Saturday, July 11, 2015

Fundamentals of Church Leadership: Six Articles

4 Things I Want to Be as a Leader

Reading Nehemiah and Ezra has sort of wrecked me out recently. I am learning a lot from them about the kind of leader I want to be.... Keep reading

6 Necessities of Effective Leadership

My definition of a leadership is, “The ability to obtain and retain followers, organizing them, unifying them, and directing them to accomplish a God-given vision.

There are six elements of leadership, each of them easily embraced and vitally important.... Keep reading

Four Ways to Express Love to the People You Lead

Gary Chapman’s book The Five Love Languages has been a helpful resource to many couples. He challenges spouses to learn each other’s love language—how one most feels loved, pursued, and valued—whether through time, words of affirmation, acts of service, gifts, or touch. When Kaye, my wife, jokingly insists that she has all five languages, I remind her of the portion in the book that says if your spouse cannot determine her love language, it is because her “love tank” is full. I’m all about Kaye with a full love tank. Dr. Chapman’s work provided a simple framework that helps couples think through how to pursue and express love to their spouses.

While Chapman’s work is grounded in marriage, there are some takeaways for leadership. A great leader cares for those on the team and does not view those on the team as if they exist for him/her. The opposite is true—a great leader sets himself/herself up as the servant of the team. A wise leader pursues those on the team, not just to recruit them initially but to keep them engaged. The reality is that your best people are volunteers, regardless if you pay them. So expressing love and appreciation to them is essential. To serve the team well, you must know those you are leading. You must know how members on the team feel valued and appreciated. How do those on the team feel most valued and appreciated? Is it time, words of affirmation, acts of service, or gifts? Keep reading

Trusting Your Team With Decisions – How to Make the Best Decisions When A Quick Decision Is Needed

As a leader, I am forced to make dozens of decisions every day. I’ve learned the secret to making better decisions faster.

When I’m pushed for a quick answer — when everyone knows a decision needs to be made now, but without time to get all the information I would normally require to make a decision.

I empower people on my team to make the decision. Keep reading

6 Qualities To Look For When Hiring Administrative Staff

Whether you are a small church or a megachurch, every church staff needs people who help keep the trains running on time.

When your team is looking to hire an administrative staff member, you need to seek someone who is not only a great culture fit but who also has characteristics and qualities needed to do the job well.

Here are six traits to seek when hiring administrative help for your church staff. Keep reading

10 Ways to Find More Energy Today

Energy comes to you from your inner world and the world around you.

Find energy by respecting it.

The way you feel about a thing changes you, not the thing. Keep reading

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