Trusted Leadership Begins Here

Trusted Leadership Begins Here

Today’s church faces great uncertainty and risk. To be alive and well calls for trusted leadership. Imagine two lists: One contains the qualities that a pastor should have, and another that includes the attributes most pastors would say they wouldn’t choose to lead...

What Does Real Leadership Look Like?

I recently had the privilege of teaching a week-long Doctor of Ministry seminar in a seminary to a group of very bright and thoughtful students. Our topic was leadership that is adaptive, visionary, innovative and entrepreneurial. We read some fine books on the...
The Spirit of Your Staff

The Spirit of Your Staff

Jesus used questions to shape his disciples into the leaders he needed them to be.  Those same questions can be a powerful means for shaping your staff team as well. One of the most important elements of a healthy church is the staff culture.  Whether yours is a large...
Four Traps for Clergy and their New Congregation

Four Traps for Clergy and their New Congregation

In a recent conversation, a minister asked me what I thought were the major traps that most often snared ministers when they moved to a new congregation. Great question! Healthy churches and ministers pay attention to potential trouble spots and act in a proactive way...
How Do Leaders Become Leaders?

How Do Leaders Become Leaders?

Recently my friend, Joe, and I were playing golf in Dallas. Inevitably when we play our conversation turns to church.  Joe is a trusted friend and former chaplain.  As we talked about the ebb and flow of church life we both spoke admiringly of our church’s...
Creating A Culture of Call

Creating A Culture of Call

In my interactions with churches across the country, one specific conversation nearly always emerges. With furrowed brows and a worried tone, they ask: “Where is the next generation of pastoral leadership for churches like ours going to come from?” The concern is...