Capacity, character and competence


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.


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.


Pastor Coaching 101: What it is — and what it looks in practice


By Shawn Lovejoy Seminary didn’t prepare us for this. Personnel issues. Hiring. Alignment. Firing. Culture. Vision. Systems. Multiple staff. Multiple campuses. Leadership development. Dealing with growth. Spurring new growth. Financial management. And that doesn’t even cover it all! The ministry world today is so complex. Good news! There are more resources available to us than […]


Succession planning: how to prepare the church for a new pastor


The pastoral search is not an easy process. Often, church leaders are inadequately prepared to handle pastoral transition. Nevertheless, change is inevitable.


What you *don’t* know about giving can kill your ministry potential

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Every church leader recognizes that there are times when we must adapt the way we do ministry. But, when it comes to giving, we’re not always so quick to adapt.


4 reasons why churches choose to launch in rented venues


How can churches quickly, effectively launch new campuses without the cost, upkeep & space limitations of permanent spaces? By renting alternative venues in the communities they want to reach.


The Church Executive “Leadership Library” — 9 GREAT Books for Pastors


A curated collection of great books for pastors   Reaching Millennials By David Stark In Reaching Millennials, successful church consultant David Stark shares proven, practical methods for churches to attract and engage young people. Based on principles that built the early church, Stark’s strategies help leaders utilize their church’s strengths and show how churches can […]


Igniting hearts through miracles & healing


Raised in a traditional Baptist home, Timothy Berry thought his path in life was to become an engineer. That all changed at age 19, when a calling from God radically altered his course. Berry began to intensely pursue a deeper experience and understanding of God’s love, presence and power. He moved to California to study under […]


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 […]


What leadership transparency encourages: 4 outcomes


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?