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.

Joe Hoagland shares six steps to take when leadership gets difficult:

Let’s face it we have all been there: the thoughts of doubt, writing out the resignation letter, wondering why it seems everyone is against you. We think shouldn’t leading God’s church be easy? But instead you get opposition to every change, every new idea, even personally with every personality quirk… Here’s what you can do when leading in the Church gets tough…

Brent Mann reminds us why mentoring is such an essential aspect of leadership:

A little confused I asked, “What’s the new season?” I heard one word deep inside my heart. “Mentorship.” With that one word, the scales fell of my eyes, and I could see that I needed to become less of the doer and more of a leader in our department. I was spending all of my time doing, and never growing a team (probably because I was worried that people would mess things up).

So what does it mean to be a leader/mentor?

Brandon Cox lists five things to look at if you think God is calling into church leadership:

While I believe God can and does often speak his calling into our lives in precise and unique ways, I believe that there should be some practical confirmation of that calling. After spending twenty years talking to younger leaders just getting started, I’ve developed a sense for those who are serious and those who aren’t – those who will go far because they lean into God’s grace and launch out in faith, and those who squander their time and energy on the sidelines.

When someone expresses an interest in ministry or talks of a calling, there are several questions that are quite appropriate to be asked, and through which a prospective leader can and should be screened, and I would divide them into five areas.

Ron Edmondson explains why leaders often resort to micromanagement:

There are times to manage closely, such as when you’re protecting a vision, but for the most part it disrupts progress more than it promotes.

As I work in the ministry world, however, it seems very common for micromanagement to be present. It could be a pastor who wants to control everything or a church governance that controls the pastor. And, by observation, I’ve learned there are common excuses for micromanagement.

Rebekah Simon-Peter lists three leadership lessons from Jesus:

The world wants more of churches: more spirituality, more community, more engagement, more love, more think bigmiracles, more demonstration of the kingdom. Not less. Yet, most of us are serving shrinking, declining, even dying churches. If our leadership is to be effective, if we are about manifesting the kingdom here on earth, if we are to make a true difference in the lives of those we lead, and the communities we serve, we need to think big. Then, even bigger.

Of course, thinking big isn’t enough. We have to know what to do with the ideas. Jesus mastered 3 hidden leadership skills that we would do well to learn.

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