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ARTICLES ON CHANGE

Abandon Committees! Does it seem to you that congregations are late adapters to some trends? It does to me. It appears at times that congregations are just getting around to adapting to certain trends as the next trend is emerging. For example, organizing congregations according to teams rather than committees is now in its ascendancy, just as in the world at-large, teams are fading in favor of communities.

A Dream is Not Enough- Reality check for leaders who believe they have a God given dream.

A Senior Pastor's Priorities By Dan Reiland   My desire in this article is to keep you out of the funny farm. To do that, I will outline the top five priorities of a Senior Pastor. This set of priorities comes from years of experience and observation of Senior Pastors who lead well, and those who don't. If you invest your time wisely in these areas your ministry will be more productive and hopefully you will increase the margin in your life that increases the quality of your life.  

The Death of Denominations  In order to keep your denominational core alive you first have to know what it is. Organizations with a long life span tend to fall victim to "the diffusion of purpose." If this is the case with your denomination, it may be time to rediscover the original or primary purpose of your church. Then with God's help find a way for this unique witness of faith to live in real time as it was meant to do.  Communication among the denomination's spiritual leaders is a good place to begin.

 The Futurity of Present Events Ministry and mission are not done in a vacuum. They are always carried out in specific context and affected by local, national and increasingly, global contextual factors. Understanding the context of ministry is not an option for 21st century leaders. While we know a great deal about the inside of congregations, church leaders often have limited understanding of the external factors that are reshaping mission and ministry. Trying to lead without both inside and outside information is like a bird trying to fly with only one wing.

Hanging out and Hovering around John 3:16- A provocative look at incarnational ministry.

The Value of Values, Part I - Core Values By Dan Reiland   "I'm a believer in identifying your church's core values and intentionally pursuing their positive impact. . ."

Thoughts on Change by Steve Pike   "As a church leader in this new millennium, I find myself living with a profound sense of confusion that I find difficult to explain or understand.  Ministry methods that worked well ten years ago, no longer seem effective.  Ideas, and even beliefs, that seemed so right just five years ago are now being called into question."

The Common thread...Change and Transition   Resource for understanding the life cycle of a congregation, and change and transition. 

Transitioning: Growing into the church you want to be -   Around the world, churches are in need of transition. The 21st century is presenting church leaders with new challenges and new opportunities. It appears that God is doing something fresh and new in his church.

Vision Impairment Questions by Stan Toler   Check your church's "vision" (eye sight)

Growing a Church from Good to Great
Article by Steve Pike written for Acts II, January/February 2002

Change is hard
Is a great article about change from "A House of Change" by Alan Nelson in Rev. Magazine.

Is it Time to Leave?  
A great article to help you know when it's time to change your location!

Modern Team Ministry by Dan Reeves Could Paul and his ministry team be a model for modern team ministry?

Meetings and Ministry 6 steps to running an effective meeting.

Dysfunctional Architecture an article from Leadership Network about a strategy for planning a new building to match your ministry philosophy.

The Heart and Art of a 21st Century Servant a message by Wayne Cordero, Pastor of New Hope Church in Hawaii on the most essential ingredient to leading people through a change process.

Changing Congregational Culture Charlie Halley discusses the process of changing a church culture.

Inviting and Welcoming New People Great ideas for making your church a more "guest" friendly place!

Paul's Missionary Band Paul's missionary team provides a great metaphor for 21st century ministry.

 

ARTICLES ON BEING A PARENT CHURCH

10 Practical Ways to Increase Giving In Your Church - Proven stewardship practices used by other churches to encourage people in joyful and generous giving. It has helped increase giving 10-25% and in some cases even more.

A Church is born! - Great insights from Phil Stevens

A Dream is Not Enough - Reality check for leaders who believe they have a God given dream.

Church Planting: Call or Competency - Self assess your calling to planting or help a potential planter on your staff gain insights into his or her call.

Church Planting Insights - Pastor Rick Ferguson shares insights gleaned from a life of multiplication.

Emotions of a Leader - A veteran pastor discusses the emotional aspects of church leadership.

Hanging out and Hovering around John 3:16 - A provocative look at incarnational ministry.

How Long Should a Pastor Stay at a Church to be Effective? - Bill Easum gives a concise answer that should be considered by every pastor everywhere!

Lowering the cost of planting churches - by Ralph Moore. What is the greatest cost of being a parent church? Ralph Moore believes it is passion in those who are left behind..

The Tipping Point - Interesting ideas on the social dynamics of vision and momentum.

 

ARTICLES ON COACHING

10 Practical Ways to Increase Giving In Your Church - Proven stewardship practices used by other churches to encourage people in joyful and generous giving. It has helped increase giving 10-25% and in some cases even more.

