Holistic Leadership Development
You want to develop leaders who will do what Jesus called us to do, leaders who can take the church forward into the 21st century. You look to the fields and see them, as Jesus does, ready for harvest — and you know that’s where your ministry needs to concentrate.
What’s needed is holistic leadership development — the kind of leadership development that comes from the harvest and leads people back into the harvest, resulting in subsequent generations of new believers and new leaders living as Jesus called us to live.
We can help you develop leaders the kind of leaders you need in a way that is both relational and intentional… and ultimately effective in helping your church accomplish its mission.
You want to create a caring environment for your staff or leadership team. You also want to get things done. This dilemma is often one that senior leaders face. Yet it’s not the either/or situation we may think it is at first glance. When I was a pastor leading a...read more
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 like...read more
Have you ever faced a quandary trying to decide which way to go at a juncture of life? Have you been uncertain of God’s direction or will in a situation? Have you wanted clarity about the direction you should take moving forward? The Quaker Clearness Committee process...read more
I realized early on in ministry that I was not smart enough to be the Holy Spirit. The best I can do is to help people listen to what God is doing in their life and then to cooperate with the Holy Spirit to see God’s agenda become a reality. When we are discipling...read more
Small church pastors have some significant advantages in ministry. Here are a few ways to leverage your time and energy to make the most significant impact in your congregations. Set aside relational time. As you likely already know, relationships are essential in any...read more
Do you want to develop new leaders from within your own ministry? Do you see people who have potential, but you’re not sure how to train them to reach their optimal effectiveness? Do you want an approach to developing leaders that is clear and substantive-- yet at the...read more
How can you be sure you are asking the right questions to get to where you want to go? As you lead your church or ministry, the kinds of questions you’re asking make a big difference in where you’re going and what you do—or don’t do—in order to get there. For...read more
How to decide? Often in ministry and in life, we are faced with choices between two—or more—good options, but we don’t have the time, energy or money to do all of them. We have to choose. It’s especially difficult to choose when both options seem quite good. A friend...read more
Today's entry is by guest blogger Dr. Charles R. Ridley. I quaked. Whenever I neared her classroom, fear and trepidation besieged me. My reaction was autonomic, full of annoying emotions I could not control. Whenever she called on another student, I breathed a deep...read more
The most effective teams work well in three different modes: they pray, play, and plan. Pray. Spend time praying and worshipping together. Doing so puts relationships on a spiritual plane rather than a merely human one. Praying together builds closeness and helps...read more
You know what’s a very simple action to take that will dramatically improve your team dynamic? Asking each other for counsel and advice. Starting by setting an example, encourage networking on your team. Ask for feedback, advice, and ideas from others about your...read more
The most effective and productive teams take time to celebrate together. If you’re a visionary leader, it can be easy to see a victory then move on almost immediately to the next project or next challenge. Yet for your team, taking that tack can be both exhausting and...read more