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The Head and Heart of Leading Change

Though I like to think of myself as someone who uses both sides of his brain, my job as an Executive Pastor overstimulated my left brain, the seat of analytical thinking and logic. Without consistent monitoring I found my right brain, where feelings and emotions reside, would atrophy. Fortunately, I had a Senior Pastor with a right brain orientation who consistently... Continue Reading

Empowerment As An Agent of Change

Empowerment is a commonly used buzzword. Everyone is for it but find it difficult to achieve. In his thought provoking book, Deep Change, Robert Quinn defines two opposite orientations to empowerment in most organizations. Mechanistic – Starts at the top and involves clarity, delegation, control and accountability Organic – Starts with the individual and involves initiative, risk, growth and teamwork... Continue Reading

The Psychology of Change in the Church

Change is a word that strikes fear in the hearts of most ministry leaders. They have personally experienced or know of a peer that has experienced the pain and disappointment of well-intentioned change. Change is never easy in any organization yet in churches the difficulty and complexity of change seems to go up exponentially. It is understandable that many ministry... Continue Reading

An 8 Step Process for Organizational Change

  Our last post examined “An 8 Step Biblical Process for Leading Change in the Church” found in Acts 15. Another resource for church leaders to consider is the now-legendary eight-step organizational change process found in John Kotter’s groundbreaking book, Leading Change. By outlining the process organizations use to effectively lead change and identifying where they are prone to derail... Continue Reading

An 8 Step Biblical Process for Leading Change

The heart of leading change in the church is listening – to God and others. When the Apostles were leading the New Testament believers in Acts 15 to question their belief that Gentiles must be circumcised to be saved they couldn’t rely just on their ability to think strategically. So they first listened, and then responded to what they heard. Eight Step Biblical... Continue Reading

Become an Expert at Church Staff Interviews

Anecdotal evidence suggests nearly half of the hires in most churches prove to be less than a perfect fit. This shouldn’t be surprising in light of the fact Ministers are usually not formally trained in how to conduct an interview. Successful hiring goes beyond just being a “good judge of people.” Among other things, it involves a plan built around... Continue Reading

12 Sources For Discovering Church Uniqueness

My pastor, Dr. Mike Glenn likes to say, “There is a reason Baskin Robbins has 31 different flavors.” His point is that God has purposefully designed each church distinctive and unique from any church that ever has or ever will exist. With that unique design comes a calling and a set of ministry assignments that are distinctive. Just as an individual... Continue Reading

Do You Have Plumb Lines for Your Church’s Decisions?

A plumb line is a simple but accurate tool used for determining whether or not something is perfectly vertical or upright. Used since ancient times, a plumb line consists of a line and weight of some sort, usually a stone or piece of lead.  References to the use of a plumb line in the Holy Scriptures are usually that of... Continue Reading

We Have To Stop Meetings Like This!

I’ve got to get our here, this meeting is a waste. I’ve got better things to do with my time! How often have you found yourself saying something similar? Bad meetings not only waste time but they drain our passion and enthusiasm for ministry. Even worse, ineffective meetings result in lack of action, poorly analyzed decisions and misuse of precious... Continue Reading

Does Your Church Have a Common Language?

Policemen, firemen, air traffic controllers, emergency room personnel and the military teach us the importance of a common language to mitigate confusion. These professions are in “life and death” jobs where their decisions can literally mean the difference between life and death. Any miscommunication can have disastrous results. Church leaders are in a “life and death” vocation as well. The... Continue Reading

10 Church Goal Measurements To Jump Start Your Planning

Do you have a “brain freeze” when you sit down to write your annual ministry goals? Staring at a blank piece of paper wondering where to start is a common and daunting experience for most of us. Admittedly, much of what we do in life and in ministry is difficult to quantify apart from anecdotal evidence. But, often we simply... Continue Reading