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What Is Spiritual Bypassing and What Should Church Leaders Know About It

If you are a church leader then chances are you have at one time or another practiced spiritual bypassing, whether you are aware of it or not. What is spiritual bypassing? It is a term coined by prominent psychotherapist and author, John Welwood. He defined spiritual bypassing as using “spiritual ideas, words and practices to sidestep or avoid personal, emotional... Continue Reading

How To Pray An Examining Prayer

What is an examining prayer? Typically, it involves reflection on and evaluation of one’s thoughts, activities, and conduct. The Jesuits refer to such prayer as an “examen” or an “examen of conscience” that is based on a spiritual practice developed by St. Ignatius in the 16th Century. Many forms of “The Examine” have been developed over the years but the... Continue Reading

A Spiritual Discernment Approach To Personal Decision Making

Most of us don’t have a pre-determined process in how to discern the will of God for our lives when considering a significant or potentially life altering decision. We pray and search Scripture, seek Godly counsel and hope for the best. That’s not necessarily a bad approach and admittedly, decision making and discernment of God’s will may vary from person... Continue Reading

How To Get Staff To Want To Return To The Church Office

In our last article we pointed out how church leaders need to intentionally prepare for staff to return to the office once COVID-19 restrictions are eased.  We observed that one of the most important questions leaders will have to address is How do we get staff to want to work on-site? All signs point to employees returning to a “hybrid” work environment... Continue Reading

How To Prepare For Staff To Return To Work In the Church Office

After over a year of layoffs, cut backs, remote working, Zoom staff meetings, and worrying about employee wellbeing, asking church staff to return to work in the office can feel like yet another challenge for church leaders to overcome. But, it can also be viewed as an opportunity…an opportunity to redefine the benefits of your onsite workplace culture. First Things... Continue Reading

A Step By Step Guide To Effective Delegation

What you are doing is not good. You and the people who come to you will only wear yourselves out. The work is too heavy for you; You cannot handle it alone. But, select capable men from all the people – men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain – and appoint them officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties... Continue Reading

How To Know Who To Delegate To

Do you feel stressed and overloaded? If so, it may be time to recognize that even super-efficient you needs help and support from time to time. There’s only a limited amount that you can do, however hard you work. You can only work so many hours in a day. There are only so many tasks you can complete in these... Continue Reading

How To Know What Shouldn’t Be Delegated

In contrast to last week’s article where we talked about tasks that should be delegated, this week we look at some tasks that should never be delegated and should typically remain as the Manager’s/Supervisor’s responsibility. What Shouldn’t Be Delegated Each church leader must determine those tasks, responsibilities and projects that they and they alone should do, assume, or lead. These... Continue Reading

How To Know What Should Be Delegated

Often some of the most challenging decisions a Manager/Supervisor has to make is determining what to delegate and what to keep for themselves.  I’ve found it helpful to think in terms of two buckets of tasks – what should be delegated and what shouldn’t be delegated. In this article we will look at how to determine what should be delegated.... Continue Reading

How To Know When to Delegate

In previous articles we’ve written about how delegation is a win-win when done properly. Yet, that doesn’t mean that you can delegate anything and everything. To determine when you should delegate I’ve learned that it is helpful to ask yourself a series of questions. When You’re Deciding Whether To Delegate Work, Ask The Following Questions To determine when delegation is... Continue Reading

Biggest Mistakes In Delegation

In recent articles we have written about why delegation is important, some of the hindrances to delegation, and the skills required to be an effective delegator. By now I hope you are convinced that delegation is a key to being an effective church leader. In this article we turn our attention to the biggest mistakes leaders tend to make when... Continue Reading

Top Six Delegation Skills

After watching several ministry leaders assume broader departmental responsibilities, I can say with confidence that one of the most difficult transitions for new Managers/Supervisors to make is the shift from doing to leading. As a new department Manager/Supervisor your temptation will be to hold on to the work you did so effectively as an individual ministry leader. Peers and bosses may even appreciate... Continue Reading