Common Strategic and Pastoral Myths

 Will Mancini is the founder of Auxano - a church consulting group with a unique approach to developing a church's vision frame before providing traditional consulting services.  Mancini's pastoral experience includes helping lead two congregations to grow to over 3,000 in weekend attendance: Clear Creek Community Church and FaithBridge UMC.  He is the author of Church Unique: How Mission Leaders Cast Vision, Capture Culture, and Create Movement.   To connect with him, read his blog, follow him Read More …

Leadership Lesson: Learning to Ignore

Dan Rockwell writes Leadership Freak: a daily leadership blog designed to help leaders reach higher in 300 words or less.  He also serves as Pastor of Good News Bible Church and works as a consultant to Pennsylvania College of Technology. To connect with Rockwell, consider following him on twitter or reading Grace Freak, his Christian blog designed around the idea of breaking the bondage of legalism in 300 words or less. Recently he wrote about an important yet infrequently discussed Read More …

Becoming an Effective Leader

Scott Williams is the Campus Pastor of the Northwest Oklahoma City Campus of LifeChurch.tv, which  launched three years ago and already has an average weekly worship attendance of over 3,500. He is also on the teams of both MinistryStrategies.com and The Vanderbloemen Search Group.  To connect with Williams, read his blog, watch him on youtube,  follow him on twitter, or friend him on facebook. Earlier this week, he wrote about becoming an effective leader.  Consider his six Read More …

Are You Going to Burn Out?

Perry Noble is the Senior Pastor of New Spring Church, which has been recognized as one of America's largest churches.  According to the Hartford Institute, this Southern Baptist congregation averages over 9,000 people in attendance on a weekly basis.  You can connect with him by following him on twitter or by reading his blog.  Noble writes extensively about leadership on his blog, including a recent piece about seven reasons leaders flame out: We Allow Our Schedule To Control Read More …

Learning from The Five Levels of Leadership

John C. Maxwell is perhaps the best known living Christian author in the field of leadership.  He has written over fifty books, including three that have sold more than a million copies: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, Developing the Leader Within You, and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader.  To learn more, visit his website, read his blog, or follow him on twitter.  Recently, he unveiled a graphic overview of his next book: The Five Levels of Leadership, which will be Read More …

Moving the Mainline Forward

The Future of Mainline Denominations Recently, I have written several articles designed to introduce my readers to a variety of perspectives related to the future of mainline denominations.  Leaders within the mainline denominations understand that change is essential to reverse the decades of decline.  In recent posts, I have shared many voices including those of Peter Wallace, Bruce Epperly, and Bruce Reyes Chow Stephen Sterner Landon Whitsitt Clyde Steckel Also, I have Read More …

Reconsidering Ambition

Will Willimon (United Methodist Bishop, author of over sixty books and over six hundred scholarly articles, prolific blogger, and popular speaker) wrote a thought provoking article about ambition, which was posted earlier today on Leadership Journal.  The brief article is worth reading, but the following excerpts are especially worth pondering: So I can't think of any reason why we clergy shouldn't admit ambition, shouldn't examine and strategize on the basis of our ambition, shouldn't Read More …

The Future of Mainline Denominations

The Future of Mainline Protestantism As a group, mainline Protestants have experienced ongoing decline in membership for multiple decades.  In recent years some have replaced "mainline" with terms like "old line" or "sidelined."   Looking forward, almost everyone agrees that unless something changes significantly the decline will continue.  While some writers have focused on the decline including the likely causes and others are calling for the end of denominationalism in favor of a Read More …

Glenn Beck the Spiritual Leader?

Glenn Beck is best known as a conservative news commentator and host of The Glenn Beck Program.  In recent months, he has made comments and taken actions that lead many to believe he is seeking or has assumed a new role as a religious leader.  During his March 2 radio program he said: I beg you, look for the words "social justice" or "economic justice" on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising Read More …

Ready, Set, Fail

After a successful acting career, Blaine Hogan attended and graduated from Mars Hill Graduate School in Seattle, WA. He currently works for Willow Creek Community Church as a Creative Producer creating contexts and spaces for people to experience God using multimedia, movement, and performance art.  To learn more visit his blog, follow him on twitter, friend him on facebook, or watch his videos.  Recently, Hogan wrote about the important topic of failure: Please, for the love of everything Read More …