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Even the noblest of leaders can succumb to the lure of entitlement.

We work hard, often at a lower salary than our efforts should provide. What would be so wrong with accepting the perks the job can provide?

In the recent downfall of Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill we saw some of this illustrated, most in subtle ways.

Things which can be a blessing for working hard at a low salary when the church or non-profit is small, can become expected when it grows larger.

What started as, “Let’s bless the pastors and their wives with a meal, pedicure, or day at the spa” can subtly shift to being an expected perk of the job.

I see this in the organizations I work with. Entitlement is subtle but dangerous. Some of the financial reports coming out on Mars Hill, seem to indicate this drift occurred.

On Leadership and Mark Driscoll

September 24, 2014

This is not a Mark Driscoll bashing post.

I applaud Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill for what they have done in a location the church has not had a lot of success, Seattle. I do not agree with everything he has taught, especially his view on women and marriage, but love that he and his team are gospel preachers. I honor this work. His work has been especially powerful to a previously unreached demographic, young men; or “boys who shave” as Driscoll calls them. Seattle has seen tremendous growth in the gospel and many churches are thriving. I attribute a lot of this to Driscoll and Mars Hill.

With leadership, we always must be on the lookout for things we can learn from the successes and failures of our own teams, as well as others.

In the age of celebrity pastors such as Driscoll, sometimes their mistakes are highly publicized.

I’ve spent the last 21 years working in a primarily short-term missions organization, Youth With a Mission (YWAM). I’ve seen countless lives  wrecked for the ordinary as they served others through missions.

This is the premise of Jeff Goins’ recent book.

Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into your Comfortable Life

The most powerful moment of the book came in Chapter 6 where Jeff essentially asks the following question:

Why does a “wrecked” experience so often lead to a future inability to commit?


This is a chapter everyone in my organization needs to read.

He begins the discussion with an attention grabbing statement. “An unchecked dissatisfaction with the status quo will lead to a reckless lifestyle of bouncing from one thrill-seeking adventure to the next with little commitment to a place or a person.”

I am an avid reader. I find as my children get older, and with the new purchase of a Kindle Keyboard , I am reading even more.

One of my most popular post was the Top Reads of 2011 last year.

So having consumed 26 books already this year, let me offer a teaser of what may make the Top Read for 2012 list in the future. (This is not counting  Cross-Cultural Servanthood, which I have blogged about. That book is a re-read. Had it been a new read, it would have been number 1)

The drumroll please…..

3. What Good is God? – Phillip Yancey – this is an account of many of Yancey’s travels in ministry and the messages he gave in difficult situations. It captures beautiful, cross-cultural pictures of grace in the midst of hardship. This book demonstrates how grace and forgiveness can bring light into the darkest of situations. An inspiring, thought provoking, and uplifting read.