Leadership Gleanings

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RECOVERY FOR CHURCH LEADERS
Dick Hardy

Dick Hardy, pastoral leadership consultant, writes:
One of the major personal issues for leaders and people in churches is that of pornography. Many church leaders have fallen as a result of pornography addictive behaviour. These same leaders feel isolated and privately cry out for help. (more…)

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LEADERS’ HARD TIMES

Tim Jack
Tim Jack, former Apostolic Church Australia national leader, writes…

Hebrews 2:10 is very relevant for leaders today. The writer says that Jesus passed through suffering so that he might become perfect.

What an amazing statement about Jesus walking through life’s inequities – the injustice and lack of fairness of life – with his integrity intact. His passing through the worst of temptation and abuse gave him a complete experiential understanding of what church leaders endure.
In simple terms Jesus understands all the aspects of the ‘hard times’ we go though. He himself has ‘been there, done that!’ (more…)

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FIVE LEADERSHIP VISIONS AND CHALLENGES

Wayne Swift

 Wayne Swift, national church leader, writes:

In their book, The Leadership Challenge Journal, James Kouzes and Barry Posner state that there are five practices of exemplary leadership.

Leadership Challenge book

 

 

Although first written over 30 years ago, resulting from a large research project, and has been revised multiple times, yet these five practices have stayed the same.

• Model the way
• Inspire a shared vision
• Challenge the process
• Enable others to act
• Encourage the heart. (more…)

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Dick Hardy

 

TEN THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN INTERVIEWING A POTENTIAL EMPLOYEE

Dick Hardy, Pastoral Leadership Consultant emails:

Have you ever said to yourself after you hire someone, ‘Wow! I should have asked that question. How did I miss that one?’

Let me give you a few thoughts to ponder when interviewing a potential staff member. This should not be construed as an exhaustive list but should give you food for thought as you go below the waterline in learning all you can about people who desire to serve under your leadership. (Be sure to check with your legal counsel before digging on some of these subjects).

Interviewing
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JUDGMENTAL ATTITUDE
Wayne Swift

 

 

Wayne Swift queries this statement: ‘A judgmental attitude is birthed by a lack of faith in God and others.’

It’s made up and possibly right but could also be wrong. However this is something I’ve been thinking about and am simply sharing my ponderings below. You’ll need to make up your mind about how to handle this attitude when it turns up, especially in your own life as a church leader. (more…)

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DEALING WITH CRITICS WHO ARE ABSOLUTELY CLUELESS

Dick HardyDick Hardy, Pastoral Leadership Consultant emails:

We’re getting so many positive reviews about the free video series we put out last week, I thought I’d give them all to you on one page (with no opt-in required).

You get all four leadership barriers and solutions videos here: http://www.thehardygroup.org

In these videos, we shared about the seven primary barriers we’ve identified that can hinder a leader’s effectiveness: (more…)

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INTENTIONAL DISTRACTION-FREE ENVIRONMENT SERVICES
Karen Hewitt

 

Karen Hewitt writes…
We have all heard it said that our message never changes but the way we deliver it should because our society changes.

For our churches to reach a world of lost people we must be intentional about how we run our services. So often we hear something and think ‘I should examine that’ and never do. This is a friendly reminder. (more…)

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FOUR REASONS WHY LEADERS SHOULD RETURN CHALLENGING PHONE CALLS

Dick Hardy

Dick Hardy, Pastoral Leadership Consultant, writes:

From time to time all of us have situations that create the opportunity for a challenging conversation. No one likes it, but it’s a reality – unless you’re a monk!

With the advancement of technology over the last decade, it’s easier than ever to ignore a phone call and therefore ignore a conversation you know that you need to have but would rather avoid.

 
Courtesy
I suppose most folks reading this far do return phone calls, right? If so I say, ‘Hats off to you!’ At the same time, maybe you’re the type who would rather ignore the call and wait until they call back next time, but will you answer the phone then? Really you just hope they go away!
Leadership and ministry necessitate a level of professionalism that includes returning phone calls and being willing to speak truthfully despite how hard it may be. Is this an area where you could improve?

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