At times it is necessary make difficult decisions related to staff positions or staff members. In minstries it is especially difficult to terminate a staff member. Ministry leaders are not usually professional managers, most ministries do not have HR policies that govern these things, and so these things can become quite personal. Ministry is not “business”, so the “strictly business” flavor of separation is not really appropriate. Continue reading “Difficult Staffing Decisions”
Recognizing that ministry is not a one-size-fits-all enterprise is a very important thing. I think this post shares a really good example of this. While calling those we are called to minster to “customers” feels very “marketing-ish” the message rings true. You won’t attract People if you won’t meet them where they are. Jesus was all over that message. We should be too.
This is a very provocative article that I don’t truly agree with, but I am positing it here because juxtaposed against Mark Howell’s article above – it makes Mark’s point stand out even more. Discipleship is a smaller box inside the innermost box. Look for a post on the FPM blog about this very topic in the next few weeks.
Ron’s post on casting vision without completing vision is dead on. I have lived through this, and his warning is appropriate. It is not only dangerous for the organization as a whole (it can lead to dissapointment) it is dangerous for leadership for the very reasons that Ron lists. Great post!!! The cost of completing the vision must be contemplated before you cast it.
28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you,
When casting vision, you need strategy to complete it. This post from my other blog is complementary to Ron’s post above, providing a simple framework for contemplating organizational change using vision, strategy and policy. Organizational change is hard – don’t kid yourself into thinking that if I can envision it, someone else will make it happen.
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