I have served as a leader in numerous churches. One of the interesting factors that I’ve noticed is that certain people appear in every church family. For the most part, I don’t think they are malicious but they are often misled. Here are 10 people that I think are in almost every church.
Great leadership requires great communication—communication that is clear and leads to action. In the same way, great upward leadership requires great upward communication. Like the majority of leadership, great upward communication is an art and not a science. Just as each team member you lead requires different leadership in different situations, each leader you will serve under has his/her own communication preferences. What worked with one leader you worked under may not work as well with your current leader. And you are wise to adjust to how your leader prefers to be communicated to.
Did you know that for musical arrangements, composers write more than just the notes to be played? They also write the strength with which each note should be performed. These markings are referred to as the “dynamics” of music.
Often times, a statistic is like a piece of candy thrown at a parade—you really don’t know if you should bite into it or not. We’ve all heard Mark Twain’s famous quote about lies and statistics. There is a reason so many people have had skepticism toward stats. Too frequently, people repeat inaccurate, bad, or explicitly made-up numbers.
My young pastor wisely wanted to think about overcoming those challenges while his children were still young. So I offered him these reflections based on years of experience.