Bi-vocational pastors are becoming more and more common across the United States. I am actually one myself. Josh Presley wrote a great article for the LifeWay Pastors this week called “7 Reasons Bi-vocational Ministry Is Not Plan B.” This is important, and pastors, this has leadership implications for you.
“Leader, if you aren’t taking care of yourself, you can’t continue to lead at the level needed to help your team be successful.” Ron Edmondson shares a piece of leadership wisdom he gleaned from a recent flight.
“You have to lead by example,” is a common refrain. It’s a good piece of advice, to be sure. Leaders have a hard time building credibility when they ask the people they lead to do something they would not do themselves. Just the other day, I read an article on this in the Harvard Business Review: “Like It or Not, You Are Always Leading By Example.”
I’m thankful for Barnabas Piper and Todd Adkins and the work they do on the 5 Leadership Questions Podcast. Recently, they had Kevin Spratt on the podcast. Kevin is a leader here at LifeWay. These three guys talked about servant leadership and what that practically looks like. I found the discussion helpful.
Sometimes, when they’re greedy for power or bent on revenge, leaders can be some of the scariest people in a church or organization. Have you seen scary leaders in your church or workplace? If not, maybe you need to read Art Rainer’s post, “7 Types of Scary Leaders.”