Leadership Roundup

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.

Dan Rockwell teaches you how to be an obnoxious leader (maybe avoid these strategies):

Don’t expect the people you complain about to follow you. You aren’t worthy of leadership, if you can’t pull-with people. Persistent frustration makes you obnoxious. Complaining points out deficiencies, inadequacies, and shortcomings, without offering solutions… The 10 strategies of obnoxious leaders…

Josh Blankenship lists three ways to turn your leadership into action:

They say the best leaders are the best learners. There is no doubt there is some truth to that.

Learning is a valuable skill, but sometimes learning can become nothing more than a crutch.

As most of you are already aware of, ministry is NOT easy. Just because you have the burning desire to reach a community, plant a church or revolution your ministry doesn’t mean it’s going to happen.

I would argue that the best and most successful leaders are those who have mastered the art of “Doing” and not simply learning.

Lisa Smith profiles Sarah Edwards to show how to be a leader without title or position:

How would you exercise spiritual leadership if you weren’t allowed to be employed by a church, teach publicly, or attend seminary?

Sarah Edwards (1710–1758), wife of famous colonial pastor Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758), lived with all these restrictions, yet they didn’t stop her from becoming one of the most spiritually influential women in her New England town of Northhampton. The key to Sarah’s success in influencing her congregation? A lifestyle of leadership.

Carey Nieuwhof shares seven struggles common to leaders of growing churches:

It’s easy to believe that there will come a day when your church will never struggle and you’ll never struggle as a leader.

As tempting as that is to believe, it’s just not true.

Every church struggles. And every leader struggles. And—yes—even growing churches struggle…

As our church has grown from a handful of people to 1,100 people who now attend and 2,300 people who call our church home, we’ve navigated all of these challenges. So has almost every church that’s grown.

Here are 7 things every growing church struggles with.

Paul Alexander shares four ways to manage the balance between the work that needs to be done and the people that do it:

Every single person reading this article has a natural tendency when it comes to the tension between people and projects. Some of us are “people oriented,” while others are more “project oriented.” You know which one you are and so does everyone else around you. But which one is more important, the people or the project? The answer is, “Yes.” The project is for the people and the people are for the project. God has given his Church (people) a clear mission (project).

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