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We’ve all heard the analogy that leading pastors is like “herding cats.” Leading a leader can be an adventure. But rookie pastors need mentoring—and the old-timer pastors sometimes need a fire put under them to help get them out of their “this-is-how-we’ve-always-done-it” mentality. Articles by experienced Executive Pastors and other church leaders can help you find direction.

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What Makes a Great Campus Pastor?

November 1st, 2016|Comments Off on What Makes a Great Campus Pastor?

Ask any multisite church leader today what the most important component is in multisiting and the overwhelming answer is the campus pastor. When I went to Willow Creek in the year 2000 to pioneer the multisite strategy, [...]

7 Key Principles for Leading a Meeting

January 12th, 2016|Comments Off on 7 Key Principles for Leading a Meeting

You spend a great deal of money on team meetings. Add the salaries and benefits of everyone invited to a meeting. Divide that total by 2,080, the number of work hours in a year.  You [...]

Stress Relief for Pastors and Leaders

December 27th, 2014|Comments Off on Stress Relief for Pastors and Leaders

Does it feel like helping others is sometimes hurting you more? Are you taking deliberate steps to manage stress in your life? Everyone experiences stress. Even good events like weddings, births, and graduations create stressful conditions. [...]

Questions for the New Year

December 27th, 2014|Comments Off on Questions for the New Year

The New Year brings new opportunities to focus our lives on what and who matters most. In my mentoring and consulting practice, I am working with my clients this month, helping them talk through their [...]

Great Coaching Conversations with Key Players

August 5th, 2014|Comments Off on Great Coaching Conversations with Key Players

Do you know how to have a coaching conversation with your key players? It’s scary to think about the amount the time we spend talking to staff members and key volunteers on any given week. [...]

Nine Habits of Highly Successful Mentoring

May 14th, 2014|Comments Off on Nine Habits of Highly Successful Mentoring

A few years ago, after I gave my first training program to a group of six people, I remember the words of one woman. She appreciated my willingness to share whatever I knew. When I [...]

Improve the Chances of “Winning” the Year

October 14th, 2013|Comments Off on Improve the Chances of “Winning” the Year

As an avid sports fan, one aspect of coaching that I always look forward to evaluating is halftime adjustments. These adjustments can be the difference between victory and defeat, especially in closely-contested match-ups of two [...]

Ten Approaches to the Interim Pastor’s Sermon Application

August 19th, 2013|Comments Off on Ten Approaches to the Interim Pastor’s Sermon Application

The preacher’s job is to get people to see themselves in the mirror of God’s Word (James 1:22-25). But this can become a tough challenge for interim pastors. The developmental tasks before the church shapes [...]

Seven Warning Signs that Your Church Staff is in Trouble

May 5th, 2013|Comments Off on Seven Warning Signs that Your Church Staff is in Trouble

The caliber of your church staff is crucial to the long-term health of your church. Honing your ability as a leader and your church staff's ability to operate as a high functioning team takes work,