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.
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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.
Every pastor feels the pressure to preach great messages – not just true, but captivating and helpful content presented in an engaging way. But the most common question I’ve recently received revolves around the number of times in a calendar year a typical Senior Pastor should preach. Find out how to determine the answer to that question for your church.
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.
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.