Month: January 2013

Leading the Smaller Congregation – Part 8

Because a high percentage of smaller churches have either plateaued or are in a period of decline, pastors in these settings must also understand the process of implementing change. Since there is not a steady flow of new people into the smaller church, careless or too aggressive forms of change can create leadership conflicts that

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Leading the Smaller Congregation – Part 7

In Part 6, we began discussing why a team approach is the best leadership strategy in the smaller church. We considered how the pastor is often one of the newest members of the team and will need the experience and historical understanding of those who sit around the table with him. At the same time,

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Leading the Smaller Congregation – Part 6

As we said in our last blog, team leadership is the best choice for the smaller congregation. Let’s rejoin those thoughts… Another reason team leadership works best in the smaller setting is that in most cases, the current pastor hasn’t been around for much of the church’s journey. In fact, there are times when the

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Leading the Smaller Congregation – Part 5

Let’s continue our discussion of leading the smaller congregation by looking at the way smaller church leaders differ from those who lead larger congregations. In the larger church, task-driven leaders are greatly needed. These focused leaders know how to rally people to a cause and they produce results. Quite simply, that challenge demands a leader

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