Oct 10, 2021

Why self evaluation by church boards is so critical


 It is an interesting thing that church boards are quick to evaluate what is happening in the ministry of the church, their pastor and staff but slow to evaluate themselves. This lack of self evaluation is ironic given the expectation of a healthy staff while they do not apply the same expectations to themselves. I am speaking of how the board deals with one another, the issues they face, the...

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Oct 05, 2021

Eight issues that can be confusing for church boards



 Church board leadership is always a challenge. And, often boards or individual members are confused on the role of the board. If these areas of confusion can be resolved, the work of the board becomes far easier. Here are eight issues that often cause confusion on a board.


1. What are we actually trying to accomplish?
This sounds like a simple question but the truth is that a majority of church...
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Oct 03, 2021

Religious Terrorism at Record Low, Government Persecution at Record High - CT and Pew

 



Pew: Religious Terrorism at Record Low, Government Persecution at Record High

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Oct 01, 2021

Twelve characteristics of healthy church leaders


 

If we desire healthy church boards, we need to ask: "What are the characteristics of an effective church leader?" The fact that 80% of churches are plateaued or in decline would indicate that this is an important issue. When I consult with troubled churches is it not unusual to find that those in leadership are poorly equipped to lead. Consider some of the ways churches have traditionally filled...

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Sep 29, 2021

This one practice will set you apart from other leaders



Most leaders are over-committed and run with very little margin. We say yes too often, no too seldom and don't evaluate our commitments against our true calling and purpose. 


The net effect is that many of the most important things don't get done on time or well. We are too busy working in our business (and pleasing others) and don't have time to work on our business.There is not time to reflect,...
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Sep 28, 2021

It only takes one person to hurt a team


 One of the realities of teams is that it takes only one individual who is not in alignment with the rest of the team to significantly impact the unity of the team. This can be a result of any number of issues. For instance, they:

  • may not be in agreement with the direction of the team or organization
  • do not pull their own weight in terms of productivity and results
  • may have attitudes that are...
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Sep 25, 2021

The most important items on a board's agendas are the ones that no one wants to talk about


 Here is an ironic truth: The most important things that most boards need to discuss are the very things that no one desires to put on the table because it is too controversial, will open a can of worms or be pushed aside because it is a political or personal hot topic. 

Here is a principle: If a board doesn't want to talk about a certain subject, that is the very subject that they ought to be...

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