Follow the Leader

Last week I wrote about the song of Deborah and Barak in Judges 5. The song begins, “That the leaders took the lead in Israel, that the people offered themselves willingly, bless the LORD!” (Judges 5:2, ESV) In my last post I discussed the first part of this verse, but… Continue reading

Leaders Need to Take the Lead

Today in my Bible reading I read Judges chapter 5.  After God granted them a great victory over Jaban king of Canaan, Deborah and Barak sang a song of praise and thanksgiving.  The first line of the song is this: “That the leaders took the lead in Israel,… Continue reading

Blending Leadership Styles

Fast Company has an insightful article on 6 Leadership Styles, and When You Should Use Them.  Effective leaders need to be able to operate in different leadership styles, depending on the situation.  The article concludes:

Bottom line? If you take two cups of authoritative leadership, one cup… Continue reading

Why Do We Have So Many Meetings?

If you are in a church leadership position you probably have to attend meetings. One of the most common complaints that I hear among ministry co-workers is that there are too many meetings, that they last too long, and that they are boring. Why do we have so many meetings?… Continue reading

The King’s Friend

In today’s reading in my church Bible reading program there is a curious phrase:  “Azariah the son of Nathan was over the officers; Zabud the son of Nathan was priest and king’s friend” (1 Ki 4:5, ESV).  There is nothing unusual about the king having friends, but… Continue reading

Pastoral Feedback Form and Procedure

Does your church have a formal process by which the pastors can receive feedback about their ministry? The board at my church has asked that the pastors go through a “pastoral feedback” process at the time of our contract renewal.  Based on our discussion in the board meeting and… Continue reading

Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable

A friend loaned me a copy of Death by Meeting: A Leadership Fable by Patrick Lencioni.  It took me a while to get around to reading it because I had been working on my dissertation, but now that I have read it I found it to be very helpful.

The largest part of the book is a narrative or “fable” describing the experiences of the CEO of a hypothetical tech company and his top executives.  Through their experiences, we learn why most leaders look at meetings as a boring and ineffective, and what can be done to solve both problems.  The central points which the story is intended to teach are summarized in part two of the book, The Model.

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ABC/OBC Age Distribution in the 2000 Census

I spent a little more time with the U.S. Census Data Ferret, and came up with an interesting comparison of the age distribution of ABCs and OBCs in 2000. I think that this helps to explain a particularly challenging leadership problem in U.S. Chinese churches in moving to the parallel stage and beyond.

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Caring for Co-workers

This entry is part 20 of 25 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

The most precious resource of any church is its lay leaders and co-workers. Yet all to often churches take these people for granted and fail to give them the care that they need. Today I want to share about how this applies to Chinese churches. Continue reading

The Power of Vision

This entry is part 19 of 25 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

When people are looking for a new church (or deciding whether to stay at their old church), they want to know not merely what the church is like now but also where the church is going. The vision of your church will attract certain people, but may turn other people away. Continue reading

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