Leadership

  • By apswartz
  • Created on April 24th, 2012
  1. Accruing Power

    Articles Accruing Power

    The leadership or nominating committee of any local church is a place where we pastors can do our most productive work. In a best-case scenario, committee members put their heads…

  2. Learning from Kodak

    Blog Learning from Kodak

    Kodak—long the most esteemed name in the camera business—declared bankruptcy last month. Many business analysts have been discussing the reasons for the esteemed…

  3. The Lie of Well-Roundedness

    Articles The Lie of Well-Roundedness

    In my first ministry position I was sure I knew what to expect. Stand up in front of thousands of adoring members of a faithful congregation and present to them an hour’s…

  4. Assembling a Great Team

    Blog Assembling a Great Team

    We purposely don’t have many sacred cows in the businesses that I run. We adapt and change fast and have become “platform agnostics” so we can server our…

  5. Dealing with Difficult Staff

    Articles Dealing with Difficult Staff

    John, our Church Council chairperson, looked worried as he walked into my office. “Martin,” he said, “you need to know that Jason (a former staff member at one…

  6. A Church that Agrees Too Much

    Blog A Church that Agrees Too Much

    After a few years in my congregation, I realized I had a major, however, hidden problem... My church didn't know how to disagree. This may not seem like a problem on the…

  7. The Illusion of Pastoral Effectiveness

    Blog The Illusion of Pastoral Effectiveness

    The acceptance of reality is always a liberation from the burden of illusion that we strive to justify by our errors and our sins. ~Seasons of Celebration, p. 116 What are the…

  8. Jesus + Nothing = Everything

    Articles Jesus + Nothing = Everything

    I have a confession to make: I’m addicted to the gospel. It burns inside of me. And it seems to get hotter every day. I can’t stop thinking about it, talking about it, …

  9. Dear Pastors, Tell Us the Truth

    Blog Dear Pastors, Tell Us the Truth

    This post was inspired by a few things:   First, the brilliantly titled Epic Fail Pastors Conference, born from the question “What if we offered a space that is…

  10. Rules for Rule Breaking

    Articles Rules for Rule Breaking

    Movement rule breakers see greater purpose and therefore risk different behaviors or practices for missional ends. Many of our local church and denominational leaders like to see…