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Tim Stevens

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What Will It Take To Double Our Attendance?
Posted by Tim Stevens on 8/24/17 7:00 AM

5 Things Every Senior Pastor & Executive Pastor Need From Each Other

Over the past couple of weeks, I have published a couple of articles about the relationship between the Senior Pastor and Executive Pastor on my blog, LeadingSmart.com. Here is a short overview of those articles with some bonus material just for our Vanderbloemen readers.

Posted by Tim Stevens on 1/18/17 7:43 AM

Why Church Leaders Need More Coaching, Not Conferences

Conferences are great. They can be inspiring and helpful. They get you out of your environment so you have fresh eyes to learn. I've hosted conferences and taken many groups to conferences - they definitely have a purpose. Workshops or seminars are also good. You have a bit longer to learn about a specific topic and even interact some with the other people who are learning. I've taught many workshops over the years.

But there is nothing like coaching.

Posted by Tim Stevens on 11/3/16 7:04 AM

How Church Leaders Should Handle Failure

Adapted from Fairness is Overrated.

Perhaps you’ve heard of the five stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. I think a similar list could help define the stages a church leader goes through when his or her church or ministry experiences a failure.

Posted by Tim Stevens on 8/31/16 10:54 AM

3 Reasons You Should Be Paying Your Children’s Pastor More

Usually when you see an article with a title like this, it was written by a Children’s Pastor. Or you might see a similar type of article written by a worship leader who says that all worship leaders are under-paid.

Posted by Tim Stevens on 4/27/16 7:47 AM

8 Reasons Your Church Staff Needs A Senior Leadership Team

I’ve had the opportunity to work with hundreds of church staffs in the past thirty years of ministry, and there are dozens of different types of church leadership structures. Some have deacons, others have elders, and some churches have both. Some churches, regardless of their structure, have a Senior or Lead Pastor who makes pretty much all the decisions. Other churches believe in a “plurality of leadership,” or will have a “first among equals” philosophy of leadership.

Posted by Tim Stevens on 4/13/16 6:59 AM

8 Signs It Might Be Time To Resign From Your Church Staff

When I joined the staff of Granger Community Church in 1994, leaving never crossed my mind. Oh, I suppose if I had thought about it very long, I knew I wouldn’t be there forever. But on that particular day, as far as I was concerned, I was in it for the long haul.

Posted by Tim Stevens on 9/3/15 6:49 AM

Church Leadership Insight: Count The YES Votes

Posted by Tim Stevens on 3/5/15 11:12 AM

Churches: Is Working With Friends Worth The Mess?

Posted by Tim Stevens on 2/10/15 1:40 PM

Why All Leaders Should Follow Jack Bauer

Posted by Tim Stevens on 1/20/15 3:55 PM

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