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

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

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 19 of 24 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 18 of 24 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

The Jerusalem Council: Consensus Decision Making

This entry is part 15 of 24 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

We often look to the church in Acts as an example of a vibrant, Spirit-filled, unified church. But when we look at it more closely we discover that they had many of the same problems that we do. The Jerusalem Council in Acts 15 provided perhaps the most detailed look at the decision making process of NT leaders. What can we learn from this example? Continue reading

Leadership and Culture (Part 2)

This entry is part 14 of 24 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

Yesterday I shared some thoughts about the way in which culture influences leadership. Today I want to continue that theme and focus in a little more on how it affects a Chinese church. Continue reading

Leadership and Culture

This entry is part 13 of 24 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

There are universal biblical principles of leadership, but we must recognize that leadership does not operate in a vacuum. The way that leadership operates and is perceived is also affected by the culture(s) of the people in the church. Continue reading

Why Leadership Training is Job #1

This entry is part 11 of 24 in the series 30 Days on the Chinese Church

I want to follow up yesterday’s article about The Resource Pyramid with a few more thoughts about leadership training. This topic is not specific to the Chinese church, but it is so important that I want to address it. I will also share some thoughts about how it applies specifically to the EM in a Chinese church. Continue reading

Leaders and Lion Chasers

Benaiah chased a lion down into a pit. Then, despite the snow and slippery ground, he caught the lion and killed it. (2 Samuel 23:20)

What in the world was Benaiah thinking? Most sane people would run away from the lion, not chase it! Beginning from this passage, Mark Batterson… Continue reading

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