Abandon Committees! Does it seem to you that congregations are late adapters to some trends? It does to me. It appears at times that congregations are just getting around to adapting to certain trends as the next trend is emerging. For example, organizing congregations according to teams rather than committees is now in its ascendancy, just as in the world at-large, teams are fading in favor of communities.

A Dream is Not Enough - Reality check for leaders who believe they have a God given dream.

Anger Inventory - Many people assume that anger is always displayed in shouting, slamming doors, speaking harshly, etc. While those behaviors certainly indicate anger, this emotion is displayed in many forms. Take a look at the following list of statements that would indicate a form of anger. How many can you relate to?

The Value of Shared Thinking - by John Maxwell  We always do things better when we do them together.

Can Conflict Be a Good Thing? - Our attitude toward conflict shapes how we as leaders handle conflict. What is your initial attitude toward conflict? Is it dread? Denial? Maybe fear? Perhaps, "What a hassle!" How about procrastination or deflection? ("Let someone else handle it.") Or do you accept conflict as a natural part of life, not preferred, but part of the reality of leadership and choose to use it as a tool for growth and progress? The last response is the wise and healthy response, but also the most difficult.

Conflict Happens - by Dan Reiland   Tip toeing around conflict never makes it go away. Rather than avoid it, we must deal with it in a straightforward manner. Dan Reiland offers some suggestions how to turn conflicts into opportunities.

Church Planting: Call or Competency - Self assess your calling to planting or help a potential planter on your staff gain insights into his or her call.

Look and Listen - A article about observing and listening aggressively.

The Value of Values, Part I - Core Values By Dan Reiland - "I'm a believer in identifying your church's core values and intentionally pursuing their positive impact. . ."

The Futurity of Present Events - Scan the horizon of large trends that will impact your church

Handling Chronic Conflict - by Dan Reiland  Conflict is a fact of life. Being intimidated by it, pretending it isn't there, and tiptoeing around it will get you nowhere. In fact, it will only make matters worse. Your ability to deal with conflict directly and effectively affects your ability to lead.

Vision Impairment Questions by Stan Toler - Check your church's "vision" (eye sight)

What Does A Healthy Church Look Like? - Compiled from various sources including Willow Creek, Natural Church Development, etc. by Rowland Croucher

Is it Time to Leave? - A great article that will help you coach someone through the hardest decision any church leader has to make!

How Long Should a Pastor Stay at a Church to be Effective? - Bill Easum gives a concise answer that should be considered by every pastor everywhere!

Modern Team Ministry - Could Paul and his ministry team be a model for modern team ministry?

What Does An "Excellent Protestant Church" Look Like? - Trying to gage the health of a church? This article provides some excellent standards to consider.

Meetings and Ministry - 6 steps to running an effective meeting.

The Heart and Art of a 21st Century Servant - a message by Wayne Cordero, Pastor of New Hope Church in Hawaii on the most essential ingredient to leading people through a change process.

Changing Congregational Culture - Charlie Halley discusses the process of changing a church culture.

Inviting and Welcoming New People - Great ideas for making your church a more "guest" friendly place!

Paul's Missionary Band - Paul's missionary team provides a great metaphor for 21st century ministry.

Recruiting Worship Band Musicians  - Great ideas for finding the musicians who will help take your worship experience to the next level.

Spiritual Growth and Ministry to Others - What is the connection between being healthy spiritually and serving others lovingly?

What Game are We Playing? - An helpful article describing the organizational changes that numerical growth brings.

ARTICLES ON CHURCH LEADERSHIP

10 Practical Ways to Increase Giving In Your Church - Proven stewardship practices used by other churches to encourage people in joyful and generous giving. It has helped increase giving 10-25% and in some cases even more.

11 Characteristics of a PD Church - Leading your church into a purpose driven model is easier when you know what characteristics you are trying to develop in the congregation as you introduce PDC concepts. Here are 11 traits you can expect to see emerging as purpose driven principles take hold in a church.

A Dream is Not Enough - Reality check for leaders who believe they have a God given dream.

A Philosophy of Leadership - A article by Rick Warren explaining some basic concepts about leadership.

Abandon Committees! - Does it seem to you that congregations are late adapters to some trends? It does to me. It appears at times that congregations are just getting around to adapting to certain trends as the next trend is emerging. For example, organizing congregations according to teams rather than committees is now in its ascendancy, just as in the world at-large, teams are fading in favor of communities.

Anger Inventory - Many people assume that anger is always displayed in shouting, slamming doors, speaking harshly, etc. While those behaviors certainly indicate anger, this emotion is displayed in many forms. Take a look at the following list of statements that would indicate a form of anger. How many can you relate to?

A Senior Pastor's Priorities, Part 1 By Dan Reiland - My desire in this article is to keep you out of the funny farm. To do that, I will outline the top five priorities of a Senior Pastor. This set of priorities comes from years of experience and observation of Senior Pastors who lead well, and those who don't. If you invest your time wisely in these areas your ministry will be more productive and hopefully you will increase the margin in your life that increases the quality of your life.  

