Articles for Pastors

Leadership Lessons From Jack Welch

I had a fascinating conversation with a guy who worked closely with Jack Welch at General Electric this past week.  During the conversation I...

Leadership and Leading The Conversation

Leaders understand the importance of leading the conversation about the organization.  This past week I saw a great example of leadership and leading the conversation. ...

Four Rules For Fast Teams

Fast Company had an interesting article titled, Four Rules For Fast Teams that gives some guidelines for how to lead a team that is...

Looking Ahead and Pointing the Way

One of the most intriguing professions in the world to me is forecasting the weather. Sometimes they miss it but most of the time...

How Does Your Church Keep Score?

How does your church keep score?  By tracking attendance and offering only?  I think we can do better than that! A couple weeks ago I...

The Power of Passion

Passion is a tremendously powerful thing! I love this picture of conductor Benjamin Zander - a tremendously passionate person.  His talk at a WillowCreek Leadership...

How God Makes a Leader

"Wow, so that's how leadership happens?" was my first reaction to reading Robert Clinton's book The Making of a Leader.  For me, Clinton was...

Top 3 Things to Make Your Pitch Click

It's only natural to feel panicky about casting vision and parading your ideas before hard-boiled decision makers who want to call the shots.  Remember,...

The Coach Approach and the Chief Motif

What will it take for coaching to find its potential within the domain of the church? I received an email from a friend who participated...

Are You Saying Your Prayers?

What sustains you? Leadership can be difficult, draining and exhausting. It's simply not possible to keep going forever without resources. For church leaders, that includes...

Whose Vision Is It Anyways?

During Auxano's co::Lab, vision coach Will Mancini has been showing us how to develop a "Vision Pathway that leads to a lifestyle of visionary leadership." By definition, a...

How Do You Spot a Future Leader?

When we look for those we would like to develop as leaders in our church, we can be drawn to the obvious heavy lifters...

The missing metric

On a recent flight, I had the opportunity to sit next to a man who was the ideal conversationalist for me. First, he was...

Coaching PostModerns

One of the greatest benefits of teaching is hanging out with students and learning from them. One morning, many years ago, a young graduate...

Organic Linear Growth. Really?

Our senior pastor, Mark Beeson, is challenging our entire church to memorize 2 Peter 1.2-12 (NIV). He started with our staff a couple weeks ago. Last...

Pro-Active v. Re-Active Church Risk Management

Take Charge in Church Risk Management

Training Ground: Don’t Dilute the Doctrine

Recently, one of our consultants sat in a Bible study class of a church that had brought in our team for a long-term consultation...
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