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 Two)

How does a church leader/pastor lead people and "get vision" in a church whose theology states God lives with them? Too many pastors leave their theological training at the door of the board-room. They assume that theology is irrelevant to practical, modern stuff like running boards and committees. Ironically the top-down leadership style they adopt is not only theologically … Continue reading Vision and Theology in Church Leadership (Part Two)

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

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

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)

Leadership Snip-its

Here's a great little leadership nugget over at Seth Godin's place. Would that everyone would engage in discussions like this. Imagine the savings in time, energy and relationships. Although as a church leader, I might push-back on his conclusion, just a little. 🙂

Biblical Leadership – Myths (part 3)

Biblical Leadership is a myth? Well…kind of. At least the way it's usually portrayed. Often people writing about Biblical leadership take a “Let’s do leadership like Moses, or David, or Jesus, or Paul,” kind of approach. That is not a study of Leadership but of leaderships.  Let me be academic here for just a minute. … Continue reading Biblical Leadership – Myths (part 3)

Leadership Expectations

Do the people you lead expect you to calm things down, provide stability, and return things to normal? Isn’t that what leadership is supposed to do? In most churches this is the main responsibility of the pastor/leader. After all, the very title of pastor conjures up visions of green fields full of happy sheep frolicking … Continue reading Leadership Expectations

Leadership & Theology?

Why write about theology when discussing leadership?  Georgia Sorenson, writing on James MacGregor Burns, observed that he changed modern leadership studies, which historically focused on effectiveness by insisting leadership has moral dimensions, in fact, that leadership as a relationship, has a moral core of motivations (in Couto, R. (Ed.) 2007, pp.24-25). Since then, the bulk … Continue reading Leadership & Theology?