Category Archives: The Tractor: Leadership

Reflections on leadership; what it takes to pull the heavy loads over the long haul.

VQ and PQ: Two Indispensible Leadership Keys

I discovered something recently that has revolutionized the way I gauge the future success or failure of leaders. I call it a leader’s VQ and PQ. The VQ stands for Vision Quotient. What is the leader’s vision for the future of … Continue reading

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Desiring the Kingdom: A Critical Book Review

The following is a book summary and critical review of James K. A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom. I highly recommend the book for anyone in Christian leadership or education. It is a lengthy post, but I believer readers will find it … Continue reading

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Top 10 Characteristics of Good Leaders

“You learn far more from negative leadership than from positive leadership. Because you learn how not to do it. And, therefore, you learn how to do it.” ~ Norman Schwarzkopf, US Army General, Persian Gulf War “The Buck Stops Here” Mentality … Continue reading

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6 golden nuggets for great small group discussions

Small group discussions can be the catalyst for transformational growth in the lives of young people – if they are led well. Since one of my passions is empowering leaders to pursue their God-given calling with greater effectiveness, I want … Continue reading

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3 Transforming Principles for Effective Communication

How is it some communicators can rivet you to your seat bringing laugher and tears all within the same presentation while others seem to offer the perfect cure for insomnia? As a retreat speaker and regular youth presenter, I’ll be … Continue reading

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How to Change the World, 4/4

(Summary: In these series of posts, I’ve attempted to raise an important issue facing Christian leaders today, specifically how we go about fulfilling our cultural mandate in a fallen world. Then I offered a critique of the common assumptions and … Continue reading

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Is it all worth it?

Every now and then a guy needs to know that his work is not in vain. That’s where I found my thoughts drifting this morning. Is all this study at DTS going to be worth it? Will the hundreds of … Continue reading

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How to Change the World, 3/4

In a previous post, I asked the question, “Precisely how do we define culture?” This question is important for Scripture gives the Church a clear cultural mandate to bring all of creation under the rule and dominion of God. Obviously … Continue reading

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How to Change the World, 2/4

For Christian leaders, I submit there are fewer questions more worthy of thoughtful consideration than how the church goes about fulfilling its cultural mandate. It is not that the question is new because nearly all denominations and para-church organizations share … Continue reading

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