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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.

Geoff Surratt thinks there are some lessons for leaders in the recent Volkswagen scandal:

The mistake VW made was telling a story that did not match reality. Rather than admitting that they couldn’t make a diesel engine that met all of the required specifications, they invented a narrative of success. They convinced the public that their German engineers could do things no other engineers in the world could accomplish. The disaster for VW isn’t that their cars don’t pass tests, the disaster is that their leaders can’t be trusted to tell the truth.

We run the same risk as Christian leaders.

Brad Lomenick shares one critical thing that every leader needs to do:

Young leaders consistently ask me: “what’s one practical piece of advice for becoming/being a leader who gets things done?” A leader that is trustworthy and reliable. The kind of leader when you ask them to get something done, you have complete confidence that it will happen.

My answer is always the same: Write It Down. Always. What do I mean?

Dan Reiland explains why leaders need to hold on to our ministries with open hands:

The longer you lead in any one organization, the more difficult it is to let go. That’s natural. You’ve invested more so there is more to protect. It’s not unlike the difference between the meager bank account of a young adult just moving out for the first time, with all the risks they are willing to take, and a 65-year-old married couple’s life savings. You handle the money differently.

In leadership, however, it’s important to be very open-handed with your leadership…

Christopher Scott lists seven ways to craft effective job descriptions for your church volunteers:

Potential volunteers often hear the church solicit help for different areas of need, but then show up to help and discover a lack of direction about what needs to be done, how it needs to be done, when it needs to be completed, or who is in charge. As a result volunteers often bail out of the volunteer opportunity.

People want direction. They want to know why they are serving and what is expected of them. Here are seven simple steps you can use in creating simple and effective volunteer job descriptions for your church…

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