Magnetic. Inspiring. Charismatic. Visionary. God-given personality gifts or problems waiting to happen? Big personalities are attractive, and bad things happen when a church is built more on the big personality of the pastor than Jesus. But actually… that’s true of any personality type.
Author Tony Morgan
As I sat across from this senior leader at his desk, I knew he was overwhelmed because I saw his organizational chart before I walked into his office. Every leader of every ministry in the church reported directly to him, which is not an uncommon structure for small and mid-sized churches. That can work for a season. In my experience, though, when a church grows to 1,000 or more attendance, that structure will begin to buckle. The lead pastor’s span of care becomes too large.
My good friend Kem Meyer recently shared the only two documents you need for your communications strategy. Whether your team has written tons of communications strategies or you have yet to write your first one, Kem shares the wisdom of committing to simplicity.
Wondering how to implement a healthy leadership development strategy? I recently had Eric Geiger, who leads the resources division at Lifeway and pastors ClearView Baptist Church in Franklin, TN, talk with one of my coaching networks about how churches can better develop leaders. He gave me permission to share a portion of that interview with my online readers. Here are some of the highlights.
In nearly every instance that I’ve facilitated our planning process, it’s not very long into the conversation before someone on the leadership team expresses, “We have a communication problem.” But what is presented as a “communication” problem is usually a symptom of a deeper issue.
To move from where you are now to where God wants you to be in the future, you need teammates who are different than you. As you’re thinking beyond yourself and the team you are building, let me share some thoughts regarding the four types of people on any team.
As the number of churches engaging in a multisite strategy continues to grow, so do the number of botched campus launches. I’m not trying to be negative. I’ve just seen this strategy go wrong a lot of times. Sometimes it goes wrong because the church leaders dreaming about it are building their foundation on some serious misconceptions about multisite. But sometimes churches with a great strategy and all the right reasons to go multisite still get stuck. What steps can you take to avoid getting stuck on your multisite journey?
Why are you on mission for God? Have you recently taken time to remember? I don’t know about you, but every once in awhile I need to go back to the beginning. I need to be reminded of who I am in Christ. That’s my identity. It’s not what the world says about me. It’s not what Facebook or Twitter say about me. It’s not even what I say about me. When I became a Christ-follower in high school, I developed the habit of making a series of lists on the blank pages in the back of my Bible. Here’s one of those lists.
The health of a church begins with the health of its team. Unfortunately, I’ve found most lead pastors aren’t thinking about staff health on a regular basis. In this episode of The Leadership Unstuck Podcast, I talk with Ryan Stigile and Amy Anderson about span of care, healthy pace of life in ministry, and other practical steps to grow a healthy team.
If you know me, you know I don’t keep doing things that aren’t working. Here are three facts I believe you will have to address at some point to grow as a leader.
Everyone is speaking, but very few of us are listening. How we respond to those with whom we disagree is important. If we just live out who God designed the church to be, it would be a very distinctive and refreshing alternative to the divisive world around us. Our culture needs that. I believe our culture is craving it.
You might be spreading yourself too thin… I’m always fascinated when I hear about research that brings more clarity to how God has created our brains. Recently I listened to a podcast interview with Robin Dunbar about our relational capacity. I can’t help but think about how we could be applying these findings to ministry strategy.