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.
Author Tony Morgan
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.
Ever have a sense at first glance that a large church is built more on the personality of the pastor rather than Jesus? In the past, I tended to become judgmental and assume the worst. That demonstrated a lack of faith in what God might be doing through that leader. And it failed to acknowledge that ultimately God is building His church. That said, I do think there are some healthy boundaries for all of us to consider when it comes to the gifts and personalities that God has put into us.
Are your Senior Leadership Team meetings focused on the right things? They should always focus on three key things, and one of them in much greater proportion than the others. In this short video, Mark Morgan and I discuss how to use a practical framework to maximize the effectiveness of your SLT meetings, as well as a simple test to honestly evaluate how you’re doing in this area.
Churches often get stuck when they don’t understand how to effectively move through the strategic planning process. In this episode of the Leadership Unstuck Podcast, I talk to Ryan Stigile, of The Unstuck Group, and Shayne O’Brien, Lead Pastor of RockPointe Church in Leander, Texas about how to avoid some of the common mistakes churches make in their planning process.
Monday I had some fun hanging out with my friends Carey Nieuwhof, as well as Paul Alexander and Gabe Kolstad from The Unstuck Group’s consultant team, for a webinar about one of my favorite topics: leading change. We specifically dug into three big church changes that more than 600 pastors told us were the most important ones they wanted to lead in 2017. If you missed out, catch the replay here.
As you probably know, Craig and his team at Life.Church pioneered the YouVersion Bible app that has now put Scripture into the smartphone-clutching hands of millions of people all over the world. Craig shares insight into how the dream to make the Bible more accessible came to be, how his team responded to early defeat and limited budgets, and how the dream changed over time.
We need to first discover God’s dream and vision for our church, and then build our dreams around His. Too many times, we do the reverse.
Is your church everything you once dreamed it would be? Every church has a compelling purpose, even if it’s been lost, derailed or delayed. We’re unpacking the stories of change at some great churches and sharing key steps to help you make make 3 BIG shifts around vision, leadership, and your discipleship pathway.
As church leaders, we have to make dreaming a non-negotiable. A clear vision is rarely the result of the audible voice of God or physical stone tablets. Sure, it’s happened, but He’s always speaking and we’re missing it if we only hold out for mountain-top moments. It takes both cultivation and collaboration to become a dreamer who sees vision become reality.