With the right approach, you can handle hard conversations successfully. With the wrong approach, it doesn’t matter if you’re right or wrong; it won’t work.
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Articles to help church leaders get unstuck.
I’m closing in on 20 years working in and with churches. Along the way, I’ve seen many amazing ministries. But I’ve also seen churches do some crazy things. Here are 10 examples of things I’ve seen churches do that lead directly to church splits.
According to recent research, 4 out of 5 people aren’t regularly listening to a podcast. Personally, I have found podcasts to be a valuable tool. I’m sure there are many reasons for those statistics, but I started to wonder if at the most basic level, the majority of people still don’t know exactly what a podcast is or how they could benefit from taking the time to figure it out. So, I wanted to provide a basic rundown of what podcasts are and hopefully answer some questions you may have.
Leading from a scarcity mentality about volunteers can get your church stuck. Here’s what that looks like in the local church and how it can stunt growth.
Lack of clarity around decision-making is frustrating many church leaders. Often, it feels like we need to have total consensus to move on anything. So how do we clarify our decision-making strategy?
Labels are helpful. We as leaders label everything about people that we can. The more context the better, right? But a permanent label stuck to an assumed attribute destines people’s potential contribution and growth. It causes us to not engage their full abilities and limits them from discovering their full potential. How do we avoid prematurely assigning labels to our staff?
I’m always amazed at the number of relatively-large churches I encounter that are still operating like small churches. Why do churches continue to embrace structures that impede healthy growth?
We’re celebrating something that happened last month: we officially served our 200th church. Here’s what’s crazy. It took us a full six years to serve the first 100 churches, and less than two years to serve the second 100 churches. With that growth and momentum, I’ve learned a lot along the way. Some of these may seem obvious, but I’m hopeful they encourage and maybe challenge you to consider your next steps.
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.
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.
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.