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Leadership Lessons From Putin: The Yes People Culture

Often our best leadership lessons come from bad leaders rather than good leaders. Such is the case with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Recent news reports have speculated that he has surrounded himself with yes men and thus is not receiving accurate information on the war in Ukraine, its impact on the Russian people, and the worldwide reaction. What are yes... Continue Reading

Now Is The Time For Radical Self-Care

Hurt people, hurt people, and pastors and ministers are getting hurt in record numbers. Increasingly church leaders are confronted with unhealthy and even toxic people within their flock. Further, church leaders live with constant stress and are often running on empty. At times we need reminding that taking care of ourselves is not selfish, but prudent. Parker Palmer wisely observed,... Continue Reading

Practical Strategies for Church Leaders For A Better Staff Onboarding Process

In last week’s post we examined the three elements that every new employee wants to see included in their onboarding experience. In this article we provide a series of practical steps to ensure the process is comprehensive and effective. In Gallup’s experience, the following strategies can help supervisors/managers create a holistic onboarding experience that includes the people, learning and process... Continue Reading

The Three Common Elements New Employees Want In An Onboarding Experience

I’ve written before about the importance of an intentional onboarding and orientation process for new church staff. In this article we share the three common elements that new employees want in an onboarding experience, according to research by the Gallup Organization. The onboarding process is about fulfilling the promises you made during the recruitment process as well as preparing the... Continue Reading

What Does A Pastor Accountability And Support Team Look Like?

In our last two posts we have examined the challenges with pastor accountability and evaluation and provided a process to consider. In this post we will look at how a Pastor Accountability and Support Team might be structured. Ways A Church Might Provide Support To Their Pastor Most churches honestly want to provide their Senior Pastor with the support, encouragement,... Continue Reading

Senior Pastor Evaluation And Accountability Template

In our last article, The Conundrum of Pastor Accountability and Evaluation, we talked of the challenges in effectively and fairly evaluating and holding the Senior Pastor accountable, and provided several potential options for consideration. Another challenge that churches face in pastor accountability and evaluation is that the typical church staff evaluation form is not as applicable to the pastor. In... Continue Reading

The Conundrum Of Pastor Accountability And Evaluation

As a general practice I am all for accountability, assuming it is healthy accountability. Therein as they say is “the rub” when it comes to pastor accountability. In a church world that has become decidedly pastor-led, effective pastor accountability and evaluation is more elusive than ever. Personal experience and vast studies by Gallup make it clear that in most organizations... Continue Reading

Sources Of Power In Church Leadership: Empowerment

In recent articles we have examined several sources of power in leadership in the local church: Power Over, Power With, and Power Within. In this article we will take a look at a fourth source of power – Empowerment. Empowerment is a commonly used buzzword. Everyone is for it but find it difficult to achieve. In his thought provoking book,... Continue Reading

Sources of Power In Church Leadership: Power Within

Despite the many abuses of power documented throughout history as well as in the Bible, power itself is not inherently bad. If we do not name the good meaning of power, we will most likely become resigned to the bad. In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit is described as dynamis, which means power (Acts 10:38; 1 Corinthians 2:5). Jesus tells... Continue Reading