Welcome to Church Leader Insights. You’re going to enjoy the fantastic reading we have for you this week.
There are many resources provided to Christian pastors that instruct how to lead your church well or lead your family well. However, there seems to be a lack of advice when it comes to leading yourself well. If you’re not leading yourself well, you can’t lead your family or church well. Here are five steps to help lead yourself better as a church planter.
1. Don’t neglect your own personal spirituality
Many times pastors are consumed with worrying about other people’s faith. They are worried about if their church is evangelizing or spending time with the Lord. It is not often that pastors stop to think about their own spirituality. When was the last time you had an intimate moment with Jesus when you were in prayer or reading the Bible? When was the last time you felt like He was speaking to you personally? As pastors, we can’t let our own personal spirituality take the backseat. In order for us to do our jobs well, we need to be having those intimate moments with the Lord. We can’t assume that our spirituality will take care of itself because we are taking care of others. Our relationship with God is crucial to leading ourselves, and, in turn, leading others. It begins with our own walk with Jesus.
Each week I post my Top 10 Leadership Posts I Read The Previous Week. I make this list for the purpose of pointing you to quality resources and also helping you cut through all the leadership noise on the internet. These posts have become extremely popular and spotlight some of the greatest thinkers and writers in the Christian leadership community.
Thanks to Google Analytics and my site’s statistics page, I can determine who you read the most over the past 12 months. I thought you would find this information interesting so I wanted to make it available to you. If you have not subscribed to these sites, I recommend you click on the provided links and do so today.
The following are The Top 25 Most Read Christian Blogs And Leaders As Determined By You The Readers:
1. Paul Alexander – Paul is a pastor, speaker, strategist, and ministry consultant at The Unstuck Group. Most of what he writes about focuses on helping churches and ministry leaders take steps to make the vision God has given them become reality.
2. Rookie Preacher.com – Joe Hoagland and Brandon Kelley chose the name Rookie Preacher because it represents what they are about. As a rookie in anything, you are in a position of being a learner. They believe that all pastors should be learners.
3. Carey Nieuwhof – Carey is a husband, a dad to two sons and a daughter-in-law, and the founding and teaching pastor of Connexus Church north of Toronto Canada.
It’s common for churches to see what’s been thoughtfully (or painfully) coined “the summer giving slump” where giving declines for most churches (between May and August). Many churches see a twenty percent or more hit in giving during these months due to members being on vacation, going to BBQs, traveling with family, etc.
As you can imagine, for any pastor, knowing your church income is going to drop by over 20% is a terrifying future to look forward to.
Of course, you can be diligent and plan for this. You can think “this is normal” and be OK with it. Or, you can choose to believe that it doesn’t have to be this way and take steps to put the summer giving slump to rest, once and for all!
It’s for those pastors and church leaders that we offer this piece. We hope some of the practical tips and advice we share with you will lead you on a path that does away with the summer giving slump once and for all.
1. Teach on generosity leading up to the summer months.
Part of your teaching on generosity can include making the church aware of the historical decline in attendance and the impact on giving. It’s OK to be honest with the church. It’s also OK to show them what the decrease in giving means and what could be done if this decline wasn’t there.
Are you part of an unhealthy workplace culture? Do you wake up every day and go to a job which does not thrive or make a difference? On a personal level, do you feel like you are wasting away where you work and something better must be out there?
If so, you will find Stephanie Apstein’s August 28th Sports Illustrated article on the Los Angeles Dodgers helpful. The Dodgers are one of major league baseball’s best teams having already clinched a play-off spot. They also have one of baseball’s best workplace cultures.
The following are 10 Habits Of Great Workplace Cultures I gleaned from Apstein’s profile of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Whether you lead a church, business, or non-profit, these lessons will help you.
1. Great Workplace Cultures Are Filled With Great Leaders – The Dodgers have six front office members who were former general managers.
2. Great Workplace Cultures Are Filled With Grateful Employees – All-star third baseman Justin Turner said to many of the team’s young players, “This is the only team you’ve ever know. This is my fourth organization, and it’s by far the best one. The money’s going to be there wherever you go, but you don’t know how it’s going to be in the clubhouse.”
3. Great Workplace Cultures Have A Great Sense Of Urgency – One of the team’s owners, Magic Johnson, said, “We want to win now.”
4. Great Workplace Cultures Are Filled With People With Great Intelligence – Turner said, “I think we’ve become a smarter baseball team as well as a good baseball team.”