Here are some things to keep in mind as you grow your leadership muscles for new challenges.
In Judson Edward’s book, The Leadership Labyrinth, he describes 21 paradoxes in ministry. He defines the ‘relationship paradox’ in this way: the people who like you the most will be the ones you try least to please. He then writes that these three kinds of people fill every church. His insights are quite helpful. The energizers: their very…
The more I have written about church leadership the more critics would email to say I shouldn’t. I shouldn’t tie leadership and the church together so closely. People have said I focus too much on church leadership and not enough on Jesus.
That’s when, as I fought back tears, I jotted down these insights that I learned from these kids who are surviving cancer.
What is keeping many of these churches from reaching their full potential? In many cases, I think it’s something as simple – but decisive – as the Shepherd-Rancher divide. This is based on the premise that these are the two basic kinds of church leaders — Shepherds and Ranchers.
We had some successes in the five years I pastored there—increased attendance, major structural changes, renewed vision, and healthy leadership — it wasn’t me who saved the church. The church saved me.