Missional Leadership

How does church leadership become missional leadership? Isn’t a shame we have distinguish between the two? Depending on the polity of the church, most church leaders are elected by the congregation or selected by a nominating committee of some sort and presented to a group for ratification. The conversation often revolves around getting so-and-so more … Continue reading Missional Leadership

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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 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)

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)

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

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)