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)

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Vision and Theology in Church Leadership (Part Five)

Are there steps church leaders should follow to "get vision and lead the church?" Yes but a pastor/church leader must first satisfy these pre-conditions.  Knowledge of theology. Not simply an understanding of Systematics (although such knowledge is important) but a real concern for how people live out their values (theology) in the community.  Knowledge of current events. Too many pastors/church … Continue reading Vision and Theology in Church Leadership (Part Five)

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)

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

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)

Relational Leadership (Part One)

What is Relational Leadership? Some define it as leadership by consensus (also derisively known as "Pooled Ignorance"). Others think Relational Leadership is about creating good relationships in an organization (of course, “good for whom” is always nebulous). Still others think Relational Leadership is about playing politics, paying attention to what others want in order to … Continue reading Relational Leadership (Part One)