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You might enjoy reading the interview with Michael Hyatt in _corn-based_coffee_cups.jpg Productive! Magazine. You can get a free pdf here. Also, I encourage you to get a copy of Hyatt’s new e-book Creating Your Personal Life Plan.  You can still get a free copy here.

Far too many church leaders (ministers, pastors, elders, etc.) begin coasting at some point. This is a deadly practice and is toxic to ministry. Sometimes a seasoned church leader will become too comfortable in a certain way of doing ministry. This person begins to coast. The objective becomes maintaining the status quo. Often their defense is pragmatic. “Well it is working, isn’t it? Why shouldn’t I just keep doing what I’ve been doing?”

The problem with this mindset is that a person eventually stops learning, stops growing, and becomes stale. Congregations experience the same dynamic when they take this attitude. Such an approach to ministry severely limits the potential for effective future ministry.

Far better to realize that we often don’t know what we are doing and that we still have much to learn. Humility is a virtue, not a liability in Jesus’ ministry.

Have you been to the new Mentor Network Facebook page? If you haven’t already, please visit and leave a “like” or a message. I enjoy being a part of this ministry and believe this has the potential to make a difference for many Christian leaders.

Each morning, I have been reading a few pages of The Imitation of Christ by Thomas`a Kempis. Good book with lots of nuggets of inspiration and encouragement.

I wish every Christian leader would read this post: This is good wisdom for anyone living this lifestyle or for those of us who might envy those who live this way. (“6 Warning Signs of Being too Big for Your Britches.”)

Several years ago, I had coffee with the director of a para-church organization that is devoted to building up and encouraging families. This particular ministry had given him access to some people who were visible as marriage and family “experts.” At one point in the conversation, I asked him what it was like to interact with such authors. He replied that “For the most part, it has been great. I have interacted with some incredible people. I have also been disappointed a few times. There have been a few people who seem to be nothing like the impression they leave in their books.