Healthy staff norms — 9 principles for working on a church staff

In my more than 35 years spent leading congregations and staff teams, 9 principles have consistently served to improve morale, avoid problems, and help everyone achieve success in ministry.

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The Church Executive “Leadership Library” — 6 GREAT Books for Pastors

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A curated collection of great resources for pastors   The Charles Stanley Life Principles Bible, NKJV The Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Bible delivers Dr. Stanley’s cherished values to benefit every Christian in his or her life’s pursuits. The result is a Bible overflowing with practical articles, notes, and sidebars that help readers understand what the Bible […]

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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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Get real-world, in-person church management training June 20-30 in Nashville!

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Church executives of all types know that the church is, in some ways, a business. Whether you’re a lead pastor, executive pastor, business administrator or denominational official, you attend to congregational business of facilities, finances, human resources, information technology, and a host of other issues on a daily basis. For example, take a quick test […]

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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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From John Maxwell: How character breeds perspective

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By John Maxwell Joseph puts his entire life in perspective in the final chapter of Genesis. During the height of a terrible famine, his brothers humbly come before him and bow down, just he had predicted decades earlier. When Joseph’s brothers realized that the one that they had betrayed could now do with them what […]

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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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Villanova to train 20 priests, seminarians on business & management topics

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All 20 priests, seminarians to be hosted in New York later this month

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