Video: The value of a survey

Jim Barber gives ideas for how to ask the important questions during a church reorganization. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)

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How to lead change

Jim Barber discusses how to lead well through transition. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.) 
February 09, 2016  

Trading your comfort zone for your sweet spot

I have heard it and said it. Likely you have too: “We need to get out of our comfort zone.” To echo leadership guru Michael Hyatt: “Nothing good happens in the comfort zone.” But where, exactly, are we supposed to go when we leave our comfort zone? Is it simply ...
February 09, 2016   Gerry Lewis

Putting "pastor" back into "missions pastor"

You’ve heard the moving reports of God at work around the world. You’ve hailed the spiritual heroes that have been sent out by your church when they return from furlough. You may have even seen old-school slideshows of remote and exotic locales. Truly, God’s Kingdom is moving around the world. But ...
February 06, 2016   Allen Hamlin

Senior pastors are workplace leaders too

As a consultant and minister to workplace leaders, I have noticed an unfortunate disconnect; a self-imposed separation between church leadership and leaders in other areas of society.  Business, government and education leaders see senior pastors as, well, pastors. Most of the senior pastors I know struggle with the same identity limitations. ...
February 03, 2016   Rob Streetman

3 hurdles of change leadership

Jim Barber discusses how clearing these hurdles will move your leadership structure in the right direction. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)
February 02, 2016  

5 unhealthy leadership structures

Is there a hint of these five unhealthy leadership forms in your church? Jim Barber shows you what to look for. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)
January 25, 2016  

99 questions to ask when hiring a worship pastor

I met a pastor this past week at a conference for church planters. He told me he was searching for a worship pastor. I told him I would help. What I have found over the years through consulting and numerous conversations with senior pastors and executive pastors is that they ...
January 22, 2016   Greg Atkinson

Prioritizing pastoral roles (part 3)

“The church’s first business is with the truth” writes James D. Smart in The Rebirth of Ministry (p. 134), yet the complexities of life have added more and more expectations and roles for the pastor. One denomination lists 33; my alliterative lists continues. Read Prioritizing pastoral roles Part 1 and Part ...
January 19, 2016   Jim Farrer

7 characteristics of policy governance

Moving from the board making all the decisions to allowing staff ownership in the process is a challenge. Jim Barber gives insight to ease this transition. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)
January 18, 2016  

2 critical components of caring for your missionaries

I was recently asked by a church missions committee leader for some advice on how they could best provide care and support for their overseas missionaries, both while they’re on the field and when they return back home periodically for furlough. I spent some time brainstorming a list of practical ...
January 15, 2016   Allen Hamlin

Trust economics: Finding balance between board and staff

How do you build trust between a church staff and board? Jim Barber addresses this concern from his experience consulting with churches across the country. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)
January 12, 2016  

Who makes the decisions?

Has your church staff or lay leaders ever experienced stress from the decision-making process at your church? Jim Barber shares about the frustration between a church staff and board when it comes to decision-making. (Jim Barber teaching at the Society for Church Consulting Training Summit in 2014.)
January 06, 2016  

Prioritizing pastoral roles (part 2)

There was a time when the roles of the clergy were clearly understood. Everyone expected the pastor to preach and to perform those ceremonies that only the clergy could do: to baptize, marry, and bury or as in the flippant rhyme: to hatch, match, and dispatch. Read Prioritizing pastoral roles ...
January 05, 2016   Jim Farrer

The necessity of emotional intelligence in pastoral leadership

It seems that now more than ever, there is a need for emotional intelligence in pastoral leadership. Emotional intelligence refers to a person’s abilities to perceive, identify, understand, and successfully manage their emotions as well as in others.  According to Daniel Goleman, there are four basic components of emotional intelligence ...
January 04, 2016   Steve Lawson
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