Doing Things a New Way

brian dodd

Brian Dodd works for the Rocket Company, an organization committed to helping churches increase weekly giving and pastors preach better sermons.  Recently, he listed 15 reasons why people don't need to do things the way they have always been done (based on a video featuring Kevin Kelley of the Pulaski Academy).  Included on the list are I've done my research, I am continually learning, the current situation calls for something different, I think differently than others, and I asked Read More …

Becoming an Intergenerational Church

Bill Hybels

Scott Cochrane recently shared how Bill Hybels responded to a question about how congregations can become more intergenerational. Hybels',  Founder and Senior Pastor of Willow Creek Community Church, answer focused on intention.  Congregations that seek to value the intergenerational dynamic must create structures that affirm persons from all age cohorts, including selecting them for leadership positions. So What? Becoming more intergenerational doesn't happen overnight, and won't work Read More …

Leaders Let Go

Scott Williams

Scott Williams, author of Church Diversity: Sunday the Most Segregated Day of the Week (2011 – read my review here) and leadership guru, recently shared an important leadership truth: "If you want to be a leader, you must learn to let go." So What? Williams rightly recognizes how frustrating it can be when someone in a leadership position is unable and/or unwilling to let go of things (e.g., details, leading to micromanaging behavior) or of people.  Real leaders know when it is time to Read More …

Growing Beyond 200

Carey Nieuwhof

Most congregations are relatively small.  While small is not bad, small and plateaued or small and declining are.  In reality, churches of any size are either growing or declining.  Healthy congregations should be growing congregations. Carey Nieuwhof, lead pastor of Connexus Community Church, recently wrote about many of the reasons why churches can grow to a certain size, but not beyond such. In a great deal of the literature on the topic of church size, the number 200 is deemed Read More …

Pastoring Isn’t Glamorous

Eugene Peterson

Eugene Peterson (b.1932) is a pastor's pastor. He is the author of the best-selling The Message, which is his translation of the Bible into contemporary American language.  He is an ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) pastor who served as the founding pastor of Christ Our King Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, Maryland for twenty-nine years before retiring in 1991. Following his retirement from parish ministry, he served in academia until retiring from that role in 2006.  Peterson is the author of over Read More …

Common Pastoral Mistakes

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Eric Geiger, Vice President at LifeWay Christian Resources, recently shared three common mistakes pastors make: not offering clarity, underestimating the power of culture, and switching strategies too frequently. So What? This short list can serve as a helpful tool for those interested in sincere introspection. If you serve in pastoral ministry, which of these three areas is most challenging for you?  How might you focus on strengthening your competency in that area before the Read More …

Giving Advice

Chip Bell

Chip Bell, co-author of  the international best-selling book  Managers as Mentors: Building Partnerships for Learning (2013), recently shared four sequential steps for effective advice giving: clearly state the performance problem or learning goal, make sure you agree on the focus, ask permission to give advice, and state your advice in first person singular. So What? Just about every person is a mentor to someone else.  In church life, such relationships are often informal. Read More …

“All In” Leadership

B Lomenick

Brad Lomenick, leader of Catalyst, recently shared twelve attributes of what he calls "all in leaders."  These leaders are totally committed, and willing to do whatever it takes to be successful.  Lomenick's list includes the following attributes: You are trustworthy. 100%. Always with no exceptions. We is much more important than me. If I win, the team wins. If the team wins, I win. You get it done no matter how long it takes. Your intentions and goals are clear. Your hard work and Read More …

How Leaders Destroy Teams

ScottWilliams

Scott Williams, author of Church Diversity: Sunday the Most Segregated Day of the Week (2011 – read my review here) and leadership guru, recently shared five ways leaders destroy their teams: using the "my way or the highway" approach, being "all about the numbers", always talking - never really listening, making changes for the sake of change, and not caring about the people on the team. So What? Whether a given task happens in the life of a church, a business, or any other Read More …

Do You Like Church?

Scott Cochrane

Scott Cochrane, Vice President- International of the Willow Creek Association, recently blogged about what he understands to be the most awkward question any church leader can be asked: do you like church? So What? I think every prospective member of a board, committee, or work group within a congregation should be asked this awkward yet important question.  If the answer is "not really, but" would that disqualify someone from serving in a leadership role in your congregation? Why/why not? Read More …