There are plenty of things I would have liked to of known when I first started pastoring ten years ago. Professional training and habitual reading have provided a great foundation. Observing other pastors is another blessing. However, nothing has been as beneficial as experience. In reality, it is the mixture of all three that inform my approach to leading in the church, among so many … Continue reading Practical Leadership Theory for Local Church Leaders
Whenever church boards are discussed, a joke comes to mind. At the end of a worship service, the pastor announced that there would be a board meeting. When they gathered, there was a visitor in the meeting room. Of course, they asked the person why the person had come to the board meeting. The individual replied, “If anyone was more board in service than me, … Continue reading How do we improve our church board?
Watch the video to learn how to create a development plan as part of your new year! Continue reading Creating a Simple Develoment Plan
God does not point out our sin to laugh at us or scorn. Instead, he reveals our issues so that we can deal with them appropriately. That is, to be cleansed and forgiven. In the story of Genesis, the brothers need to make a second trip to Egypt. They will face their sin one way or another. Joseph is building with excitement to reveal his … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#14)
The default Christian mixture of planning minimizes the role of people and lifts up our dependence on the leading of God. The problem is when those that are carnal find themselves in positions of leadership and espouse a spirituality that is a cover up for a laissez-faire attitude toward any type of preparation and planning. There are those who actually feel unspiritual if any … Continue reading Christian Planning
Projects are sometimes complicated and slow. However, the organization of a group can prove to be a useful companion in accomplishing tasks. Chapter three shares in a detailed log how the people were divided into groups (primarily by families) and the particular area that they rebuilt and repaired. It is the first of four lists of names found in the book (3, 7, 10, and 11-12). Skipping … Continue reading Nehemiah – God’s Change Agent (Ch. 3)
One thing that I notice about leaders of organizations is that there is a significant amount of confusion between vision and mission. Especially when it comes to the small church. These guiding principles are essential for keeping the members aligned to God’s will for a congregation’s ministry and areas of focus. The short way of understanding the distinctiveness of vision is a robust, long-term view … Continue reading Nehemiah – God’s Change Agent (Mission & Vision)