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.
One essential skill leaders must have is the ability to orchestrate change effectively. Change is not optional in ministry—it’s a given. Things will change: circumstances, demographics, culture. The question is how we respond to external change and how we go about...read more
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
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
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
If you’re feeling like you lack the tools needed to lead your ministry effectively, you’re not alone. It’s been said that “God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.” Leadership challenges are not unique to any one church, or even any one denomination. In...read more
Resolutions come and go—just like new initiatives in congregations come and go. What makes them stick? Coaching. Good intentions only take us so far. If you are ready to see real change this year… if you are ready to focus on implementation and solid steps as you...read more