Leaders Let Go

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

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 …

“All In” Leadership

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

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, 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 …

Greatest Leadership Challenge

Scott Williams, author of Church Diversity: Sunday the Most Segregated Day of the Week (2011 – read my review here) and leadership guru, recently shared what he believes to be the greatest challenge facing leaders today: The Greatest Challenge Facing Leaders Today is a group of followers, team members and co-workers that are unwilling to speak up about what’s wrong, what’s ugly, what’s crazy, what’s ridiculous and what needs to be changed. So What? Part of leading is creating a culture that Read More …

Pastoral Selling

Clergy obviously need more than spirituality, academic preparation, and field education to become great bishops, deans, rectors, and vicars. Retired Navy chaplain George Clifford recently included the above quote in a blog post emphasizing the importance of the skill of selling within the framework of leadership.  He writes: Spend a day with the bishop, dean, rector, or vicar of one our relatively few growing, thriving dioceses or congregations and you will observe a leader who is a highly Read More …

Don’t Wreck Your Ministry

Ben Reed, pastor of small groups at Long Hollow Baptist Church (Hendersonville, TN) and communications director for the Small Group Network, recently blogged about how people wreck their ministries.  Reed shared a few obvious ways people ruin their ministries before sharing a list of 17 additional ways he labeled "not so obvious," including: quit dreaming, never build relationships with people outside of the faith, spend 98% of your time in your office, never go to conferences (or, on Read More …

Time for Leaders to Stop

Scott Williams has considerable leadership experience as a prison warden, lead pastor of a congregation that grew to an average weekly worship attendance of over 3,500 during his tenure, consultant, and social media guru.  He is also the author of Church Diversity: Sunday the Most Segregated Day of the Week (2011 – read my review here).  Recently, he shared his list of "21 Things Leaders Need To Stop Doing." Stop treating your employees like they are just another number and like you own Read More …

Leadership Must-Dos

Terry “Starbucker” St. Marie is a seasoned executive leader with over two decades of experience in the cable television industry, who has partnered with Liz Strauss to create  Inside-Out Thinking (a venture centered around the development of great leaders who can make a difference in any organization) and SOBCon  (a business “think tank” with a Social Media twist). On his blog, he recently shared his list of three must-dos for great leaders: Establish two-way trust Be consistent in your Read More …