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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

Sources Of Power In Church Leadership: Power With

The dictionary definition of power is “the capacity or the ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events.” We use phrases like economic power, political power, balance of power, the powers that be, in power and out of power. Yet, more important than any of these are two other phrases whose prepositions make all... Continue Reading

Sources Of Power In The Local Church: Power Over

Last week in our post, Approaches To Power In Church Leadership, we unpacked two sources of leadership power in the local church, Personal Power (Me Power) and Polity Power (We Power). But there are other ways to view power that deserve attention as well, specifically Power Over, Power With, Power Within, and Empowerment. First, we want to make a distinction... Continue Reading

Approaches To Power In Church Leadership

Though the term power is fairly easy to define, “the capacity or the ability to direct or influence the behavior of others or the course of events,” it is much more complex and nuanced in application, especially in the local church. In the coming weeks I will be sharing comparisons and experiences with various approaches to power in the church:... Continue Reading

It’s Harder To Stay There Than To Get There

A question that is often asked in career discussions is, “are you willing to pay the price?” It is common to think that the price is limited to the effort to attain a position. That you can simply work hard to attain a position, then you can sit back and enjoy the rewards. In reality the price you pay to... Continue Reading

Is There Really A Silver Bullet To Running A High Performance and High Development Staff Culture?

My biggest regret, from a leadership development perspective, is that I didn’t taking coaching seriously or pursue a certification in coaching earlier in my career. My experience in the effectiveness of one on one coaching conversations with my direct reports is backed up by one of Gallup’s most famous leadership breakthroughs, based on meta-analytics of 100 million employee interviews. And,... Continue Reading

Why Ministers Need To Understand The Four Foundational Principles Of Emotional Intelligence

The idea that intelligence is more multi-faceted than simply book smarts has been widely proven. It’s now acknowledged and accepted that personal intelligence is a combination of EQ (emotional intelligence), IQ (intellectual capability), and personality (innate traits). Emotional intelligence, intellectual capability, and your personality traits help to make you uniquely you. Increasingly, those in leadership and management positions are viewing... Continue Reading

Church Leader, Are You An Empath?

If you are in vocational ministry there is a better than average chance that you are an empath, or at least have some of the attributes of an empath, or have an empath that is prominent in your life. What is an empath? People who acutely feel the emotional, mental, and at times, physical states of others are called empaths.... 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