How do you become a leader – the leader you were meant to be? Meet Dan, a 47 year old pastor at a relatively contemporary church on the west coast. Dan has been the senior leader for eight years and has watched a handful of people meeting in his home grow to a formidable church of over 700. Continue reading “Become a Leader God Meant You to Be”
In World War II, Winston Churchill referred to the actions of the Russian leadership when he said, “It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside and enigma.” For many that describes how they feel about the leadership of the church today. Pastors, lay leaders, and parishioners struggle with the complexities and tensions of leading the church, both organizationally and spiritually, while unbelieving skeptics observe from afar. Goal setting can change that. Continue reading “Goal Setting and Leadership”
Transitions: Promise and Peril
Coaching transitions in a leader’s life draws on a coach’s skill in helping them discern God’s true agenda in a time that may call for equal parts letting go and getting on with life. New, exciting opportunities come to capable leaders in transition – and the rush of taking on a new challenge seems especially appealing when what we were doing before has come to a frustrating end. But how do you figure out if that new position or new idea is God’s open door or if it is an Ishmael: close to the mark, but more a product of your own need to accomplish something than it is a result of God’s plan. This is where coaching transitions can be helpful. Continue reading “Coaching Transitions In Leader’s Lives”
Most of us have grown up in a world where we are either a supervisor or we are being supervised. Think about it…our parents supervised us, our teachers in school supervised us, our bosses supervised us. Perhaps we became the parent, teacher or boss, thus stepping into the supervising role ourselves. But when you become a coach, how do you navigate the competing demands of supervising versus coaching?
A supervisor is usually the one coming up with the vision, mission and direction. Although they may solicit help from others, because the buck stops with them, supervisors are the ones who clarify goals and objectives. Supervisors are usually the ones who call the meeting, set the agenda, and direct the conversation. Continue reading “Supervising versus Coaching”