Renovating the Heart of Kingdom Leaders - Part 9

Humility and Healing for Leaders

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Matthew Ward and Dr. Mark Mayfield once again join Gary Wilkerson for a conversation on how leaders can find healing. Very often, people look to pastors and kingdom leaders for help and support. This conversation offers some insight on how leaders can practice humility and prioritize their own healing.

Key Points from the Podcast

  • Leaders often feel like they don’t have anyone to talk to or think as a leader they should have it all together, so they don’t seek help in their struggles.

  • Unhealed wounds can lead us to overreact and try to compensate through sin and idolatry.

  • Scripture instructs us to have a right relationship with God, others, and our self.

  • Healing requires the risk of being vulnerable with others.

  • We should have five close friends who know us deeply and to whom we can safely go in our times of difficulty.

  • Journaling can be a powerful tool in the healing process.

  • Christian leaders need to be careful not to be pouring more into their ministry than into their marriage and family.

Bible Verses Referenced in the Podcast

Matthew 22:36–­40

Resources Mentioned in the Podcast

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About Matthew Ward

Matthew Ward was one of the voices that helped create the sound of contemporary Christian music. He started as part of the 70s group, 2nd Chapter of Acts, which is credited with changing the sound of Christian music. Matthew is a singer, songwriter, and producer. He has released 9 solo albums, and 15 albums as part of the 2nd Chapter of Acts. He has recorded or performed with more than 50 contemporary Christian artists. As well as singing a duet with pop-diva Donna Summer and background vocals on other songs including the No. 1 hit She Works Hard for the Money.

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About Dr. Mark Mayfield

Dr. Mayfield is a former pastor, a licensed professional counselor (LPC), a board-certified counselor, and founder and CEO of Mayfield Counseling Centers.

He has more than 14 years of professional counseling experience in clinical, judicial, and faith-based counseling settings across a wide range of patient demographics. Mayfield has professional experience in treating and addressing anxiety, depression, and PTSD, substance abuse, domestic violence, self-injury, and suicide. He is passionate about the integration of faith and mental health.

Dr. Mayfield recently launched his book, titled “HELP! My Teen is Self-Injuring: A Crisis Manual for Parents”  which addresses his own suicide survival story, self-injury, and how to help your child who might be going through this. His second book “The Path Out of Loneliness: Finding and Fostering Connection to God, Ourselves, and One Another”, published through NavPress/Tyndale House, released September 2021.

He has been featured in prominent media outlets including Woman’s Day, Hello Giggles, NBC, Reader’s Digest, Byrdie, and more. Dr. Mayfield is on a list of mental health professionals that was invited to the White House in December 2019 and has had periodic calls with the White House to discuss mental health in America.

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About Gary Wilkerson

Gary Wilkerson is the President of World Challenge, an international mission organization that was founded by his father, David Wilkerson. He is also the Founding Pastor of The Springs Church, which he launched in 2009 with a handful of people. He has traveled nationally and internationally at conferences and conducted mission ventures such as church planting, starting orphanages, clinics, feeding programs among the poorest of the poor and the most unreached people of the earth. Gary and his wife Kelly have four children and live in Colorado Springs, CO.

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