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Created on Monday, 11 November 2013 / Vision
Tags: Rick Warren, creative juices, enthusiasm, energy level, team, rhythm, burnout, external drains, compensation, energy cycles, Saddleback Church, staff members, flexible schedules
The quickest way to destroy a team is to burn them out. And you don’t have to look around the field of ministry very long to realize that the ministry is filled with burned-out leaders. But it’s possible ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Joe McKeever, pastor, staff, decisions, ministers, heart, clueless, careless, salary, lackey, committee, respect, integrity, loyalty, support, liberty
“My pastor called me in and informed me that the church is hurting financially; therefore, my pay would be cut by [so much], and my health insurance is being terminated.” In the last year, at least a half-dozen ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 21 October 2013 / Administration
Tags: Steve Murrell, staff meetings, time, business, sports, education, entertainment, government, ministry, focus, upgrade, simplicity, communication
Like all leaders, I have participated in never ending staff meetings that wasted everyone’s time. I am also guilty of leading some useless meetings. Occasionally I find myself in a meeting that actually ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Geoff Surratt, ministry, God, vocational ministry, sermons, staffing, structure, sleep, Internet, connections, Israel, Levites, priests, Jewish people
I wonder how long I could be successful in ministry without God? I’ve been in vocational ministry for 31 years, and I seldom encounter a situation I haven’t seen before. I have a stockpile of sermons to ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 15 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Tony Morgan, church health, serve, volunteering, children, ministries, staff, budget, money, challenge
Over the last several years, we’ve been collecting data from the churches with which we consult. One of the key questions we were interested in had to do with serving. We wanted to find out how many people ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 12 August 2013 / Administration
Tags: Thom Rainer, pastors, job, Twitter, vocation, ministry, conflict, complaining, family challenges, busy work, expectations, social functions, confrontation, sin, staff members, evangelism, passio
Let me state the obvious: Pastors are human. That means they have preferences, likes and dislikes. So I did an unscientific Twitter poll to find out what pastors really don’t like about their job. By the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 08 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Tony Myles, senior pastor, kids, youth group, Laura Ortberg Turner, pastor's wife, volunteers, staff meetings, rebel, ministry, pop star
Laura Ortberg Turner, daughter of John and Nancy Ortberg, has some great thoughts on what it means to be (but not really be) known as a “pastor’s kid.” One takeaway is the framework she felt her parents ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Justin Lathrop, gifts, staff, responsibilities, leadership development, test, role, gifted, strengths, weakness, encouragement
As a pastor, you have a lot of responsibilities. When your task list grows, it’s easy to overlook the need to invest in your staff. However, one of the most important parts of leadership development is ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 24 July 2013 / Administration
Tags: Ron Edmondson, delegation of authority, empowerment, signs, leader, churches, staff members, confidence, expectations, authority, permission to fail, protection, resources, recognition
Empowering other people on the team to be leaders—delegation—is critical to a successful church or organization. Every leader talks about delegation, but few truly empower others to be leaders. It’s a ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 22 July 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Thom Rainer, church, staff person, strong work ethic, loyalty, execution, personality chemistry, vision, relationship, staff members
After about a quarter of a century of church consultations, I have dealt with a plethora of church staff matters. I continue to hear many of the same themes since I left church consultation. Today I present ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 18 July 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Staff, pastors, pain, pacing, flailing, depression, anger, erosion, buries, avoidance, burden, prayer
Recently, a friend told me of a major shift in his home life—one of the life-altering kind. The thing that bothered me most (and the whole thing is an issue for prayer) is that I didn’t sense that anything ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 11 July 2013 / Pastoral Care
Tags: Kim Martinez, drained, church, vacation, pastors, staff, introvert, ministries, awareness, counseling, time, accountability
Years ago, I realized that I was different than the rest of my staff. When they took vacation, they looked for a big church to celebrate at (and learn from). I love learning from other churches. Every ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 / Administration
Tags: Pastors, Church staff, challenges, apathy, internal focus, Twitter, staff issues, volunteers, time constraints, buy-in, members, generational challenges, finances, traditions
In my latest non-scientific Twitter survey, I asked the following question of pastors and church staff: What is your biggest challenge in ministry? Here are the top 12 responses with representative quotes. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 17 June 2013 / Administration
Tags: Dan Reiland, smart, new position, create, pressure, overwork, grumbling, staff members, atypical projects, temporary workload increases, volunteer, momentum
Feeling under pressure? Overworked? Are you and your team working hard but can’t seem to keep up, let alone get ahead? You are not alone. This is a very common church staff scenario. What you do about ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 30 May 2013 / Youth
Tags: Josh Griffin, youth ministry, pitfalls, staff covenants, boundaries, opposite sex, Saddleback Church, youth workers, overspending, inappropriate relationships, money
I had a chance to get away with some of our youth ministry leadership team recently to process some of the common pitfalls that youth pastors face as they navigate ministry. My mind has hovered around ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 05 April 2013 / Vision
Tags: Dan Reiland, Easter, gas, pedal, church, evangelism, converts, worship, guests, staff, gratitude
Nearly all pastors and ministry staff, volunteer leaders too, lean a little more toward evangelism or discipleship (one or the other) in their personal bent and wiring. According to Matthew 28:19-20 they ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 04 April 2013 / Administration
Tags: Josh Griffin, Kurt Johnston, staff, conflict, fester, pray, healing
There’s nothing more challenging interpersonally than dealing with a serious conflict with someone on your church staff or a volunteer in a key position in your ministry. The temptation would be to let ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 02 April 2013 / Pastor's Heart
Tags: Kim Martinez, post-Easter, recovery, quiet time, rest, congregation, silence, staff, attitude
Easter is often the most difficult week of the year for pastors. Not only do we have the stress of our congregation, but weird things seem to happen during that week. Family stress goes up, financial stresses ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 29 March 2013 / Administration
Tags: Dan Reiland, Foul, Four, ministry, staff, smell, bosses, Paul, Phillipians
Have you ever opened your refrigerator and said with passion, “Whoa, what IS that smell? I have and it’s no fun. I quickly launch a breath-holding expedition to find the source of the foul smell that is ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 21 February 2013 / Finance
Tags: Megachurches, thriving, tough, economic times, Leadership Network, staff
Despite the tough economy, many of the nation’s largest churches are thriving, with increased offerings and plans to hire more staff, a new survey shows. Just 3 percent of churches with 2,000 or more attendance ... [ +++ ]
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