Quotes by Ted Engstrom
Time in itself is really not the problem, but people who use it are. People who excuse their failures by saying, “I don’t have time” really are admitting to mismanagement of time.
How often we hear, “I wish I knew how to manage my time better.” Rarely do we hear, “I wish I knew how to manage myself better,” but that’s really what it comes down to.
Some Christians [consider administration]…a secondary gift, appearing less important than other functions of service. Frequently one hears pastors consider (administration being) nonessential, uninteresting, and less spiritual than, say, preaching, teaching, or counseling… People who reason this way misunderstand a significant biblical concept that sets forth the function of administration as a cherished spiritual gift.
The gifts rather describe the what of ministry, and the call then designates the where of ministry.
The local church is the most complicated and sophisticated organism in the world. It is one thing to lead a group of people who depend upon the organization for livelihood. It is quite another to motivate a group when 99 percent are volunteers!
The Christian leader never equates mediocrity with the things of God, but is always committed to the pursuit of excellence.
A popular definition of leadership is that it is the art or science of getting things done through people.
The leader is only able to lead others because he has conquered himself and in turn has been conquered by Christ.
The eminence of great leaders of the Bible is attributed to their greatness in prayer.
To move men, the leader must be able to prevail upon God.
A true leader must have a strong drive to take the initiative to act – a kind of initial stirring that causes people and an organization to use their best abilities to accomplish a desired end.
To achieve, the leader must set goals
To set goals, he must make decisions.
To reach goals, he must plan.
To plan, he must analyze.
To analyze, he must implement.
To implement, he must organize.
To organize, he must delegate.
To delegate, he must administrate.
To administrate, he must communicate.
To communicate, he must motivate.
To motivate, he must share.
To share, he must care.
To care, he must believe.
To believe, he must set goals that inspire belief and the desire to achieve
Christian leadership is motivated by love and given over to service. It is leadership that has been subjected to the control of our Lord Jesus Christ and His example. In the best Christian leaders are expressed to the utmost all those attributes of selfless dedication, courage, decisiveness, and persuasiveness that mark great leadership.
The concept of a leader…means one who guides activities of others and who himself acts and performs to bring those activities about. He is capable of performing acts which will guide a group in achieving objectives. He takes the capacities of vision and faith, he has the ability to be concerned and to comprehend, exercises action through effective and personal influence in the direction of an enterprise and the development of the potential into practical and/or profitable means.
To be filled with the Spirit is to be controlled by the Spirit – intellect, emotions, will, and body. All become available to Him for achieving the purposes of God.
When there is strong trust, a person tends to be more open and less defensive. He doesn’t have to spend time proving something. Facades can drop and be replaced with directness and honesty.
Remember always that your work or ministry or position dare never keep you from your family. If you fail them, you fail your greatest responsibility – and you are a failure in life.
Backslappers help us feel better about ourselves, but we don’t actually profit by them. Real change and emotional growth come by facing our weaknesses and personality defects as others see us.