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.

Thom Rainer lists ten things that really bother many church leaders:

You won’t hear pastors express these frustrations often, but they are very real.

Indeed, some of these issues hinder their ministries. Here are ten of the most common frustrations, followed by close approximations of quotes I’ve heard from pastors.

Kendall Conner teaches you how to keep your volunteer team happy and on-task:

For many leading in creative ministry, whether it be in production or communication, you’re often a volunteer or part-time employee yourself. You’re having to balance the demand of following your leaders while also leading your team to fulfill their expectations. And if you’re like I was a few years back, you may not have any experience leading people at all.

So, how do you keep those who are serving under you excited to show up on Sundays? How do you keep their passion to work hard to accomplish tasks alive?

Ron Edmondson shares four pieces of wisdom for new leaders:

It has just been a few years ago I was a “newbie” myself. I speak with more passion, and perhaps even more authority on the subject, because I learned along the way. I Tweeted him back and said “Learn the people first – go slow to change – think intentional in all you do – pace yourself.”

And, that was enough for Twitter. This is my blog, however, so I assume I should explain a little further.

Here are 4 pieces of advice for the new leader…

Joe Hoagland explains why church leaders need to be in fellowship with leaders from other churches:

This is a natural inclination for most of us. We believe in the church we lead, the mission, the exact theology, and everything else about it. We want to see people meet Jesus and grow in our doors.

But we need to grow past this. We need to grow past our fear or jealously of other churches and fellowship with area pastors. No, I am not talking about fellowshipping with pastors hours away or your friends from seminary, (great things to do by the way) but pastors of churches in your town, city, or community.

So here are some concrete reasons why you need to fellowship with area pastors…

From Harvard Business Review, a leadership lesson that most of us know deep down, but tend to ignore anyway:

In our hyper-connected, 24/7 world, many of us are losing sleep — literally. Our own survey of more than 180 business leaders found that four out of 10 (43%) say they do not get enough sleep at least four nights a week. Such sleep deficiencies can undermine important forms of leadership behavior and eventually hurt financial performance. This article will explore the link between sleep and leadership before discussing solutions that can improve both individual well-being and organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

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