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Six Traits of the Best Small Group Hosts

Some churches raise the bar when it comes to recruiting small group leaders. You need to be a member for X amount of time, well versed in the church's doctrinal statement, agree to a lifestyle covenant, etc. The more qualified the leader, the stronger the group will be... or so goes conventional wisdom. But is that really true? My friend Ron Wilbur, one of Saddleback's Small Groups Pastors, once told me I'd probably make a terrible small group leader. It wasn't that he was …

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What Happens When I Fail to Delegate

Always in the back of my mind is this thought, "Don't be the factor holding back the growth of Grace Hills Church." I believe in John Maxwell's Law of the Lid. So if my leadership is sub-par, and I'm supposed to be at the head of the pack, where does that leave other leaders for whom I am responsible? I need to be keenly aware of my blindspots, which means allowing other leaders, especially my wife, to look and speak into my life. I have some leadership flaws I'm working …

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8 Simple Ways to Pour Into Leaders

In the American church, we tend to think of leadership development as a classroom and curriculum-based process, but Jesus had a better idea: spend time with people. Jesus allowed His life to rub off on His chosen leaders and to pour His wisdom into them, and we can do the same. Sometimes it's a matter of spotting the natural opportunities that come along while at other times, its an intentionally-planned conversation. Here are some simple ways to make leadership …

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The Most Dangerous Threat to Your Leadership

... is you. We often guard against the negative impact of others or our perceived threat from other leaders, but at the end of the day, we leaders are our own worst enemies. The most damaging things that will happen to your leadership will be carried out by you. When pride prevents you from learning When anger destroys someone close to you When your ego prevents you from mentoring those who might surpass you When you fold to temptation and risk everything …

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Change Your Culture Before Changing Your Structure

If you want to change the trajectory of your church or organization, you need to think about how to create a new culture before you begin creating chaos. I believe that the Pastor of a church is the leader God has chosen as overseer and shepherd of the flock. Nowhere in Scripture, or sheep farming for that matter, do we find sheep setting the agenda either as a whole or in little committees of sheep. It is also true that there has never been a good dictatorial leader …

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3 Ministries of Every Church Staff Member

Some churches view the staff as hired workers. If that is the case in your church, respect your leaders and don't blame any rebellious attitudes on what I am about to say about this. Other churches view the staff as interdependent creative thinkers and leaders. In the first case, the usual mentality is "anything you aren't doing for the church should be done 'off the clock'." In the second case, the mentality is "everything you do as ministry and mission benefits us as long …

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Be a More Balanced Church

Remember the old V-8 commercials where someone who wasn't taking in a balanced diet would be leaning to one side? That's what I think of as I read the thoughts and opinions of various church leaders about "what the church should be all about." It typically sounds something like one of the following... Jesus was a disciple-making discipler who discipled disciples, so the church should be all about making disciple-making discipling disciples as well. Let's disciple some …

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If You’re a Pastor or Church Leader, You Must Read IT

It is a really great book! It is all about "how churches and leaders can get it and keep it." What is it? Though Craig Groeschel never really defines it, he does offer this clarifying list: It is what God does through a rare combination of these qualities found in his people: - Passion for his presence - A deep craving to reach the lost - Sincere integrity - Spirit-filled faith - Down-to-earth humility - Brokenness There are a few books I've read in the last decade …

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More Influence: 21 From-the-Gut Lessons for Kingdom Leaders

I've collected together 21 of my favorite posts (from now almost 1,500 blog posts over seven years) about leadership and I've issued this free ebook. Normally, I argue that there is no such thing anymore as "ebooks." Rather there are simply books that start with "e." In other words, the walls between traditional and online publishing are crumbling rapidly. But for this particular project, I have purposely left these blog posts, for the most part, unedited. They are raw, still …

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5 Thoughts About Excellence In Ministry

If something is worth doing, it's worth doing well. As Paul put it in Colossians 3:17, "And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father." (NLT) If we're representing God, we should do things well for His glory. At the same time, excellence shouldn't be exalted above some other values that really outrank it. In the pursuit of excellence, remember these five guiding principles. We do things with excellence …

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