Leading when you don’t know the way

When the path forward is obvious, it is relatively easy for a leader to know what to do. We can rely on strategies that have worked well in the past. We can use existing resources and relationships to solve problems,…

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It’s time to slow down

Busy leaders do not always make better leaders. Sometimes, busy leaders are just that: busy. As three major holidays rapidly approach — Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas — leaders will be tempted to get more work done by speeding up the pace,…

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Can we talk about money?

‘Tis the season for stewardship! Questions concerning money are usually among a congregation’s top priorities, but no two churches’ money issues are exactly the same. A church with rich endowments may struggle to discern how to transform abundant financial resources into real…

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Preaching is leadership

Preaching gives pastors an incredible opportunity that most leaders do not have. At their best, sermons teach, inspire and provoke, which are three essentials for leadership and change. Whatever approach we use for sermon planning, preparation and delivery, preaching has the potential…

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How to cultivate trust in congregations

Leadership cannot flourish without trust. Relationships, institutions and communities depend on people having confidence in one another. Clergy who want to lead change, transform congregations and establish authentic interpersonal connections need to understand that trust is never automatic. Trust is cultivated…

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