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.
If pastoring were simply preaching and caring for people, like much of what we learn in seminary classrooms, then pastoral ministry would be rather simple. But being a pastor requires more. Being a pastor requires leadership. It requires working with strong individuals in church life, working through existing church government structures, taking time to learn the church, being willing to make hard decisions, not seeking out confrontation but not avoiding it either when it is necessary, and the list could go on.
People follow leaders by choice.
You can get compliance through imposing your authority, by coercion or manipulation, but you won’t be trusted and respected.
And when your followers do have a choice, there is no guarantee they will continue to follow you. Or if you find yourself out on a limb, it is likely you will find you’re alone.
Some bosses are leaders, but not all of them. It is possible to be a boss and not be a leader, or be a leader without being a boss. Someone may be in positional authority but not have influence, respect, or the ability to lead. And many people are able to lead and influence others without being in an official “leadership position.” Here are ten differences between a boss (someone who is only a boss) and a leader (who may also be a boss).
The greatest author on the subject of leadership is God. I appreciate and respect many authors who write on the subject of leadership, but the great truth and wisdom ultimately comes from God. Here’s one of my favorite passages…
Church leaders, I know you mean well but you’re doing some things wrong. So much so that you’re turning people away from the church.
That’s the bad news. There’s good news though.
You can change your habits and begin reaching people again. You can stop the mass exodus of people from the church and have a healthy congregation and volunteer team.
Isn’t that great?
Let’s take a look at what church leaders are doing wrong and what we can do to fix them.