What is governance?

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Jim Barber breaks down the definition of governance and explains the elements tied to church leadership structure. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)

BLOGS & VIDEOS


3 snapshots of unhealthy churches

Can we spend money on new carpet? Jim Barber shares real stories from churches he consulted and the passion for taking them toward next steps in leadership structure. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)
August 17, 2015  

6 ways to survive unwarranted criticism

Faced with a critical environment, we all have choices to make—Take it? Repel it? Refute it? No matter how we handle it, there will probably only be a couple of seconds to decide.   Church professionals often find themselves in crisis, particularly given that their visibility is so high and ...
August 11, 2015   Doug Lawrence

Is your church in a leadership transition: a book review

Passing the Leadership Baton addresses the issue most churches avoid: transition. Tom Mullins tells the remarkable story of his own passing the baton to his son Todd at Christ Fellowship, the church he founded. Any long-term pastor can benefit from reading this book, as can those who follow a long-term ...
August 11, 2015   Margaret Marcuson

2 reasons why summers are life and death to your ministry

I have worked in churches for a very long time and I’ve learned some crucial lessons. One of those lessons is how to rest. Just as in a good musical composition, sometimes the rests are more important than the notes! Summer, even the "dog days" of summer, provide some unique ...
August 06, 2015   Doug Lawrence

The things that drive me crazy when phoning a church

Even congregations of some size, say 500 members and upwards, haven’t figured out their communications systems and what callers expect when placing a call to the church office. Most people these days set their expectations rather high because they make calls to businesses and organizations that depend on being responsive ...
June 19, 2015   Ronald Keener

Dynamic consultant training summit

As the Society for Church Consulting (www.churchconsultation.org) seeks to accomplish its mission to revitalize churches, I am very excited about our upcoming conference this fall. Eight thought leaders from across the country will gather on the beautiful campus of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. With a maximum ...
June 02, 2015   Jim Barber

4 ways you get to stay on the bus, yes, THAT bus

One of the weakest, most cynical, and most brutally clear modern day church metaphors for staff structure is “The Bus.” Many people reading this will have been kicked off (the bus). Many will be trying to figure out who they should kick off (the bus). Others will be clinging tightly ...
May 02, 2015   Doug Lawrence

You tell me

As a leader, we often have individuals present us with problems to resolve or roadblocks to remove. We may be tempted to offer ideas immediately, but there is a better approach which can elevate engagement and drive increased commitment to our organization's mission.
March 12, 2015   Kent Evans

The power of job descriptions and evaluations

One of the benefits of a job description is it allows for more effective performance appraisals. (Excerpted from the Society for Church Consulting's training, Aubrey Malphurs, instructor)
February 23, 2015  

Aubrey Malphurs: The wisdom of knowing when to fire staff

There is a right time to do it for the benefit of both the person and the church. (Excerpted from the Society for Church Consulting's training)
January 29, 2015  
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