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Ten Ways Pastors Can Be Bad Bosses

God has gifted some people to be leaders  --  “If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously.” Romans 12:8.  It is also true that all church leaders should “take seriously” their responsibility to lead well, even if those who do not feel that they have the special gift of leadership.   Part of that responsibility is learning and growing to become better leaders.   Church consultant, Thom Rainer, wrote a recent blog about the top ten complaints he has heard over the years regarding pastors who are bad bosses. Unfortunately, as I read this list, I saw elements in a couple of the statements that reflect areas in which I have struggled over the years.  Certainly, those who would have criticized me would not have felt my weaknesses were as catastrophic as the criticisms below.  Nevertheless, my leadership did fall short.  Thank God, I have grown and improved in those areas!  Nevertheless, I still struggle – more than I let on. How about you?  As you ponder … [Read More...]

Saying No is Hard

Making good changes always involves saying “no”.  For me that is never easy. For me: Saying no to evening snacks is almost impossible. Saying no to worthy projects and ministry opportunities is hard. Saying no to people I care about tears me up. Learning to say no is indispensable to leading with excellence.  For me this has always been hard because I am a recovering “people pleaser.”  I have made some progress in recent years but I have a long, long way to go. I’ve … [Read More...]

O Come Let Us Adore Him

Every Christmas season we hear preachers warn us – watch out, don’t get too busy at Christmas and miss “the real reason for the season”. However, let’s be honest.  Too many of us who work in churches often warn about this danger but we are guilty of the same failing.  The necessity of producing memorable Christmas services and finding time to mine Scripture for new nuggets of truth buried in the familiar Christmas story, along with all the shopping and Christmas parties; all these often add … [Read More...]