Supervisory questions

Supervisory questions

In the past on this blog, I have recommended doing supervision sessions with your staff people four times a year, with monthly coaching sessions in between those. But what does a good supervisory session look like? What topics should you cover? How should that staff...
Where do we get out?

Where do we get out?

by guest blogger Jonathan LaBarge As we have a Lord who is found out on the water, your church becomes something of a laboratory for stepping out of the boat. Your experiments live out Peter’s question: “Lord, if it’s you, call me out upon the...
Out of the boat

Out of the boat

by guest blogger Jonathan LaBarge The disciples are straining at the oars. The current, the wind, perhaps even the sea itself seems against them. Darkness cuts off their vision from the confines of the boat (Mt. 14). Where are they going? Could they even make it...
Church revitalization and a spirit of fear

Church revitalization and a spirit of fear

You’ve seen this situation before: A beloved pastor of many years has gone and now there’s a new pastor. The congregation is finding it hard to readjust. Even small changes in direction feel threatening. There is uncertainty about where the church is going. What will...
Sheep or shepherds?

Sheep or shepherds?

One of the major challenges in ministry is turning volunteers into leaders. You don’t just want people filling needed slots—although that’s one piece of the puzzle. You want to develop each individual: as a person, as a disciple, and as a leader. Ultimately, you are...
An executive summary of The Leadership Difference

An executive summary of The Leadership Difference

Been too busy to read The Leadership Difference? I just put together an executive summary of it that hits the highlights for you. Longer than my usual blog entries, but well worth it. Read on…. The Leadership Difference: An Executive Summary Have you ever felt...