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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.

Paul LaRue explains why you need to set goals for the “in-between” times:

You’ve been diligent at creating goals for your organization, your team, and yourself.

You have laid out objectives for people development, and your own leadership development.

That’s all well and good, but have you neglected another set of goals, one that rounds out the whole person you’re trying to become?

Have you set goals for the non-work, or down-time portions of your life?

Kevin Kruse has some advice on leading well when change is in the air:

Change. That word can be a very troubling thing for some people. And for others, it is a welcomed reprieve from a monotonous pattern. Regardless of where you personally fall on the continuum, the reality is that at some point in each of our lives, we will be faced with change. And there’s nothing you can do about it! But how you react to that change and how you help others walk through change; now that is what you can do something about.

Carey Nieuwhof lists five reasons that church leaders are highly susceptible to moral failure:

In the beginning, most pastors and leaders have excellent motives…and then something happens.

While I’m sure the pattern varies between people and situations, I’ve seen some patterns I’ve learned to check in myself.

I share them in the hopes they can help every leader before they get into an even slightly compromising situation, let alone an affair or other morally tainted situation.

Phil Cooke lays out seven steps an organization should immediately take when a leader experiences a moral failure:

In the religious and nonprofit world, a leader’s moral failure still has a major impact. Along with the theological and scriptural issues, there’s also a significant trust issue involved. The common thinking is that if he or she can’t be trusted to honor marriage vows, then the leader is likely untrustworthy in other areas as well. However you personally fall on the spectrum of that thinking, the truth is, churches, ministries, and nonprofits take a heavy hit when a leader has an affair, or worse, is involved in illegal sexual behavior. In these cases, how the organization reacts in the first 24 hours is critical. Having advised numerous organizations through these difficult situations, here’s my recommendations for the first 24 hours of the crisis…

Marshall Segal reminds us why the impact of a leader’s moral failure affects so many others:

Reactions will range from confusion to disbelief to fury. Some will wonder how sin could capture the heart of someone God has used so powerfully in the church. Some will look for all the dirty details, secretly glad to see another gifted leader go down. Some will withdraw and rebel in disgust and anger, not willing to trust or submit to leadership in the church again.

Whatever else we feel and learn in the wake of the fall, we should see that the consequences of sin in leaders seep into the church, leading people astray — away from God and against him.

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