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The difference between leaders and managers

In Church Leadership by Russ Olmon

Every church requires both leadership and management — the challenge is in gaining the right balance of each. Most small church leaders do too much of the technical work in the church and manage the work of the church too little; but even if they are managing enough, almost all church leaders lead too little. To develop your church into …

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Set a personal example

In Church Leadership by Russ Olmon

One of the most effective tools you have as a leader is your own example. Your leaders watch you much closer than you might think. If you don’t practice the values and behavior necessary for your church to be a model, neither will your leaders. This is foundational to integrity. Unfortunately, many church leaders feel they don’t need to live …

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The foundation of leadership

In Church Leadership, Ministry Coaching by Russ Olmon

There is one foundational component of leadership that must be in place before you can ever hope to influence or inspire another person. If you don’t have it, there is no reason to waste your time or energy trying to develop leadership skills. Leadership skills cannot be developed without it. What is that component? Integrity. There is a part of leadership that …

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What makes an effective leader?

In Church Leadership, Church Strategy by Russ Olmon

Simply defined, leadership is the ability to influence or inspire others to take action toward a goal. When talking specifically about leadership in a church setting, that definition can be restated slightly to say leadership is the ability to influence and inspire others to accomplish the vision of your church. Do you have a vision? By definition, then, to be …

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Are you a leader of leaders?

In Church Leadership, Ministry Coaching by Russ Olmon

Everything in your church succeeds or fails based on your ability to lead. There have been churches with everything going for them except good leadership that have failed miserably. There have been other churches with almost nothing going for them except good leadership that have weathered difficult times and gone on to thrive and prevail. Nothing can make a church fail …

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Your church’s most valuable asset

In Church Leadership, Church Strategy by Russ Olmon

What is your church’s most valuable asset? Is it your unique style of ministry? Is it the cash you have in the bank? Is it your building or your physical resources such as computers, copiers, multi-media equipment, and materials? Is it your terrific location? Your most valuable asset is none of the above — it’s your people. Have you ever …

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Every pastor’s favorite task: Asking for money

In Church Finance, Church Leadership by Russ Olmon

I wanted to share some outstanding info/testimony about increasing giving in your church. I’ve known Brandon Cox since before he planted many years ago. Here’s Brandon’s input on the subject of raising money in your church… What’s the one subject almost no church leader enjoys talking about? Yep, money. Talking about money feels icky. Asking for money makes us feel like …