Leaders should spend extra time building relationships at every level of the organization in preparation for change. In fact, deepening connections should be encouraged for everyone as a precursor to a change initiative or change event. Why? Because healthy connections and relationships increases trust, decreases anxiety and helps create the web of support for healthy change. People feel better in times of chaos or confusion when they are tightly held in relationship.
- Host coffees or Happy Hours
- Fireside chats with constituents, open office hours, etc.
- Video blog so others can get to know you as a leader
- Take people out to lunch or coffee
- Ask people what support they need
- Have panel of leaders share about key issues or challenges
- “Get to Know... read more
Shared Leadership is a model for governance, decision making, and power for congregations that seeks balance between pastors, staff, and lay leaders. It can take many forms in boards or councils, but more importantly, prominent in the culture. Here are 5 benefits of shared leadership for your church:
1. A shared leadership culture is open more varieties of opinions, collaboration, and innovation. This can also mean there is less anxiety and more trust.
A congregational culture that embraces shared leadership puts value and worth on participation, giving voice, and the role of members in the ministry in a new way. This participative nature can include an empowering openness to new ideas, to conversations of discernment and decision making. It often requires articulation of beliefs and goals to unify leadership.
2. Shared leadership... read more
Remember how to plan a trip before the internet and GPS? When I was a kid, my mom would go to the AAA office to get maps, plan the itinerary with the travel agent and order a TripTik (a step by step map set to your destination). The TripTik is an awesome tool for travel planning as it has all the rest stops, gas stations, hotel and food stops listed for every segment of your journey. It was your guide for the trip. The family would pile into our old station wagon for some epic cross-country adventure.
Now, we wouldn’t trade our GPS mapping apps for anything. A faceless voice that tell us where to turn, merge or exit. It helps us venture, further, faster and deeper into unknown territory. It seems we have more courage, and less fear with the guidance of those devices. We rely on... read more