this some more is The 360 Degree Leader by John Maxwell. Is there a book that you have found helpful in growing in leadership or management?

Engaging Youth in Missions

by Fred Knip

Pre-building Prayer

Pre-Building Prayer

For 16 years I have been taking a group of high school students to Tijuana, Mexico, to build houses for the impoverished with YWAM’s Homes of Hope. It started out as a church group of twenty or so in 1998. After a few years the high school football team I coach asked if we were too holy for them and wondered why they couldn’t come along. That was a really good question. So, we welcomed the football team and other kids from the local high school. The administration then began to include us in their strategic school plan and over time we began to take more high school kids than local church kids. We ballooned up to 80 – 100 participants – more than 10% of the school’s population! The impact was direct and noticeable. Teens were being transformed and the community and school were being impacted. When we do God’s work, we meet God. The sweet aroma of Christ far outweighs the stench of the world.

Partial Completion

All of this came from simply welcoming teens to join us in serving others together.

CompleteThis year we partnered for the first time with Youth for Christ. They had been asking for years to partner with us, so this year we traveled to Mexico with 53 participants. On our way home we stopped in Lethbridge for a coffee break before trekking the last three and half hours back to Lacombe. My daughter, who attends U of L, met us there. She had been on numerous trips with us and asked if I would put a trip together for Young Adults who have Reading Week in February. So I thought about this.

As I thought about this I realized the March Break trip was in good hands with Youth for Christ. Could we really set up another trip just for Reading Week Young Adults? Because Tijuana is too cold in February, Homes of Hope did not have a Mission Adventure at that time of year. Could we do something else??? I have a friend, Phil Cunningham, who does the same thing we were doing in Tijuana but in Cambodia. He had sent me a newsletter last March so I followed up with him asking if we could bring a group of young adults to Phnom Penh in February to build a house and work among the less fortunate. Before we knew it, we were preparing to take a mission trip to Cambodia in February!


So, what started as a mission trip for teens from our church 16 years ago became a community wide mission trip. Now God has opened the door for us to help engage Young Adults in missions too! This February Zion Christian Fellowship is sponsoring the trip and it is open to anyone who wishes to join us, so we want to invite you to consider it too! The invitation website is www.cambodia2015.com.  We would love to help connect with you or any Young Adults you have who may be interested in engaging in these short term missions trips with us. If you’re not able to join us in serving in Cambodia, I still want to encourage you to find ways to engage Teens and Young Adults in Missions. There’s no telling what God can do when we serve Him by serving “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40).


How are you engaging your church and community in Missions this next year? Tell us what are some of the ways that you have found helpful in engaging people at different ages in being involved in missions. 


Fred Knip Pastors Zion Christian Fellowship in Ponoka, AB.

He Wants YOU!

By Juanita Price Hebard

Taiwan_StraitIt is as vivid in my mind as yesterday: The missionary had spoken and the altar was filled with tears and pledges to follow God. I found myself standing by the piano, at nine years of age, and the missionary was encouraging me—when I heard God speak directly to my heart “I want you to be a missionary!”  What an amazing journey it has been learning to follow the Lord’s voice through all the ups and downs he has allowed in my life since that day, while preparing me for today’s leg of my journey on the beautiful Island of Taiwan. Here is where I minister to broken women and families and rescue babies, while educating the public on the scars and seriousness of the shedding of innocent blood through abortion.

Today, I re-read the old story in Taiwan Mission Quarterly of how Canadian Missionary Ruth Helgeson came to Taiwan in 1951 (Click here and then click “Download this issue” and read pages 57-61). She gave half a century of her life to Taiwan, retiring to Canada in 2001 at age 80. I remember hearing Sister Ruth share her fascinating Formosan stories at the Philadelphia Church, where I attended the Seattle Bible College from 1971 to 1975. After many years of ministering with Teen Challenge, mission trips, and working in missions; God also called me to this beautiful Island of Taiwan in October of 2001. I moved January 9, 2002. Why Taiwan?

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Taiwan Families are in Crisis!

