Introduction to the 'Effective Leadership from Ephesians' series. A Look at some of the calls and precepts from Paul's in Ephesians applied to leading and managing a church.
How most people in the Christian leadership, community come up with our theories are actually simple. Look into who are successful, see what they are doing and then quantify it, organize and then orchestrate to so to help others emulate it. This in many cases is a great way to take from those who can and help those who can't. Good ideas can come from this. The problem arises in our quantifications, usually it is something else to these churches or leader's successes that has nothing to with just ability; rather, persona, charisma; rather, God's unmerited favor.
How are you communicating Grace and peace to your people? Are you authentic and humble? If you are not, you are doing church wrong. Our number one job is to always point to Jesus Christ as the Lord over all.
See the entire series here: /Leadership-from-Ephesians
Research on the Happenings in Pastors' Personal and Church Lives.
So, what is going on with today's servants of the Church?
Since first studying pastors in the late 80's, we are seeing significant shifts in the last 20 years on how pastors view their calling and how churches treat them.
We have seen that although the work hours are still long and the pay below a living wage, pastors are much happier with their congregations and their marriages are looking stronger. Churches, for the most part, treat their pastors better than we saw in previous studies. Significant strides have been made. The data we collected has pointed to the causes and motivations of stress, burnout, and church dysfunction. Many churches still place unreasonable requirements upon pastors. Pastors, in turn, are overworking themselves to appease congregational expectations while facing volunteer apathy, criticism, and a fear of change. A brief overview of the statistics:
PDF Report with graphs and insights:
We have an entirely new website; months of undertaking from many dedicated people. And we are still working on it. Over one thousand Biblical, practical and well-researched articles and curriculums, all for you to use to build a better church for our Lord's glory!
General Revelation means we have no excuse. (3/7/2008)
No Fear of Failure
No Fear of Failure is the ability to take a risk and keep the focus and attention on our call and obedience! (1/14/2008)
Holding onto Character
Character comes from our response to faith is by godly living, and exercising out our faith with trust and obedience, whatever we face! It is not looking at our situation; rather, it is looking to God. God desires and deserves our whole-hearted loyalty, allegiance, trust, obedience, and devotion; so, what is stopping you? (1/28/2008)