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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.

Geoffrey Kirkland lists five things that should be top priorities for every church leader:

As a minster of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I do well to remember simple and essential truths from Scripture regarding my duties. I know myself and my tendency to veer off course, to pursue hobby-horses, and to do what’s comfortable and to neglect what’s difficult. But to remember God’s glorious, gracious, wise and clear precepts for me to follow as a pastor benefits me and the flock that God has called me to shepherd. Furthermore, it glorifies God for me to remember my God-given duties and my blessed responsibilities as a minister of the gospel. In this essay, I’ll list 5 of them.

I think Charles Stone’s advice for a pastor’s “Ministry of Presence” applies to worship leaders, too:

I’ve been in full-time vocational ministry 35 years and have always believed that the most important use of my time on Sunday was when I brought the message. I still believe that, but now also believe that the second most important time is right before and right after the service. I call it my ‘ministry of presence.’ My high visibility as I chat with people, shake their hands, and give them a listening ear provides a tiny “one-on-one” window into their hearts. I believe those brief interactions may affect some people more than the sermon itself. Here are four simple choices we can make to maximize that time…

Lori Wilhite shares some communication lessons for church planters that are good for all church leaders to follow:

I’m not a church planter. Never have been. My husband, Jud, and I are more what you’d call church transitioners. With that being said, you can certainly take or leave this advice. But I wanted to share some thoughts on church planting from the viewpoint of someone at an established church in the city where you are planting… Here is my advice: Consider your language.

Dan Black explains why every church leader should be writing online (I might be biased, but I can’t help but agree):

Every leader should thoughtfully consider being an active blogger (consistently publishing posts). The act of writing and publishing has the potential to benefit yourself and others. Below are five convincing reasons why you should be blogging…

Tim Elmore teaches you how to be a better leader by practicing the art of followership:

One season, a major league player was injured, and part of his rehabilitation was playing some games on Jeremy’s Triple A team to get strong again. As players hopped on the bus for their next road trip one day, this guy stood next to the bus, helping the younger players load their bags and equipment. Jeremy was impressed by his humility, and by the fact that this player saw himself as part of something bigger than himself. The talented athlete was clearly a team leader—but he was also a follower.

He influenced by practicing the art of followership…

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