Tag Archives: team

Who Decides Who Decides? Developing an Action Plan

Elders and ministry staff can easily get sideways with each other when it comes to who decides who decides. Clear decision-making processes are vital for healthy leadership, and having written guidelines can help. However, the conversations that help to set guidelines can often become complex! Adapting the research of Richard Chait, I offer…

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Leading in Anxious Times

In teaching a graduate course at ACU on Church Leadership, I enjoyed reading once again a wonderful book by Peter Steinke entitled Congregational Leadership in Anxious Times. Steinke offers wonderful insights into realities of congregational life and highlights the challenges leaders face. More than that, Steinke presents cogent wisdom to guide leaders to be non-anxious…

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Common Dysfunctions of an Elder Group

Team leadership is biblical and it creates a space for God to work communally. But team leadership can also foster all kinds of dysfunctionality! Aubrey Malphurs, in his book, Leading Leaders, offers five ways in which church leadership teams slip into patterns that are not healthy for partnering with God’s desires for a…

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Shared Leadership

“If you want to go fast, walk alone. If you want to go far, walk together.” –African proverb Team leadership is not an easy task—but it is a biblical frame for congregations. And the theological reason is a sober one. Namely, shared leadership might actually create a space for God to slip in…

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Leadership in Global Perspective

I just returned from speaking at an international conference on ethics and leadership held in Leuven, Belgium. Scholars, church leaders, and business leaders came from Europe, Africa, and Asia. The theme focused on the rapid changes in the way leadership is understand in all kinds of contexts. Although I made a major presentation,…

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