Category: Discipleship

CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS……CAREFULLY! Your future depends on it

J Oswald Sanders 1983 - Copy (3)

One of the wisest persons in the Bible wrote the following words that have served me well in my life of ministry :
“The righteous choose their friends carefully, But the way of the wicked leads them astray.”  Proverbs 12:26

So important was this principle for his readers to take to heart, that he repeated it in varying ways through the book of Proverbs.
“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” Proverbs 13:20
“A gossip betrays a confidence, so avoid anyone who talks too much.” Proverbs 20:19
“Do not make friends with a hot-tempered person, do not associate with one easily angered,


Rod Denton Induction at Elizabeth Church of Christ_2012 - Copy (2)(11) “ EVERY TIME YOU SAY “YES”, YOU CAN ALSO BE SAYING “NO”.”

When I started out in ministry I wrongly believed that I was meant to be a servant to people, and that they had a right to my time. I was a “yes” person. But there came a time when I understood that although I was to be a servant to people, they were not my master. Jesus was my master and as such, was Lord of my time. I was accountable to Him. That proved to be quite a change in the way I used my time.
Gradually, I learned to order my time according to …

An important leadership lesson. What do you do………..? WHEN YOUR MATES DESERT YOU

Sad-Images-Download-6-269x300It can be lonely at the top. Like the time the Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy from a damp, dark prison cell, on trial in a Roman court, believing that the time for his departure was near.

As I recently read this story, I couldn’t help being reminded of one of the great challenges that leaders need to be ready and equipped to face at critical times in their ministry. That being, what to do when your mates desert you? Paul describes this situation in 2 Timothy 4:16-17.
“At my first defence, NO ONE came to my support, but EVERYONE DESERTED me. May it not be held against them. But


Rod Denton Induction at Elizabeth Church of Christ_2012 - Copy (2)(1) “START AT THE TOP AND WORK YOUR WAY DOWN. THEY MIGHT SAY NO BUT THEY COULD SAY YES. “
Dr Robert Clinton, a former professor of leadership at Fuller Seminary had five principles of mentoring. His first principle; it is the mentee’s responsibility to find a mentor. This could be interpreted as the principle of attraction.
Interestingly, it was near the completion of my first year of full time ministry that I attended a small groups seminar that was conducted by a gifted and experienced leader named John Mallison. I immediately was attracted to John and asked if I could meet him next time I was in his home …