3 unreasonable expectations pastors have of their churches

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I’ve seen these unreasonable expectations in churches with a low view of membership, as well as churches with a high view of membership. I’m guilty of all three.

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How envy becomes respect: getting past envy of other pastors

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Both of us were considered “up-and-comers.” We were close in age, and even among well-meaning men who love the Lord, competition can crop up subtly.

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Capacity, character and competence

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While many argue that leadership is not about traits, most will acknowledge that there are certain qualities that are common among great leaders: capacity, character and competence.

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The difference between curious leaders and caring leaders

Leaders in churches with more than a few hundred people can’t possibly care for each individual. The issue isn’t whether a leader personally invests in each person, but his / her default posture and tone.

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What leadership transparency encourages: 4 outcomes

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Transparency is a healthy leadership characteristic. But why? In the context of a local church, what does a transparent pastor encourage, as opposed to one who is not?

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6 ways pastors can find work balance

Pastors are a notorious bunch when it comes to work. Here are 6 tips for helping these workaholics find a better work balance.

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3 things “churches in the shadows” can learn from megachurches

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Not every small church in the country is destined to become a megachurch, nor should it be. Nearly 90% of all churchgoers attend much smaller churches and obviously enjoy the size, fellowship and ministry they find there. Even so, here are some things we can learn from the megachurches, and which are likely to contribute to continued health and vitality, if not attendance growth.

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Familiarity breeds awesome: a leadership lesson from the USAF Thunderbirds

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There’s an old saying, “Familiarity breeds contempt.” I don’t know who coined the phrase or what the circumstances were, but they were wrong for the most part — at least with regards to leadership.

From nearly entry vantage point of church leadership, I’ve found familiarity to be an asset.

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Why local influence is more essential than a national platform

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Pastor A has a top-ranked podcast, a book deal from a well-known publisher, and 150,000 Twitter followers.

Pastor B is the secretary at the local Rotary Club, is the assistant football coach at the middle school, and recently joined a bowling league.

Both pastors have influence. Both are doing God’s will. Both enjoy their callings.

I will make a bold statement: Pastor B’s local influence is ultimately more vital to church health than Pastor A’s national platform.

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Get to the ‘why’ in ministry

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Over the years, I’ve attended many training sessions. I’ve taught more than my share of them and have found that often, it is the simple ideas that can be the most profound.

In my ministry of equipping pastors and churches and sharing our vision of the Church, one of the lessons I’ve learned and teach often is the What, How and Why. All are important, but it’s the Why that matters.

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