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Moving beyond being slot-filling leaders

Moving beyond being slot-filling leaders

The more we are following the leading of the Holy Spirit, the more we move out of the role of being a slot-filling leader. We move from thinking just organizationally to thinking more deeply in terms of people development. From "What do we need to get done? Who can we...

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Unlearning and relearning

Unlearning and relearning

Alvin Toffler- “The illiterate of the twenty first century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” This is a great quote I ran across recently. I wonder how this concept relates to church leadership as it changes...

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Catch before you pitch

Catch before you pitch

One of the mistakes leaders frequently make is that they pitch their idea or solution before they’ve prepared people to be able to respond.  Leaders often will see ahead of others that there’s a problem or need. They pre-think the solution, then gather people into a...

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Never assume someone is too busy

Never assume someone is too busy

One of the things I’ve observed is that leaders sometimes make decisions for other people by deciding in advance that the other person is already too busy for a particular new challenge. Therefore the leader doesn’t ask them. That’s presumptuous. By making that...

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Pruning comes first

Pruning comes first

Before you can begin delegating new tasks and developing new leaders, pruning must come first. The primary question of pruning is: What are you going to stop doing? If you don’t prune, you don’t have the bandwidth to develop others because you’re still carrying loads...

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Focus your anger

Focus your anger

Those of you who know me know I love biking. Recently I was riding my bike on a nice large street. It wasn’t even crowded. So I was shocked when a pickup truck passed me 25 feet before an intersection and proceeded to turn right directly in front of me. I started...

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Why staff meetings are mostly a waste

Why staff meetings are mostly a waste

Consider the average staff meeting: some catch up, coordinating of calendars, maybe a bit of support. Usually when you walk away, you haven’t accomplished much, and you’re generally you’re not in a place where the team had enough time for focused thinking about the...

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Annual time budget

Annual time budget

The questions have been asked before: What are the big rocks? The core contributions we’re supposed to be making? How do we allocate significant blocks of time to do those? The higher you are in leadership, the more important it is to look at your whole year. Most of...

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Help your staff members keep growing

Help your staff members keep growing

I remember many years ago meeting a very sharp assistant pastor. He was young, but came into his role with a great deal of energy and potential. He was functioning well in his current role, so the senior pastor was pleased. However, the senior pastor made an important...

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Not defining success by outcomes

Not defining success by outcomes

In many cases, the success of an endeavor is measured by whether it accomplishes the intended outcomes. And if the outcomes are something under your control, that’s a perfectly fine measurement to use. Yet I’ve found that in ministry, we often tie our success to...

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Obedience and knowledge

Obedience and knowledge

The essence of discipleship is "teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you" (Matt 28:20a).  It's not just about teaching knowledge, but about teaching obedience so people can live into what Jesus taught and how he lived. That's the point. In some cases,...

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