We all know there are different kinds of leaders with different strengths. None of us are good at everything.
Many of the pastors and church planters I know are strong in vision, Bible, or in caring for people, but really want (and need) help in the area of systems, strategy, organization, structure, and processes.
It’s one thing to have a vision — another to implement it.
It’s one thing to know where to go — another to shape the path there.
With that in mind, I want to share some blogs that I’ve found extremely helpful:
Paul Alexander Blog
Paul is part of the executive team at Sun Valley Community Church (here in Phoenix). They are a strong church with a very healthy leadership culture. His tagline is “Helping Churches Make Vision Real.” Paul has many helpful posts and even featured one of mine.
I just recently came across this blog by Rich Birch (Operations Pastor at Liquid Church) with the tagline “Stuff you wish they taught in seminary.” Already I’m thankful for this site, including this post on launching things and this post about announcement alternatives.
Will Mancini is all about clarity. As the founder of Auxano and the author of Church Unique, Mancini strives to help each local church find its unique vision and get crystal clear about it. I highly recommend his Church Unique Visual Summary and his posts on the vehicles of vision.
Jamie is Co-President of Storyville Coffee Company, an author, and former executive pastor (now lay elder) at Mars Hill Church. He is wise and experienced beyond his years and has a terrific perspective.
Michael is the Chief Operating Officer of The Rocket Company and a former pastor. He’s got some life and ministry scars and is open about what he’s learned from them. I love his entrepreneurial spirit and creativity (check out this $1,000 challenge).
Of course, I can’t endorse everything that’s written on these blogs and there are sometimes things that I disagree with or that make me cringe.
But I need help leading people from here to there, and these folks have helped. Maybe they’ll help you too.
What blogs, websites or leaders do you follow that you think we should be learning from?