I believe that leading volunteers is truly a great test of one’s leadership. In many ways, leading volunteers is the ultimate test of one’s ability to lead others. When I interview someone, I don’t only look for their work with “paid staff”; I pay close attention to their history leading volunteers. I have hired people from the local church to lead large teams at LifeWay because I believe their ability to build and lead teams of volunteers would easily translate into leading a team. On the flip side, many leaders in companies are only able to direct people because of positional authority and title and not because they are able… [Read More]
When a team of leaders is aligned around the same mission and values, there is deep joy in the work.
Thoughts on leadership from Selma Wilson, Jon Bloom, and more.
People who are intellectually smart but relationally dumb have a tendency to lead with logic and dismiss people’s hearts.
I recently wrote about the members of a church staff who make the biggest impact. Inevitably, among the staff members who make the biggest impact in their ministry areas and the church culture as a whole, there is deep alignment between the church’s mission and values and the staff member’s mission and values. Every healthy ministry has values that guide the culture of the church. At the same time, every leader or team member also has a set of values that guide decision-making and behavior. When there is alignment, the church and the staff member are in harmony as their values overlap with one another. Because there are varying levels… [Read More]
Pastoral burnout is an epidemic. It is happening all the time to pastors of large and small churches alike. This is a real problem. Pastors must keep people around them who can keep them accountable to avoiding burnout. Jonathan Dodson shares some insight on this at the LifeWay Leadership blog. Kevin Peck and I just released our book Designed to Lead which we hope is a tool to help churches create healthy, effective leadership development structures. This article from Entrepreneur this week about building a leadership pipeline is along those lines, and it may be helpful for some of you who are in a business context instead of a church context. “Your people… [Read More]
“When we believe that God is wise, we believe that He is not negligent when it comes to the timing of circumstances in our lives. Instead, we trust that God is operating on His own time table which, contrary to what we might feel, is actually the best time table,” Michael Kelley shares his wisdom on patience and leadership. Sometimes, a pastor is in such a situation in his local church that it is just time for him to leave. It’s rarely an easy decision for all involved—sometimes it’s easy for the pastor and hard for the church, and sometimes it’s the other way around. Regardless, no matter how well… [Read More]
I’ve written a lot about meetings in the past. I don’t mind them, but meetings can be a real hassle if they aren’t planned and executed strategically with a goal (or set of goals) in mind. Selma Wilson shares four questions you should answer every time you schedule a meeting. “Discipleship is far more than what happens inside a classroom in a church building. Sometimes, it is what happens with a shovel in your hand in the midst of 95-degree heat as you help mud out a home of a stranger who has lost everything. Pastor, lead your church there.” Alan Cross shares on the LifeWay Pastors blog why and… [Read More]
If you peruse social media on a Saturday evening, you will likely see ministry leaders sending messages like “Tomorrow is the ONE Sunday you will not want to miss!!!” or “Best Sunday ever tomorrow.” Or maybe you have sat in church and heard a barrage of announcements, each one promoting an event “that will change your life.” Or perhaps you have heard a leader say, “If we only had one meeting this year, it would be this one!” Those who send those messages typically send them over and over again. And it does not take long before you ask yourself, “How many Sunday services can really be the absolute most… [Read More]
As many of you know, my good friend Kevin Peck and I have been working on a project over the last few years called Designed to Lead. Kevin and I have been friends for several years. We have spent lots of time talking about the Lord and His Church, our families have vacationed together, and I have seen the fruit of his leadership as he practices what he preaches and intentionally develops others through Austin Stone—where he serves as lead pastor. We believe the Church is uniquely designed by God to develop and deploy leaders into all spheres of life for God’s glory and the spread of the gospel. Designed… [Read More]