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.
When I was 21 years old, I was the sole worship leader at a 600-member church. I had barely graduated college, and I found myself a young leader—the youngest pastor in the organization. Needless to say, there was a steep learning curve.
I learned quite a bit in the first few years of being a young leader, but seven lessons particularly stood out to me. Hopefully you can learn from my mistakes and all the pain points I experienced.
As a leadership coach and business consultant I am often asked, “Where are the leaders that we can admire?”
In leadership and other areas, it’s human nature to look for a role model, someone to emulate. Most of the time that means looking up. Who has what I want? Who has the biggest office, the best title, the most money?
But the search should stop. Because you don’t have to look outside yourself, because you can become the kind of leader you want to see in the world. Everyone can.
Leaders have all the answers, right? They know the long-term vision and all the steps to get there, don’t they? That delicate, awkward situation, yep…they have the perfect solution for that one too.
If only that were true! Whether you’re leading an entire congregation, a few staff members, or several volunteers, you know there are times when you’re not sure about the next step or solution. You don’t want to look completely clueless in front of those counting on you to lead the way, but faking it doesn’t seem right either. So, how do you move forward and lead your team when you’re feeling less than confident?
My ministry depends 100% on volunteer work. Yet many of those volunteers don’t serve together from one weekend to another. Given that reality, I had to create an environment where every weekend, regardless who was scheduled for a certain task, everyone involved would serve together as a team. And by team, I mean with a team building mentality.
Here are a few things I have learned in the last few years while directing a team of over 40 volunteers (and counting) who serve within the Programming Ministry every weekend…
When a movement becomes counter-cultural (as is increasingly the case with Christianity), it takes greater leadership skill and resolve to make an impact than it otherwise would.
In some ways, it’s like leading into a head-wind rather having the tail wind your predecessors may have enjoyed.
As a result, seeing results might take longer. Leadership is probably going to be harder. It’s certainly going to be more complex.
But it definitely will be worth it, and the potential for impact is huge.
With that in mind, here are 10 things church leaders need to thrive in our post-modern, post-Christian context…