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)

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)

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

Leadership and Vision

The leader’s vision should drive the organization. True or false? While leadership’s vision is supposed to guide the organization down the path, it just isn't that simple. No matter how much we try to get our people to “buy-in” to our finely crafted and polished vision, their own personal motivations and values will always be … Continue reading Leadership and Vision

No Answer Leadership?

How important is it for the leader to have the answers to the problems facing an organization? Some would say essential. “How can you lead if you don’t know where you are going?” Or “Isn’t it the leader’s job to get things fixed?”  The answer is, it depends.  One of the real temptations of leadership … Continue reading No Answer Leadership?

Theology, Leadership and Community (part two)

So…what’s the culture of leadership like at your place of worship? How do authority, position, and church office fit together?  Many leaders these day hang their hats on Servant Leadership, a concept where “the servant-leader is servant first…” (Greenleaf, 2007, p. 27). Success, according to that way of thinking, is measured by how much a person … Continue reading Theology, Leadership and Community (part two)