A Senior Pastor's Priorities, Part 2 By Dan Reiland  - This article is dedicated to helping you make it through the transition from doing nineteen different things to focusing on the top five priorities. The following is a long-term strategy that will shorten your list of responsibilities and increase your effectiveness if you stick with it.

Can Conflict Be a Good Thing? - Our attitude toward conflict shapes how we as leaders handle conflict. What is your initial attitude toward conflict? Is it dread? Denial? Maybe fear? Perhaps, "What a hassle!" How about procrastination or deflection? ("Let someone else handle it.") Or do you accept conflict as a natural part of life, not preferred, but part of the reality of leadership and choose to use it as a tool for growth and progress? The last response is the wise and healthy response, but also the most difficult.

Celebrate the Equipping Church - The process of equipping others to serve and lead in the local church is challenging, but it should also be rewarding for everyone involved.

Changing Congregational Culture - Charlie Halley discusses the process of changing a church culture.

Church Planting: Call or Competency - Self assess your calling to planting or help a potential planter on your staff gain insights into his or her call.

Church Planting Insights - Pastor Rick Ferguson shares insights gleaned from a life of multiplication.

Conflict Happens by Dan Reiland - Tip toeing around conflict never makes it go away. Rather than avoid it, we must deal with it in a straightforward manner. Dan Reiland offers some suggestions how to turn conflicts into opportunities.

Dispel the myth of the super pastor - Trying to kill the myth.

Dysfunctional Architecture 
An article from Leadership Network about a strategy for planning a new building to match your ministry philosophy.

Emotions of a Leader - A veteran pastor discusses the emotional aspects of church leadership.

The Futurity of Present Events - Scan the horizon of large trends that will impact your church.

Growing a Church from Good to Great - Article by Steve Pike written for Acts II, January/February 2002.

Growing Strong   John C. Maxwell's leadership "growth statements" on  developing everyday to reach your potential.

Handling Chronic Conflict - by Dan Reiland  Conflict is a fact of life. Being intimidated by it, pretending it isn't there, and tiptoeing around it will get you nowhere. In fact, it will only make matters worse. Your ability to deal with conflict directly and effectively affects your ability to lead.

Hanging out and Hovering around John 3:16 - A provocative look at incarnational ministry.

Guidelines for Interviews- How to ask legal, effective questions when interviewing prospective staff members.

How Long Should a Pastor Stay at a Church to be Effective? - Bill Easum gives a concise answer that should be considered by every pastor everywhere!

Inviting and Welcoming New People - Great ideas for making your church a more "guest" friendly place!

Is it Time to Leave?  Good advice for knowing when it's time to move on.

Look and Listen - A article about observing and listening aggressively.

Meetings and Ministry - 6 steps to running an effective meeting.

Modern Team Ministry - Could Paul and his ministry team be a model for modern team ministry?

Paul's Missionary Band - Paul's missionary team provides a great metaphor for 21st century ministry.

Preaching PointsLearn about how your church can expand it's ministry through "Preaching Points."

Recruiting Worship Band Musicians - Great ideas for finding the musicians who will help take your worship experience to the next level.

Small Group Shift? Pay Attention to What Really Matters. - Discovering what works best for your church is the smart thing to do, more so than studying what the mega-churches are doing and then copying them. Study them, and adapt what you learn to fit your culture and community.

Starting Early - John Maxwell outlines key issues that must be settled early in a leaders life.

Spiritual Growth and Ministry to Others- What is the connection between being healthy spiritually and serving others lovingly?

Ten BIG Mistakes in Church Staffing - How are you doing with your church staff? Are you learning, growing, and therefore making fresh "new territory" mistakes? Or do you continue to repeat mistakes from lessons you could have benefited from by now?

The Heart and Art of a 21st Century Servant - a message by Wayne Cordero, Pastor of New Hope Church in Hawaii on the most essential ingredient to leading people through a change process.

The Value of Values, Part I - Core Values By Dan Reiland - "I'm a believer in identifying your church's core values and intentionally pursuing their positive impact. . ."

The Value of Shared Thinking - by John Maxwell  We always do things better when we do them together.

The Tipping Point - Interesting ideas on the social dynamics of vision and momentum.

Vision Impairment Questions by Stan Toler - Check your church's "vision" (eye sight)

Walking People Through the Door - by James Moss, Sr. Little is understood about the hard work necessary to walk people through the door of a church for the first time.

What Does A Healthy Church Look Like? - Compiled from various sources including Willow Creek, Natural Church Development, etc. by Rowland Croucher

What Does An "Excellent Protestant Church" Look Like?
Trying to gage the health of your church? This article provides some excellent standards to consider.

What Game are We Playing? -- An helpful article describing the organizational changes that numerical growth brings.

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