Leadership Issues

Leading a local church is tough work, and not for the weak-stomached or nimble-minded. Let's face it... leadership is hard work. So here in our Leadership area, you'll be able to learn important leadership skills, connect with other leaders, and interact on topics like how to deal with church conflict, establishing your vision and values, and how to manage and recruit volunteers.

Stacy Spencer:  How to Find Your Ministry “Swag”

THE SHOW from Leadership Network for June 16, 2009.

TOPIC: Finding Your "SWAG" in Ministry

SPECIAL GUEST: Dr. Stacy Spencer

You can watch a brand new edition of THE SHOW every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. EDT at http://theshow.leadnet.org.


Live call in segment... Dr. Stacy Spencer takes your questions!

image100 Ways to Kill a Concept or an Idea

This is a great list... I got it from Pete Bishop (who got it from ChangeThis.com)... but regardless... it's a great list. Have you ever been guilty of using one of these idea killers?

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imageA Gut-Check for Growing Churches

Recently, Mark Batterson had the opportunity to share as a guest speaker at a staff meeting at Healing Place Church in Baton Rouge. Mark shared his top ten reflections on leadership in a growing church. Here are some of his comments...

church conflict

“Conflict:  Ask Ken”:  When Your Leadership Can’t Handle Conflict

Here’s this week’s church conflict management question with Ken Newberger… Dear Ken, I have been pastor of the same church for nearly half a dozen years.  Since I have been here, conflict occurs on a cyclical basis.  Every six to eighteen months a small group of people complain anonymously to our elders even to the point of trying to get people to vote me out. This same antagonistic behavior dates back to at least two of my predecessors…

10 Ways to Avoid the Arrogance of Power
I'm sure most don't feel like you have too much 'power' in your church; but when you think of it... few positions hold as much power at times as ministry. And if you are prone to be a take charge person, you can quickly find yourself taking a bit too much joy in your position of power... joy that many times will evolve, over time, into arrogance. The "Great Leadership" blog recently featured a list of ten ways that you can avoid the arrogance of power... and I thought that they would be good as a reminder to those of us in ministry...
How Stupid Is YOUR Church?  How not to make mistakes that will cost your church.
In case you missed THE SHOW yesterday, you can watch it here (then listen to the live call-in Q&A). It was a great show, and it will really help you as a ministry leader to not make some of the same mistakes many others have made. Plus, it's only 15 minutes... which makes it well worth your time and easy to fit in your busy schedule right now!

THE SHOW from Leadership Network for June 9, 2009.

TOPIC: Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing

SPECIAL GUEST: Geoff Surratt

You can watch a brand new edition of THE SHOW every Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. EDT at http://theshow.leadnet.org.


Live call in segment... Geoff Surratt takes your questions!

imageHow to Be “Affair Proof”
In light of recent news, I thought Vince Antonucci's advice of boundaries is great for those of us who want to remain 'affair proof'. (I would hope that would be most all of us!) Here are Vince's admonitions:

1. Love God. I mean really love Him, stay close to Him.

2. Fear God. Be afraid of the consequences of sin and of God Himself.

3. Have Authentic Accountability. Be totally transparent with a few trusted people about your temptations.

4. Have Wide Boundaries. Set up your boundaries so even if you didn't keep them, you'd still be far, far from sin.

imageWhat is the STUPIDEST thing that you’ve done to keep your church from growing?
Geoff Surratt has recently written a book I think everyone should read. It's titled "Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing: How Leaders Can Overcome Costly Mistakes". I could say that Geoff is uniquely gifted to write a book of this title, but I won't say that. Let's face it, we've all done stupid things... stupid things that have not been good for our churches.

Geoff is going to join us on THE SHOW tommorrow (TUESDAY) to tell us some of these mistakes, and help you not to make those mistakes in your church. It's something that you'll not want to miss. There will be a short interview (15 minutes); then you can call in and ask your questions of Geoff live! All you have to do it go to http://theshow.leadnet.org tomorrow at 4:00 Eastern (3 central; 1 pacific) and watch along. I hope you'll join us...

SO, HERE'S TODAY'S QUESTION FOR YOU: What is the STUPIDEST THING you've ever done to keep your church from growing?

Leadership Issues Parent Resources imagePastors In Transition: Why Clergy Leave Local Church Ministry

Why do pastors leave the ministry? Several common issues emerge from the research of Dean Hoge and Jacqueline Wenger: preference for another form of ministry, the need to care for children or family, conflict in the congregation, conflict with denominational leaders, burnout or discouragement, sexual misconduct, and divorce or marital problems. Of these factors, which form the basis for the central chapters of Pastors in Transition, two are especially important: conflict and a preference for specialized ministry. A close third is the experience of burnout, discouragement, stress and overwork. As the authors explore these factors, they provide significant insights into what can be done to help people stay in ministry. imageEat This Book: A Conversation in the Art of Spiritual Reading

The bestselling author of "The Message" challenges believers to read the Scriptures on their own terms, as God's revelation, and to live them as they read them. imagePracticing Greatness: 7 Disciplines of Extraordinary Spiritual Leaders

Based on his extensive experience as coach and mentor to many thousands of Christian leaders across a broad spectrum of ministry settings, Reggie McNeal helps spiritual leaders understand that they will self-select into or out of greatness. imageThe Missional Leader: Equipping Your Church to Reach a Changing World (by Alan Roxburgh)

This book gives church and denominational leaders, pastors, and clergy a clear model for leading the change necessary to create and foster a missional church focused outward to spread the message of the Gospel into the surrounding community.