  1. Missionaries arrived in Taiwan in 1865…yet most of the 23 million people have never heard the gospel
  2. Second highest rate of unmarried women in the world.
  3. Lowest birth rate in the world.
  4. Over 500,000 unwanted babies aborted per year.
  5. Highest divorce rate in Asia; third highest in the world. Highest group of divorce are those married within two years.
  6. One sexual abuse case every 27 minutes due to marital dysfunction.
  7. 63% of the fathers sacrifice family life for work which results in poor child character development.
  8. Among the population in Taiwan, every 1 in 20 is depressed.

For the past 12 ½ years, I have served as a missionary in Taiwan. Eight years ago, I was given the privilege of becoming the Executive Director for the Ray of Hope Crisis Pregnancy Ministry. This position was passed on to me from the Bedwells, the founding Missionaries from Calgary, Canada, who served Taiwan for around 32 years from Pastor John Lucas’s Church. Today, they are both now home with Jesus. I’ve heard many stories of the worthy work Missionary Ruth Helgeson did here before them and how the FCA churches supported her. Pastor David Bedwell came with a mission team from Pastor Lucas’s church to help Ruth. I often have churches tell me that they want to support missions in China.  I’m not sure that people realize the tremendous opportunity to serve China here in Taiwan.

Ray of Hope began in 1999 when FCA Missionaries David & Beverly Bedwells, a YWAM missionary, and a Southern Baptist missionary prayed together that God would raise someone up to deal with the sexual abuse and abortion issues in Taiwan.  Today, Ray of Hope has grown from a rented one floor-office to a donated six floor office building of 12 staff and a thrift store, which staffs a manager and three full-time ROH clients. In 2012, ROH moved our pregnant clients from a small, donated three-bedroom home to a large five-year, rent-free remodeled training center, which houses 14 clients. Staffs and volunteers now live in the former client’s home. We are extremely grateful to Pastor John Lucas, who has continued to believe in and promote this desperately needed ministry to the church and public of Taiwan. Donations from Canada and American churches have helped us accomplish our remodeling and paying ROH bills & staff all these years, where faithful volunteers are virtually unheard of. The Taiwanese people are now beginning to slowly step forward in giving to this “strange” ministry that tells them abortion is wrong.

There are now many opportunities to get involved in the ministries here in Taiwan; supporting ministries financially, sending Bible School students to do their practicum, and by sending short term mission teams to help with ministry and church planting here on this beautiful island of Formosa Taiwan. People are hungry and open here and missionaries are loved and accepted. I urge you to pray for Taiwan and that the Lord would send forth more laborers into this Taiwan harvest field, and God will call them, as He called me—in much the same way as He called Missionary Ruth.

Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people. Psalm 82:4

Juanita Hebard is Executive Director of Ray of Hope in Taiwan and is sent as an FCA Missionary. Contact her to find out more about connecting the next time she is in the US or Canada or about how you can be involved with what God is doing in Taiwan. 

Cutting Edge Pastor Uses GoPro Camera While He Preaches

Here’s a humorous news article on what we could do with new technology!

sleepinCutting edge Cloquet pastor uses GoPro camera while he preaches. In what is likely to become the next viral video, Fred Goldschmidt from Cloquet Gospel Tabernacle is using this unique homiletic approach. Now congregants can go online, search last week’s sermon, and watch themselves as they listen to the sermon. “They’ll see what I see when I preach”, says Pastor Fred. Church attenders can see themselves in rapt attention, or nodding their heads in affirmation, and at times, gently close their eyes in quiet contemplation. A favorite sight is when Pastor Fred tells a particularly humorous personal childhood anecdote, and the audience in unison awakens to the point made clear by the illustration. They can even compare themselves to other listeners to see who is the better “hearer of the word.”

Pastor Fred hopes to take the experience to the next level soon by making the GoPro camera a live streaming broadcast. “Imagine the excitement of using your smart phone in church and watching yourself watching the pastor and being transformed by the washing of God’s Word!”, says Pastor Fred. The church believes this is just the kind of ministry today’s young people need to make “Tabernacle” a cool word again. They are even considering marketing the program under the name “GoPreach Great Commission Camera.”


