In the The Catalyst Leader, Brad Lomenick, President of Catalyst, a movement purposed to equip and inspire young Christian leaders through events, resources, consulting and community, identifies the eight essentials and key characteristics of a Catalyst leader for leading well now and over the next 20 years.
Can an ordinary church become an uncommonly healthy church Absolutely. But it won't happen automatically. Many average, ordinary churches allow their health to deteriorate to the point that they no longer have the heart to grow strong again. How do some churches fend off this heart deterioration to become uncommonly healthy churches?
Adapted from Leading from the Lions Den, by Tom Harper, this free e-book provides one key leadership principle from every book of the Old Testament. In this special easy-to-read format, each one-page chapter contains a timeless principle, key verse and...
It is our prayer that this Church Health Survey will help you lead your church to be healthy in the areas of worship, evangelism, discipleship, ministry, prayer, and fellowship.
Read today to assist in making crucial decisions regarding the future of your church.
A host of software tools are available to assist facilities managers and business administrators in scheduling space, but they're not all created equal. Learn about different types of management software that can help ease the burden of scheduling.
How Leaders Achieve Maximum Results in Minimum Time. In today's world of rapid, disruptive change, strategy can't be separate from execution - it has to emerge from execution. You have to continually adjust your strategy to fit new realities.
Spotting an exceptional brand is easy, but building an exceptional brand is one of the most overwhelming and elusive challenges organizations face. In What Grant Brands Do, author Denise Yohn identifies seven key principles that the world's top brands consistently live out.
Managing beyond the myths. We are now overled and undermanaged. Instead of distinguishing leaders from managers, we should be seeing managers as leaders, and leadership as management practiced well. It is time to recognize that managing is neither a science nor a profession.
In Transformational Groups, authors Ed Stetzer and Eric Geiger share their hearts for community. The authors have developed nine steps to community through decades of pastoral leadership, countless small groups, and multiple research projects.
Moving people on to the God's agenda.Holding a leadership position in a Christian organization does not make you a spiritual leader. Nor does working a secular occupation preclude you from being a spiritual leader at your workplace.
In Relational Intelligence, author Steve Saccone presents a framework he defines as relational leadership, of whom Jesus Christ is the ultimate example. Saccone challenges us to become what he calls a relational genius, one who seeks to master the art of relationships.
When it comes to decision-making, whats spotlighted will rarely be everything we need to make a good decision, and we wont always remember to shift the light. Sometimes well forget there is a spotlight at all, dwelling so long in the tiny circle of light that we forget theres a broader landscape beyond it.
Authors Neil Cole and Phil Helfer believe that we have allowed the world to co-opt and corrupt the true and vital expression of life in Christ and substitute it with the same old religious system found everywhere else in the world.
In the familiar parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), Jesus tells of a son going off to the far country and losing his inheritance through excessive and wasteful living. The outpouring of the love of the father on the...
Judgment on the Front Line: How Smart Companies Win By Trusting Their People. In Judgment on the Front Line, authors Chris DeRose and Noel Tichy assert that too many organizations do too little to tap into the intelligence, creativity, and experience of their frontline workers.
Just Lead is a welcome guide for women who feel called to lead but need help to learn what it takes to break the stained-glass ceiling. Sherry Surratt, CEO of MOPS International, and Jenni Catron, executive director of Cross Point Church, are two experienced leaders who have served in a number of capacities in churches and organizations.
Creativity expert Todd Henry believes that the tag creative applies to far more people than just advertising gurus and design studio staff. According to Henry, if youre responsible for solving problems, developing strategies, or otherwise straining you brain for new ideas, you are a creative even if you ended up being one accidently.
For years, most nonprofits felt that good intentions were by themselves enough. But today, we know that because we dont have a bottom line, we have to manage better than for-profit business. We have to have discipline rooted in our...
North America has some 1,650 churches that match the widely accepted definition of a megachurch: a Protestant congregation with 2,000 or more average weekly attendees (both adults and children) at all services and physical locations. Thats roughly 1,625 in the...
Leaders in todays organizations must be able to build effective teams, start stalled ones, and fix broken ones. Leaders wanting to become a master mechanic of team effectiveness must understand what lies under the hood of a high performance team.
For more than 25 years, The Leadership Challenge has been the most trusted source on becoming a better leader. Based on authors James Kouzes and Barry Posners extensive global research, this all-new edition casts their enduring work in context for...
Conversations are not what we think they are. Weve grown up thinking they are about talking, sharing, information, telling people what to do, or telling others whats on our minds. We are now learning, through neurological and cognitive research, that a conversation goes deeper and is more robust than simple information.
Many times, conventional wisdom about communications and marketing is just wrong. It mass markets, forces-feeds, and assumes people are just waiting to hear what you have to say. Are you unknowingly falling victim to believing five myths about getting the word out?
Based on solid research and practical experience, Better Together: Making Church Mergers Work provides a hands-on guide so that lead churches and joining churches can each understand the issues, select an appropriate model, and develop strategies that will create a positive, healthy merger.
Visual Leaders explores how leaders can support visioning and strategy formation, planning and management, and organizational change through the application of visual meeting and visual team methodologies organization wideliterally trans-forming communications and peoples sense of what is possible.
This is an era in which the demand for leadership greatly exceeds the supply. The aggressive attempts to recruit outsiders suggest that most organizations leadership pipeline is inadequate. Everyone seems to be fighting over a relatively small group of stars who tend to move from organization to organization.
The Ten Faces of Innovation is a book about innovation with a human face. Its about the individuals and teams that fuel innovation inside great organizations. Its a book about new roles people can play.
The church in the U.S. is facing a twofold problem: Strategic Problems and Missionary Problems. We are all competing in the known church space for diminishing returns while the majority of the
population remains largely unreached.
Many of our churches have become cluttered so cluttered that people have a difficult time encountering the simple and powerful message of Christ. So cluttered that many people are busy doing church instead of being the church.
Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Ky. has seen steady growth since its founding more than 40 years ago. This chart shows weekly worship averages, weekly Bible study attendance, new additions, general fund offerings and special building fund amounts.
Andy Stanley thinks every church should be a church irreligious people love to attend. When he and a small group of dedicated leaders founded North Point in 1995, they were the only church around designed to capture the imaginations of unchurched people.
The scenario is all too common: Your churchs childrens ministry is spread too thin, and your worship team is feeling overstretched. Your staff is facing burnout, and it seems like even the smallest decisions become battlegrounds.
The Present Future: Six Tough Questions for the Church. The Present Future is written for congregation leaders, pastors, and church staffs as polemical volume aimed to provoke conversations that lead to action, to risk, to rediscovery of mission.
Despite 50% of large churches being slowed by the Great Recession that has marked North America since 2008, a majority of large congregations met or exceeded their budgets in 2012, and most have seen offerings increase over that same time period.
Simplicity isnt just a design principle at Apple its a value that permeates every level of the organization. Learn the Powerful Lessons of Simplicity. Ken Segall was the creative director at several ad agencies, working for big-name tech companies...
Obviously, there are lots of things that matter now, including social media, big data, emerging markets, virtual collaboration, risk management, open innovation, and sustainability. But in a world of fractured certainties and battered trust, some things matter more than others....
During the first half of 2012, we invited churches from around the world to assess their senior leadership team for free. Nearly 600 people representing leadership teams at 145 churches took us up on the offerand the results provided some...