Entries in Ministry in Church (103)

Saturday
Sep112010

Leadership Approaches - John Maxwell, Inspiring Leadership

This guide lists many of the resources by John Maxwell, who is probably the most widely read author on leadership. In terms of leadership theory, Maxwell’s emphasis on influencing others through authentic character, genuine relationship, teamwork, encouragement, positive reinforcement, etc., definitely place him within the empowerment model. Most often, he does not discuss theory and assessments, but conveys clear advice in a direct, positive, and inspiring manner.

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Sunday
Sep122010

Leadership Approaches - Leader-Manager Continuum

Professional literature commonly distinguishes between leadership and management. This is not because the two are oppositional, but because the practice of one does not necessarily accomplish the other. This guides lists resources that explain the difference between these two currencies and show how to integrate them effectively. Authors include Warren Bennis, Abraham Zaleznik, John Kotter, Ian Fair, and others.

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Sunday
Sep122010

Leadership Approaches - Leading With Questions 

Clearly one of the most important features of transformational and empowering leadership is stimulating others by questioning assumptions, reframing problems, and approaching old situations in new ways. This guide features resources that show how leaders empower others when they encourage questions and model the way by framing thought-provoking inquiries at all levels in the organization. Authors include Michael Marquardt, Tony Stoltzfus, and others.

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Sunday
Sep122010

Leadership Approaches - Corporate Culture, Learning Organization

These resources emphasize the importance of leaders shaping the corporate culture of a group or congregation. This is not “culture” in the sense of societal structures, socio-economic and ethnic groupings, etc. Rather it describes the “personality” or default patterns that become ingrained in an organization over time. Authors include Peter Senge, Edgar Schein, Samuel Chand, Erwin McManus, Will Mancini, and others.

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Monday
Sep132010

Leadership Approaches - Level Five Leadership, Jim Collins

This transformational and empowering leadership model comes from the research of Jim Collins, who discovered companies that arise significantly out of years of underperformance do so through the influence of a highly motivated executive (Level 5 Leader).

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Tuesday
Sep142010

Leadership Approaches - Narrative Leadership 

Narrative Leadership identifies with the personal and collective stories of followers. As leaders listen, they increasingly appreciate the history, the common themes, the diverse elements, and the boundaries of the community. The leader’s personal story joins with theirs to create a richer narrative. Authors include Larry Golemon and others.

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Wednesday
Sep152010

Leadership Approaches - New Science, Chaos, Complexity Theory

This guide features the growing batch of literature on the applicability of “New Science” to leadership in general, and congregations in particular. One tenet of New Science is capacity of living systems (such as congregations) to self-organize. Authors listed include Peggy Holman, Margaret Wheatley, Richard Pascale, Richard Ascough, and others.

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Friday
Sep172010

Leadership Approaches - Intuitive Leadership

Leading from Values, Feeling, and Intuition is based on the idea that while most leadership training and skills-building, as well as judgments of leadership competence, emphasize the external, rational competencies of information-gathering, strategic planning, etc., there is another dimension that is just as important. It is the internal world of values, feelings, and intuition.

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Friday
Sep172010

Leadership Approaches - Primal Leadership, Emotional Intelligence 

Primal Leadership is closely associated with the field of Emotional Intelligence (EI). It says the fundamental task of leaders is to prime good feeling in those they lead. That occurs when a leader creates resonance – a reservoir of positivity that frees the best in people. At its root then, the primal job of leadership is emotional. Authors include Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and others.

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Saturday
Sep182010

Leadership Approaches - Servant Leadership

The core principle of servant leadership is that leaders serve others. The literature expresses this in at least two ways. The first is found in biblically-based materials on key figures such as Jesus and Paul as the exemplars of servant leadership. The second is from leadership studies, emphasizing “serving first vs. leading first” as an expression of empowering and transformational theories. This guide features biblically-based authors such as Gene Wilkes, Leighton Ford, and Calvin Miller, and corporate-based authors such as Robert Greenleaf, James Hunter, Kenneth Blanchard, and others.

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Sunday
Sep192010

Leadership Approaches - Shepherd Leadership

These resources highlight the biblical metaphor of the leader as “shepherd.” When using this metaphor, authors usually follow one of two emphases, each respectful of the other. The first focuses on a leader’s pastoral identification with followers, even to the extent that the leader “smells like sheep” (Lynn Anderson). The second focuses on strong organizational leadership through a shephering posture, such as the volume by McCormick/Davenport. Each, however, uses the biblical image as the foundation.

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Monday
Sep202010

Leadership Approaches - Situational Leadership 

The concept of “Situational Leadership” was popularized by Kenneth Blanchard and Paul Hersey to provide a model for individualizing the coaching approach based on people’s varying levels of motivation, competence, and maturity. It is thus “situational.” They developed a grid for assessing where people fall on a continuum, and whether the appropriate style is directing, coaching, supporting, or delegating. This guide features several resources by Blanchard and others, including a select list from the “One Minute Manager” series.

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Tuesday
Sep212010

Leadership Approaches - Strengths-Based Leadership

These resources represent the universal practice in leadership training of assessing personality, strengths and gifts. Understanding one’s strengths to improve relationships and regulate weaknesses is crucial to leadership effectiveness. There are innumerable profiles for this purpose. This guide focuses on two, DISC and StrengthsFinder.

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Wednesday
Sep222010

Leadership Approaches - Leading in Subordinate Roles

These titles address the fact that church leaders, though seemingly in positions of significant influence, must work through boards, multiple staffs, and other structures that when properly managed improve the consensual and team-oriented quality of congregational leadership, but when improperly managed become constraining, limiting, and controlling. Resources discuss how to exercise leadership in such situations.

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Monday
Nov012010

Burnout and Self-Care for Church Leaders

A general overview of five Ministry Resource Guides that are targeted to the dynamics of burnout and self-care: Ministry Burnout, Minister Self-Care, Ministry Support Systems, Pastoral Theology, and Strengthening and Renewing the Ministry Call.

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Monday
Nov012010

Ministry Ethics, Ethics for Church Leaders

Lists several standard resources on Ministry Ethics, including authors such as Trull and Carter, Milco, and Willimon. Also includes links to related guides on Ministerial Misconduct, Pastoral Theology, and Ministry Burnout/Self-Care.

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Monday
Nov012010

Self-Care for Church Leaders

Covers the spiritual, theological, and physical dimensions of burnout, including special tools for leaders of small churches. Also includes family resources, sabbatical guides, and help for navigating life transitions.

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Tuesday
Nov022010

Burnout in Church Leaders, Preventing and Overcoming

Addresses the factors contributing to ministry burnout and how to equip oneself for a vibrant, effective, long-term ministry. Includes classic texts by Hiltner and Willimon, as well as several newer works.

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Wednesday
Nov032010

Support Systems for Church Leaders

Describes resources to help build both congregational and collegial support systems for ministers.

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Thursday
Nov042010

Strengthening, Renewing Call to Christian Ministry

Helps ministers recover their faith and hope in the value of ministry, the place of the church in God’s economy, and the importance of perseverance in the face of difficulty. Similar to the guide on Pastoral Theology, but not all resources fit in the theological category. Features authors such as Niebuhr and Yancey.

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