Off-Season Leadership

1st point. Last Sunday the Indianapolis Colts activated receiver Blair White from their practice squad to fill the place of injured Pierre Garcon. For those who are not football aficionados, this means a man who practiced with the team in the off-season, went through Training Camp in the Summer, but couldn't make the top selection … Continue reading Off-Season Leadership

Power, Pride and Leadership

  We don't often (enough) consider how and why leaders use power in the church.  A few years back, a small church located squarely in Southern Bible Belt decided to update their hymnal. The young pastor gathered all (9) of the musical people in the church, dusted off his hymnology notes from seminary, and brought … Continue reading Power, Pride and Leadership

Christian Leadership and Capitalism

Are Christian leaders/pastors invested in the success of capitalism?  An honest answer must be yes and no. First, the yes. Capitalism is devoted to the concept of self-interest. (See Alan Greenspan's comments here.) And Christianity teaches that at heart, most people are all about self-interest. Thus capitalism works because it  appeals to that which is … Continue reading Christian Leadership and Capitalism

Leadership, Experience and the Intangibles

  The other night experienced quarterback Tony Romo was interviewed before the Cowboys played the Redskins. In commenting on his development as a leader on the team, he replied that experience is the best tool for developing the decision-making skills necessary to win. He's right of course but that common bit of wisdom isn't true … Continue reading Leadership, Experience and the Intangibles

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)

Un-Ethical Leadership (Part One)

At times, church leaders behave unethically. Padding membership reports to the denomination; under (or over) reporting finances to the congregation; making decisions for parishioners as though they were children; refusing to address poor behavior from fellow leaders and congregants; these are ethical leadership issues. Christians are known for having a moral code, even if they aren't  so good … Continue reading Un-Ethical Leadership (Part One)

Leadership Disaster

Sometimes the seeds for leadership disasters are sown at the very beginning of a leader's tenure.  Rev. Jack, in the market for a new church, found a new pastoring opportunity. Although the church had grown over the last few years, it had seen decline in attendance and finances as the pastoral search process took its toll. … Continue reading Leadership Disaster

Leadership Snip-Its

I stumbled on a great (if that's the right word) list of why churches stall. Pastors and church leaders can benefit from thinking through the list. If you look closely, each reason can be traced back to an underlying (false) assumption about the church. It's so important for churches (and any other organization) to keep their focus … Continue reading Leadership Snip-Its