The servant leader must develop himself as a leader and as a servant so that together both he and his people can flourish and achieve their full potential in the service of a common, higher purpose.
The servant leader focuses on inspiring and enabling people to achieve their full potential, in pursuit of a shared and common purpose. For the servant ...
Jesus explicitly challenged the prevailing views of leadership with his disciples and he turned the “normal” upside down. He confronted the disciples views of power ...
At some point every Christian leader will end up being called upon to lead some kind of project. They may be short and quick or ...
There is a lot that is said and written about Christian leadership. Much of it is not actually about leadership at all, but is focused ...
As a Christian Leader may be you feel overwhelmed by the stresses and demands you and others place on your use of time? Time Management ...
Often as Christian leaders we look to Jesus only as a spiritual role model and then we look to the world for our models of ...
If stress allowed us to die, perhaps a little sooner but feeling comfortable that we, as a Christian leader had achieved our full potential for ...
Joshua lay face down in the dirt. Things had not gone according to plan. He had been there all day and had failed to work ...
by Thorsten Grahn on January 9, 2012 in Change, Leadership, Methods, Organisational Leadership, Pepole Development, Performance, Role Model, Servant Leader, SL, Strengths and Weaknesses, Team, Training
This article focuses on some key realities about the growth of people and the Christian servant leader’s role in its facilitation. First it’s the recognition that growth in organizations is as dependent upon God as is growth in a garden. However, growth needs to be fostered; it requires sufficient room for the individual to grow but excessive growth on the part of one can constrain and deprive another. Even then the difficult process of “pruning” is required to help shape and direct people, increasing their fruitfulness. But perhaps the most uncomfortable aspect of growth is change. This is inevitable.
In many aspects, the task of the gardener in a garden is similar to the task of the Christian servant leader modelled on Jesus Both will study the environment, define a specific purpose, prepare a place that is conducive for growth, get the right plants/people in to be able to fulfil the purpose, and tend to the individual plants/people to help them grow and bear fruit. A garden is made up of single plants and much additional insight can be gained from considering the role of a single plant – or even parts of a plant – in the garden, and applying those insights to the role of a leader in an organization.
Understanding Personality Questionnaires for Christian Leaders : The Key to Solving Your People Puzzles Quickly and Effectively?
by Andy Gilbert on September 13, 2011 in Church Leadership, CL, Conflict, Decision, Gifting, Integrity, Leadership, Methods, OL, Organisational Leadership, Pepole Development, Performance, Recruitment, Strengths and Weaknesses, Stress, Team
Using questionnaires to increase self-awareness and create an understanding of personality differences can help Christian Leaders and team members understand how they interrelate. Armed with this knowledge, and a little guidance, they can adjust how they work together to achieve their full potential.
When seeking a new pastorate there are number of classic mistakes that the prospective pastor can make, they can have dire consequences for them, their family and the church. This article, born out of experience helps you ponder these mistakes in the hope of helping you make good choices in God’s service.
When seeking a new pastor for your church there are number of classic mistakes that you can make; they can have dire consequences for your church and your newly appointed pastor and their family. This article, born out of years of experience helps you ponder these mistakes in the hope of helping you make good choices in God’s service.
This series on stress has been focusing on organisational stress and we have looked at the role that the Christian servant leader has to play by adopting strategies that help reduce stress for the people in his team or organisation. So far we have not considered what you can do if, through reading these articles, you identify high levels of occupational stress in yourself. Colin Buckland shared some more tips with me.
If you are in the ministry or on the mission field you may find our series on ministry stress helpful as well.
As we have seen in the first three articles, stress frequently arises because of the demands that are being placed on staff without a reasonable consideration of their capacity and capability and it is exacerbated when they feel they have no control over their situation. They feel that they are simply Cog-ware, parts of a machine that demands performance but has little care for their well being. The result is stress and with that declining performance.
There is a phrase that always amuses me. It’s “the elephant in the room”. We all know that it means that there is some big issue that is not being addressed. Well, organisational stress is most times a silent elephant in the corner of the room. It needs to be dealt with but no one more »
Stress is part of life and to some extent stress, or at least benign stress (let’s call it pressure), helps to motivate us to perform well. To that extent it can be considered positive. With too little pressure performance is sub-optimum. Witness the difficulties and boredom generated by too little work as well as insubstantial work that you can’t “get your teeth into”. The problem is that as the pressure increases performance peaks and then declines as the pressure turns to high level stress.
Christian Leadership Books
Freedom to Lead
by Colin Buckland
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This book (originally published under the title of Liberated to Lead) is for any Christian in a position of leadership in the Church. Many leaders struggle with the nature of their role – trying to do the impossible for God, rather than doing their best and leaving the rest to the God of the impossible.
Colin helps readers to:
- Balance family life and the pressures of ministry
- Set realistic expectations in ministry
- Understand one’s calling to Christian service
- Avoid or overcome burnout.
Freedom to Lead is an invaluable tool for leaders who want to learn more about themselves and the role God has called them to.
You can download a sample chapter from here....
Culture Craft (eBook version)
By Rick Sessoms & Colin Buckland
Many committed, capable, next-generation leaders are confused and frustrated in their current organisations. They cannot reconcile the evident chasm between the Jesus way of leadership and their own organisations’ dysfunctional cultures.
Rick and Colin have written this book to clear the confusion. They ask tough questions that reveal any organisation’s culture. They also offer practical, proven tools to build a ‘healthy’ organisation, one whose members demonstrate real values that are consistent with the teaching and example of Jesus.
This is a must-read book for ‘culture crafters’, those leaders who want to influence their organisations toward better health.
Please refer to the eBook licence
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