Truth and Grace

Truth without Grace is not Truth; it is Accusation. Grace without Truth is not Grace; it is Ignorance. But in the midst of Truth and Grace together; there... we find God. (John 1.17)    

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Vision and Theology in Church Leadership (Part Six)

The previous posts in this series constructed an argument for vision informed by theology (values) in church leadership. My last post listed certain pre-conditions and the first three steps to take in the envisioning process. Here are the steps: Pray. Obvious, but so often neglected in the process. Identify the gap between theology and behavior. A pastor is … Continue reading Vision and Theology in Church Leadership (Part Six)

Vision and Theology in Church Leadership (Part Four)

When it comes to vision, theology and church leadership, many leaders adopt a non-theological consensus approach to leading, equating "consensus" with "relational." Yet relational leadership is not consensus leadership. Typically consensus leaders call a small group of people together and facilitate a meeting to hammer out a vision for the congregation. The result is then handed down to the … Continue reading Vision and Theology in Church Leadership (Part Four)

Vision and Theology in Church Leadership (Part Three)

Our theology should shape how we lead the church. Christian theology emphasizes the giftedness of an individual and the importance of crafting a place in the organization accordingly. Put simply, the theological assumption is that churches are constructed according to the leading of the Spirit (1 cor 12.7). Each person bears a unique responsibility for a piece … Continue reading Vision and Theology in Church Leadership (Part Three)

Vision and Theology in Church Leadership (Part One)

How should a pastor/church leader determine vision for the church? Obvious answers include go to God and/or go to the Scriptures, right? Well...yes and no. Certainly Christians believe God answers prayer. So consulting Him about the direction of the church seems like a good idea (to say the least). And the Scriptures teach that the … Continue reading Vision and Theology in Church Leadership (Part One)

Un-Ethical Leadership (Part Two)

Relational Leadership recognizes that the at core of unethical behavior is a distorted view of people and our relationship to them. For example, how do you as a leader look at your people? Are they children to be managed, resources to be exploited, pieces of the organization to be shuffled and arranged by an omnipotent “human resource … Continue reading Un-Ethical Leadership (Part Two)

Relational Leadership (Part Four)

Describing Relational Leadership is what my last posts have been about. Relational Leadership, as explained in Part Two, is the recognition that leaders and followers are in relationship to one another. Good leaders must therefore connect with the values and motivations of followers. In other words, a Relational Leader understands that the culture of a group, whether a church … Continue reading Relational Leadership (Part Four)

Relational Leadership (Part Three)

We've said previously Relational Leadership is based on the insight that leaders and followers are in a relationship. We've also said that Relational Leadership is about connecting with the values and motivations of the followers. So how do we import Relational Leadership into an organization without "blowing it up?" We start with the leadership team. Cleve … Continue reading Relational Leadership (Part Three)

Relational Leadership (Part Two)

What is Relational Leadership? We sketched out a definition of Relational Leadership in our last post. Relational Leadership, simply put, is the recognition that leaders and followers are in relationship to one another. Good leaders must therefore connect with the values and motivations of followers.  Ok, but what does Relational Leadership look like in the … Continue reading Relational Leadership (Part Two)