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.
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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.
If you lead long enough, eventually you’re going to hit a leadership lid. It happens when you reach your capacity in a particular area. But what you do next has the potential to make or break your leadership future. If you ignore it, deny it, make excuses about it, or refuse to acknowledge and deal with it, you’ll undermine your impact. If you face reality, you’ll create a window of opportunity to grow and break through your leadership lid.
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.
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.
While most pastors are preparing for Christmas Eve services, wise pastors know there’s another big day right around the corner: January 1, 2017. The start of a new year in which to make new changes, build new ministries, and ultimately reach new people. I’d venture to bet there’s a list of changes you’ve wanted to make at your church for a while. This challenge is not for the complacent or comfortable. It’s a 15-day journey to kickstart the ministry year you’ve been dreaming about, and it’s completely free.
That’s usually how blind spots work. They show up at work, at home, in our casual friendships, and in our most meaningful relationships. Everyone sees them but us. That’s why they’re called blind spots. But just because you have them, doesn’t mean you can’t bring those blind spots into focus. Here’s a couple tips to try out this week.
Your vision is not your to-do list. It’s not the event calendar. It’s not your preaching schedule. It’s not your building repairs. It’s not your most pressing need. It’s easy to reduce vision to the next thing to be done. But the action items on your list are supporting players, and though they are very important ones, they too often grow to a gargantuan size, blocking out all light from the true aim — the very reason why you have a list at all.
We had a great experience going to the game; the outcome was just disappointing. It was like the Gators were trying to phone this one in. They didn’t look like themselves. It’s like they didn’t even get off the bus! I don’t mind losing if they leave it all on the field, but they just didn’t play up to their potential. Ever been a part of a team like that? A team that doesn’t play up to their potential? Here are some of the reasons why it happens.