By Fred Goldschmidt, associate pastor at Cloquet Gospel Tabernacle in Cloquet, Minnesota.

The Benefits Of Not Fitting In

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Certain attributes stand out in a crowd, no matter what you do. Red hair, for example. Unusual height (ask me about that one!). A non-majority skin color.

Other things, however, can be covered over. Especially in the spiritual realm. I got to thinking about this while recently reading two different Bible accounts, one in the Old Testament and the other in the New. Both of them turned out better than might have been expected at the start.

The first chapter of Daniel tells about four young Hebrews who had been selected for fast-tracking into the imperial service of Babylon. Things were going smoothly—until they took issue with the dining hall menu. Something about a conflict with Jewish dietary law.

Running afoul of Nebuchadnezzar’s deputy was not a smart move no matter how you look at it. The Babylonian was mystified. Everybody he knew had eaten this food all their lives, and enjoyed it. Soon he was complaining along the lines of “Hey, you guys are going to get me in serious trouble” (see 1:10). Why couldn’t they just go with the flow? It’s a wonder he didn’t promptly kick the four out of the program.

Maybe that was due to Daniel’s diplomatic touch. The young man did not lecture on the evils of pork or shellfish. Instead, he negotiated a ten-day test. At the end, the court official was convinced to grant the foursome an exception. The plain food didn’t set them back at all; in fact, when the king brought them in for their final examination, “he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah…. He found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom” (1:19-20). Job security followed immediately.

The law of Moses had given no such guarantee for obedience under pressure. But the four stood by their convictions regardless of the unpopularity … and reaped a pleasant surprise.

The other story, in Acts 2, is not about a moral belief but rather a divine incursion. The 120 disciples, huddling in an upstairs prayer meeting, received a cascade of Holy Spirit phenomena: a sudden burst of wind, outbreaks of fire above each person’s head, and the eruption of praises to God in more than a dozen languages none of them had studied. Crazy!

There was no hiding that morning. It was all noisy enough that people down at street level took notice, “amazed and perplexed” (v. 12). Craning their necks, some made wisecracks (“They have had too much wine”—v. 13), but more of the gathering crowd were curious, asking, “What does this mean?” (v. 12). Peter soon stood up (on a staircase? at an open window?) to answer their question.

They could tell at a glance that he and the others were not well-educated people. They weren’t like the woman my wife and I met a few years ago here in our city, a political refugee from the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo). She speaks at least seven languages: French, English, Lingala, Swahili, Tshiluba, Tshikete (her mother tongue), and Kituba/Kikongo. When we gather for prayer, she sings in any of these, and we’ve come to cherish her spiritual heart as well as her intellect.

The Upper Room crowd, however, were just ordinary Galileans—fishermen, farmers, homemakers. They’d had precious little schooling. They weren’t used to being in the public eye. On this day, however, there was no avoiding the glare of the spotlight. And they couldn’t help thinking that what had drawn the crowd’s attention was not exactly, shall we say, “seeker-sensitive.” Neither, for that matter, was Peter’s impromptu follow-up, with blunt lines such as “… you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross” (v. 23).

Yet, the Spirit knew what he was doing. His shock treatment turned out to launch the Christian church. By the end of the day, there were at least 3,000 more believers in the Messiah than when the sun had come up. Who’d a-thunk it?

The question for us is: Is there anything in my life as a Christian that’s “abnormal” to the casual viewer? Whether in the moral area, the supernatural area, or anywhere else, does anything stand out? Am I open to absorb the heat, the misunderstanding, the drama that goes along with taking the road less traveled that God has in mind for me?

He sometimes needs people who are willing not to fit in.

Dean Merrill is the author of 10 books and co-author of 35 other books. He has served the FCA and many other ministries through his gifts as a writer and editor. He and his wife Grace live in Colorado Springs. For more of his writings, see: www.deanmerrill.com (this article first appeared on www.deanmerrill.com).