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I have a theory that everyone needs to renew their leadership every 7-10 years or you grow stagnant. If you don’t renew yourself, you stagnate. And if you stagnate, you’re really not leading.
Every pastor and leader I know agrees people-pleasing is not a good quality for a leader. Talking with hundreds of pastors every year, however, I’d have to say this has to be one of the most frequent weaknesses pastors admit to me. For the pastor, when our aim is to please people, many times we are motivated more by what people want than even what God wants for the church. This is obviously dangerous. Hopefully, I don’t have to build the case here.
Finding a new staff member for your team is not only a big job, but one to be handled with discernment and care. And it’s important that the committee enter the process with the right mindset and without bias. Start with these five steps, then you’ll be prepped to take a truly objective look at each resume.
Staff, elders and board members are free to serve in leadership roles even though they may not be fully supporting the church with their finances. One church I was recently with just confirmed that 40% of their leaders weren’t contributing financially to the church’s mission. If you’re not invested in the ministry of your church, how can you expect your congregation to do the same?
I acknowledge that the desire to give announcements comes from a good place – a place of wanting to help people in the church get connected to something helpful or connected to people who will provide care and encouragement. Ministry leaders live with the burden to help people take steps into the life and mission of the church. Announcements feel like a solution to that burden. Giving lots of announcements in a worship service is the easy solution to the challenge of getting people connected, but it is not the best solution. Here are four practical ways to have fewer announcements in your weekly gathering.
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How Do You Handle Improper Use of Social Media by Church Leaders and Members? Five Questions
We live in a digital age. Some of our primary communities are found on the internet. But there seems to be something about the relative anonymity of speaking with a keyboard (or digital voice solution) that encourages us to say some things we would not say otherwise….READ MORE