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.
I grew up in a farming community, so everyone was very aware of the seasons and what those seasons meant for life. Certain things happened during certain times of the year. You planted, watered, prepped the dirt and harvested plants at certain times. If you did it at the wrong time (too early or too late), you could harm the crops and miss what could be.
Life, leadership and church are the same. There are times when things are high (harvesting the crops) and times when you are prepping the dirt (getting ready) or pulling out weeds, and it feels like nothing is happening.
Then, like a farm, you start over…
With all that we know about what effective leadership is, what are we still doing that hurts our efforts? So, I’ve been spending my research time with a particular focus on poor leadership practices that are still very common, despite the treasure of knowledge on effective practices. This is the other side of the “Five Exemplary Leadership Practices” I wrote about in a series.
There are three things church lay leaders, pastors, ministers, Sunday School teachers and small group leaders commonly still fail to do despite knowing better…
Unfortunately, being different isn’t something that is universally embraced, even in the local church, where we have a calling to be different. Too often, churches do everything possible, from programming to mission statements to hairstyles, to imitate other churches we perceive as successful. In the process, we eliminate everything that makes our church truly unique.
Why be different?
I believe the Church needs more leaders who, like Steve Jobs, aren’t afraid of being different. This isn’t just because being different is cool. There are actually some powerful benefits as well…
We all try to think well of ourselves, but there are lies we can tell ourselves that do harm to ourselves. Maybe we fear being vulnerable, but we end up insulating ourselves from truths we need, and the cost is high. Do you recognize yourself in any of these untruths? If so, it may be time to have a heart-to-heart talk with yourself…
I’m a leader. I want to maximize my brain power. And I care about how I treat my body. I don’t drink coffee or tea, yet I do strategically use caffeine with diet caffeine drinks and 5-Hour Energy (Disclaimer: I am in no way related to the company who produces 5-Hour Energy). I believe my strategic use of caffeine has helped enhance my cognitive resources as a leader. In this post I look at three areas: what caffeine does to your brain, cautions about its use, and how to strategically use it.