KEY: Leadership isn’t about causing people to feel comfortable, it’s about taking them into their God-designed destiny.
• Tim Jack’s God’s Field Needing Wise Leaders
• Dr Murray Capill’s Winsome Preaching
• Dr Ed Delph’s Four Strategic Questions That Leaders Need to Answer…Now!
• Dick Hardy’s Does Your Church Board Follow the 18 Rules of Engagement?
• Brian Nixon’s Mind Matters: Atheism and Agnosticism
IMPROVEMENT IS NECESSARY TO THRIVE
Dick Hardy, pastoral leadership consultant, writes:
Organisations that continually improve realise that continual improvement is necessary to thrive. Think about it – every computer and smartphone user experiences this on a regular basis. You can hardly go a week without needing to install another update for your apps or devices.
FIVE LEADERSHIP VISIONS AND CHALLENGES
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.
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…)
Wayne Swift, Apostolic Church Australia National Leader, writes:
I’ve been a minister for many years now and naturally I’ve come to realise many home truths.
One is this – the outcome of minister’s efforts privately, is usually, if not always, displayed publicly. Let’s face it – a minister’s prayer life, devotional life, ongoing learning, sermon preparation and even relationships are on show. People observe our actions and our reactions, along with our struggles.
Ministers need to create what I term ‘the ultimate atmosphere’ in order to present ourselves approved by Christ and acceptable by those who witness our actions and reactions under various circumstances.
And the reality is that this is a principle for every Christian for we are all on display as it were…what someone once called ‘the fifth gospel, the gospel according to you.’ The way we all prepare ourselves is critical to the outcomes we experience. (more…)
Robert and Maureen McQuillan write:
One of the big problems in church leadership over the past 20 years or so has been pastors ‘burning out.’
Oh there’s still controversy over what really is burnout, breakdown, overwork exhaustion, depression and such.
That’s just the technical side and one for the experts to decide on. Definitions such as found in SM-5 type manuals can fluctuate and be updated as further research and case studies arise.