How to Fire a Friend: Subtracting for Growth

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William Vanderbloemen (From Brian Dodd on Leadership) Used by Permission July 2015 As a church or organization grows, it’s possible that it can outgrow the capacity of some faithful people who were there from the beginning. Growth can expose under-performing people, even if those people love the Lord and have a heart for the ministry. There’s a book that every pastor …

Ten People You Do Not Want On Your Church Leadership Team

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Brian Dodd BrianDoddOnLeadership.com Used by Permission I work with church leadership teams literally every day of my life. It is absolutely one of the most joyous things I have the privilege of doing. When you get a group of passionate Christ-followers unified around a compelling mission and vision and who also possess the desire, gifts, talents, abilities, and resources to …

Eight Questions to Ask When Preparing Your Sermons

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Rick Warren http://www.pastors.com Used by Permission I believe that the best model to follow in the history of preaching is Jesus. It isn’t John the Baptist, Paul, or any contemporary speaker alive today. Jesus was THE Master Communicator. The Bible says in Matthew 7:28 that “the crowds were amazed at Jesus’ sermons.” Why? Because both the content and the delivery …

Five Reasons Why Leaders Quit

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Perry Noble http://www.preaching.com Used by Permission Every church leader I’ve chatted with has done serious battle with discouragement, says Perry Noble. #1 – Burnout I once heard someone say, “I would rather burn out than rust out.” Uh… BOTH are bad because NEITHER of them finish well. Too many people in the ministry work themselves into a frenzy, never take …

Seven Deadly Thoughts of Leaders

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By the time we hear of a leadership failure, any attempts at intervention to save the leader are usually futile. The damage has been done. The family or organization suffers as their leader has fallen or, at the very least, made a major mistake. Most great leadership failures; however, don’t begin with some stupid action. The leader usually has thoughts …

Why The “Leadership Movement” Is Leaving Your Church Leaderless

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Mike Breen (From Catalyst Monthly) Leadership is one of the most over-used and overwrought topics in Christian ministry today. Yet for all the books, blogs, and conferences, there are two staggering realities we must come to grips with: First, while most churches believe they have leadership development programs, in actuality they have programs that recruit and train volunteers. A volunteer is …