Leadership Roundup

Leading worship isn’t just about music. It’s also about leading people: the people on your team and the people in your congregation.

There are so many great articles on leadership being posted online, and I’m finding new ones every week. So that means it’s time for this week’s Leadership Roundup.

Below you’ll find some of the best leadership resources I came across this week. Save them to Instapaper or Pocket or Read It Later or your bookmarks, and check them out when you have some time this weekend. Be challenged and be encouraged. Be a better leader.

Remember, these are just excerpts, but I strongly encourage you to click through and read each post in its entirety.

Joel Klampert passes on some leadership lessons for church from leading a nature walk:

I was doing some internet strolling this past week while in prayer and thinking about ministry leading and I kept getting this picture of a trail guide. Once that was in my brain I did a little searching and came across an article on WikiHow called “How to lead a nature walk“. I found it very interesting and things started to pop up in my brain as I went through each step and compared to the local church and leading towards a vision. Below is the list on leading a nature walk and how it translates to the church.

Sam Rainer on why leaders sometimes need to be managers as well:

We’ve made the distinction between leadership and management too stark. Are they separate? Yes. Is there much overlap between them? Absolutely. Is there such a thing as a pure leader, one who never manages? Maybe, though I struggle for an example. Is there such a thing as a pastor who never manages? Absolutely not. Let me make a bold statement: If you’re not willing to manage a church, then you’re not qualified to lead a church.

Ed Underwood on the importance of clear communication in leadership:

As a young man I cut my leadership teeth as a squad leader on an elite firefighting crew for the U. S. Forest Service, the Fulton Hotshots. After college, I served as an officer in the United States Army in various leadership positions in a tank battalion. The communication was often crass, even profane, as you might imagine. What it was not was unclear, vague, or mysterious. Firemen and soldiers have a refreshingly distinct way of telling you exactly what they think about you or the organization. They tell you…exactly what they mean!

Wayne Wrzesinski lists some keys for spiritual leadership, including the ability to be a servant:

I believe that the first quality that a spiritual leader needs to have is the ability to be a servant. We see countless times Jesus talks about being a servant and telling us that in order to be great in God’s kingdom we will need to lower ourselves and serve others. This may not be the first thing that one would look for when look for a leader, but I believe it is key to being a good spiritual leader.

Sean Doherty explains the difference between thermometer leadership and thermostat leadership:

As a leader you will be placed in various realms of influence where you will be constantly tested. Leaders are presented daily with situations that will shed some light into their leadership style. Many leaders often fall into two categories – the thermometer style leader or thermostat style leader.

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