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Don't Invite Them to Church

In this wonderfully biblical and practical resource Karen Wilk puts her finger on where the established church has strayed from developing leaders the way that Jesus did.

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Supporting Leaders with Kingdom Vision: From Denomination to Local Body

This first article in a series of 4 by Ed Stezer explores how each of us plays a critical role in creating a culture where passionate kingdom builders can boldly explore the multiplication opportunities to which they feel called.

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Pastor, Are You Sure You're in the Right Church?

ChapterNext is an organization that works on behalf of both a church's search committee as well as individual pastors. Some might refer to Rev. Dr. Sam Hamstra as either a 'headhunter' or a 'matchmaker.'

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Leadership or Preaching? What is more important in the CRC?

I have heard from quite a few people lately that our churches lack vision. We don't know where we are going and if we do know, we can't agree on how to get there. If you had to choose between a leader who could preach or a preacher who could lead, what would you choose? What does our denomination need?
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Catch & Release Leadership Development

I don’t know if you’ve ever had a chance to find yourself in a church or organization that is really, really good at leadership development. If you have, you’ll know that one of the marks of these kinds of organization is that they’re constantly losing talent. Churches and organizations that are truly effective in leadership development are constantly having to replace leaders – whether they’re a college football coaching staff, a business, a church or a non-profit organization. Even though it can often be inconvenient and difficult to keep building and ending relationships, healthy churches...
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Seminar

Male leaders, you are invited to a seminar sponsored by Christian Service Ministries on Thursday, July 19, 7-9 pm at Calvin Christian Reformed Church in Oak Lawn. "Why Churches Struggle to Help Sexual Strugglers...and what can we do about it?" New technologies in the past decades have led to the explosive growth o porgnography use in our society. Most experts agree that half of the men in our churches are struggling with sexual temptation, and many of these men are experiencing internet pornography as a full blown addiction. It is devastating marriages, families, and churches. Yet, although...
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Recruiting Pastors in Seminary

When I was in my final year of seminary in 2010, I had heard that churches weren't allowed to call a pastor until after she/he was approved as a candidate for ministry by Synod. Technically, this is followed. Call letters typically aren't sent until you are officially a candidate. But really...no one follows this. There were students in my classes flying to Colorado and California, taking second and third interviews in March, and many students had their first call sealed up by April. Of course, many did not. Some churches still try to play by the "rules" and wait until The Banner comes out...
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When a pastor leaves a church, for any reason, what are the implications for church staff?

When a pastor leaves a church, for any reason, such as taking a call to another church, retirement, leaving the ministry, what are the implications for the remaining staff at that church? How do they continue doing ministry? Do they now have a new "leader?" Where do they look for direction? If you have experienced that situation and could guide others going through it, I'd like to hear from you, and I think others would, too. Are there resources, such as articles or books, that might inform that time of transition? This topic came up at a recent meeting of the Staff Ministry Committee (SMC)...
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What are your three principles for running a good "vision meeting?"

I am just starting to run meetings at my church and I am definitely looking for advice. What are your three principles for running a good, two hour vision meeting? John Burden, Providence Church, Holland Mi
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Is there a central website where those interested in CRC Leadership Development Networks can share best practices?

I am just wondering if there is a central website where those who are interested in CRC Leadership Development Networks can share best practices and the like when it comes to ministry training. I would love to hear updates, celebrations, etc. from those who have felt God's call on their lives to be more involved in ministry.I hear LDNs referred to occasionally, but is there a central online "meetingplace" for those involved?
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congregational and Leadership Training

Covenant Life Church of Grand Haven MI & Great Lakes Urban (GLU), an equipping ministry for both RCA and CRC Urban Churches, have rescheduled their jointly sponsored "Body Building" Practical Leadership Conference on Saturday, 29 October at Covenant Life Church, 101 Columbus, Grand Haven MI. This conference, endorsed by CRC Regional Home Missions' - Ben Becksvoort, and the Great Lakes Synod of the RCA's Rev, Rick Veenstra is designed for Pastors, Staff and Lay Leadership and is focused on providing creative and practical principles and ideas to enable effective ministry to our communities...
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Free: Leading with a Purpose Seminar

The Leadership Exchange of the CRCNA is offering a free, one-day workshop for synodical delegates at Calvin College on June 9, 2011. The workshop is open to the first 75 synodical delegates who register and, upon availability, others in the CRCNA. It will be facilitated by the Malphurs Leadership Group and is sponsored and hosted by the Leadership Exchange. The deadline for registration is April 30, 2011. For more information check out workshop details here on the Leadership Exchange website .
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Who has information on how to handle the training and support for the Council/Elder chairman?

