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During this series of blog entries, we’re walking through the 8 characteristics highlighted in the Leadership Effectiveness Profile. These characteristics were found through observation and research in response to the question, “What makes an effective leader?”...read more
At least in America, where I live, everybody is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. It doesn’t matter if you actually have any ancestors from Ireland. People wear green shirts, order Shamrock shakes, or even dye their city river green (I’m looking at you, Chicago). But it...read more
Directional Clarity looks at the ability to identify a credible destination and clearly communicate to others how to get there. A good leader needs directional clarity. In the day-to-day business of life and leadership, it’s incredibly easy to lose sight of where...read more
The second quality highlighted on the Leadership Effectiveness Profile as being essential to strong leadership is contextual thinking. Contextual thinking means how well you link specific events, tasks and actions in a wider perspective or pattern. Good leaders need...read more
Quality number #1 highlighted in the Leadership Effectiveness Profile? Emotional Intelligence. Unsurprisingly, leaders need at least a basic level of emotional intelligence in order to lead others effectively. Emotional intelligence means our capacity to recognize,...read more
I had the pleasure of speaking to Tom Camacho of the Vineyard about how they are leveraging a coaching system to help their church planters a while back. The original interview can be found here, or for ease of reading, we've included it below: Becoming All That God...read more
The Leadership Effectiveness Profile falls into the category I discussed in my last blog entry: Theories that did not spring directly from scripture, but are illuminated by natural revelation and supported by special revelation. The 8 competencies of the Leadership...read more
As we in the United States observe President’s Day today, authority can be a challenging concept to understand. Who has it and why? Does it come from position? From character? From earning trust? How we answer these questions depends on our identity. If we are first...read more
On Valentine’s Day, a holiday usually focused on emotions and romantic love, I thought it would be good to look at what scripture has to say about love. My conclusion? Love is difficult. It’s a high calling and it costs us something. A love that is difficult can...read more
I was never a natural at some of the "standard" pastoral skills. I wasn’t sure what to say on hospital visits or what to do at weddings. The church I was part of offered counseling after the services, and sometimes it was hard for me to know what to do when people...read more
When I was first planting a church many years ago, I found that I was getting tired and discouraged every few weeks. I prayed the psalms, crying out to God, asking for his help, praying for perspective. I was on the lookout for unconfessed sin. I tried counting my...read more
“Why are we talking about leadership and management? This is the church. We don’t want to bring all this secular business stuff into it.” You may have heard statements like this from parishioners. Or you may have said similar things yourself. Often when people talk...read more