To be council chair or officer can be a daunting and lonely task - especially for your first time. We are forming an area group of leaders from 6 to 8 local churches. We are seeking input and/or materials to help us be more effective in our roles and to train our replacements and get them up to speed so that they can be more effective right from the start of their tenure. There seems to be a couple of key elements that would be most helpful in carrying out these duties effectively; a) to provide continuity to the leadership and vision of the council with the scheduled "churn" of 1/3 of the...
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Who Will Take Your Place?

When I was a sophomore in college I joined the youth ministry team as an apprentice small group leader. For a whole year I shadowed Sara, the small group leader. I watched how she interacted with the girls—a group of sophomores from a local high school. I listened as she led the Bible study. I met her at leader's meetings on Sunday nights. I went with her to the girls' sporting events. I witnessed her passion for Christ and her commitment to the girls in our group. From watching Sara I learned what it meant to be a youth leader. When she graduated from college and moved away, I took over as...
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The Gap: Young Adult Leadership

Hello, One prevalent problem in our churches is disappearance of people from age 18 to 30. Even the most active youth group kids seem to go away to college and virtually disappear off of the congregations radar. There are many possible reasons why this, but chief among them has to be that when they return, their home church no longer feels like home. When you are an authentic member of a household, there are certain things that are thrust upon you that aren't given to guests. For instance, there is a real space for you where you belong, you are not merely crashing on the couch or sleeping on...
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Traits: ADHD Pastor

Leadership and ADHD can be a challenge. And when the leader is a pastor, several issues surface. One is the inability for the pastor to stay organized. From not remembering to go to meetings -- to losing papers -- to not finishing his sermon until the night before -- to being consistently late, ADHD pastors struggle with staying on top of things. What can be difficult for the ADHD pastor is the way they manage time. They can find themselves engrossed with small, minute details that have little relevance to the greater picture. An example would be for a pastor to become so involved in...
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Traits: Narcissistic Leader

The narcissistic leader is exhausting to work with. The need to be the centerpiece of every conversation, his fishing for compliments, his need to diminish others so he can feel good about himself are some of what he is about. If he can’t change the conversation to be about him, then he’s not going to be a part of it. He uses others for his advantage, make shameless comments, (if you don’t like me, leave the church) and believes others envy how great he is. He is so much work. In the church context, the narcissistic pastor will walk around the fellowship hall conversing with nearly everyone...
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Traits: conflict avoider?

Being a people pleaser is not leadership. If you as a pastor or church leader find yourself trying to accommodate nearly every issue that comes your way or you have become a “yessum” to nearly every question or concern by others, reevaluating your need to be liked is a must . There is no way that anyone can be a leader and be a conflict avoider. As leaders, in corporation and in the church context, it is crucial for you to be able to manage conflict, deal with conflict and engage in conflict. It’s okay to have fears when you do it – but you need to be able to do it. The more you practice the...
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Traits

When our denominational leadership, local pastors, and church leaders breach confidentiality, slander, gossip, defame, libel, abuse children, sexually misconduct themselves, invade privacy, use undue influence or do any other forms of abuse of power, there must be concern. When those responsible for holding them accountable for their work and conduct – whether it’s a local church leader, on the classis level, or an employed personnel of the denominational building – fail to do so, abuse of power will continue. If you as a leader are more concerned about who likes you and who doesn’t, I...
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Building Church Leaders

This site takes a broader look at church leadership. Those involved in church leadership on a variety of fronts will find valuable samples, downloads, training tools, and opportunities to connect with other leaders. Small Group leaders will especially like the tab, "Mentor and Disciple."

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Duke Divinity School: Faith & Leadership

Duke Divinity School has a wide-ranging website that highlights several areas of interest to pastors.

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Building Church Leaders

Christianity Today has developed this site with many helpful resources.

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