Church Size: Leadership and Management – Tim Keller


One of the best leadership articles I have read in recent years is Tim Keller’s article on Church Size Process Management.  This is a must read for every pastor serious about taking their church to the next level.

Keller writes on importance of this concept…

“One of the most common reasons for pastoral leadership mistakes and missteps is blindness to the significance of church size. Size has an enormous impact on how a church functions. There is a “size culture” that profoundly affects how decisions are made, how relationships flow, how effectiveness is evaluated, what its ministers, staff, and lay leaders do. We tend to think of the chief differences between churches mainly in denominational or theological terms, but that under-estimates                                                               the impact of size on how a church operates.”

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Perry Noble shared this post today that is well worth your consideration and discussion. – Steve

Four Things I Want From Those Who Serve With Me

June 8, 2011

#1 – Don’t let me be surprised.

If something goes wrong, if a mistake has been made or if we have dropped the ball then the last thing I want to do is find out about what has happened “through the grapevine.” And…I don’t want half of the story either. (Many times just half of the story is told in order to “protect” the leader…when actually quite the opposite is true. “Protection” is knowing all of the facts…ALL of them.)

Tell me the truth…always.

(AND…leaders, it is up to you to create this type of environment. If you have a nasty habit of “shooting the messenger” then it is quite likely that you do not know the whole story in regards to what is happening in your organization.)

#2 – Don’t let me be the emperor that has no clothes!

I don’t know if you have read “The Emperor’s New Clothes” lately…it is a really funny children’s story that, unfortunately, isn’t so funny when it is played out in church world.

Once again…I need the truth from the people around me. I do not view those who God has placed around me as a liability but rather an asset…and I can honestly say that I have had numerous bad ideas as a leader over the past several years that have not made their way towards implementation because there are men and women around me who are willing to say, “Dude, we love you…but…that’s a bad idea.”

Leaders…it takes a secure person to be able to create this type of environment. You can either do this and reap the benefits…or you can surround yourself with “yes men” who refuse to tell you the truth because they fear you more than they fear the Lord.

#3 – Keep short accounts with me

We are a team…God has called us to serve Jesus together and the enemy would actually love to divide our leadership team way more than he wants to divide our church. (Because…he knows if he can divide us…the church will follow!)

As a team we will have spirited debate. We will disagree on decisions that have been made and/or how things should be done in the future. When this happens let’s be respectful, honest and refuse to allow a root of bitterness to develop among us. Life is too short and hell is too hot for us to allow anger and frustration with one another to continue to fester.

#4 – Be willing to put your personal preferences aside for the greater good of God’s church.

When people’s main filter of making decision is ran through their personal preferences the entire organization will always gravitate towards comfort and conformity because doing so is always easy…and as human beings we have to be aware of this natural tendency to drift in this direction.

Jesus didn’t call us to take up our mattress…He commanded us to take up our cross. This is hard…and many times it will mean putting our personal preferences aside in order to see God’s precepts carried out. We always have to be serious about putting pride aside and embracing whatever it is the Lord wants for us.

There has never been a church on the planet that has made a significant difference because the leaders were obsessed with always having their own way (this includes the senior pastor!) Let’s continue to beg God to conform and transform us so that we can do all HE has in mind for us to do…even when it places us in a perpetual state of discomfort.


6 Kinds of Stakeholders in Your Ministry

And How They Relate Your Vision by Will Mancini

#1 Tent Stake Holders: These are the people God gives you in the beginning of your vision or enterprise. During this time, things are flexible and nothing is permanent. Its exciting to have anybody help “pitch the tent” in the early days. For whatever reason, some good and some bad, God moves these people on. But they are always a gift in the start-up season. They contributed to the scaffolding for what you were building and not to the building itself.

#2 High Stakes Holders: These are the people God gives you as “lifers” in your ministry and vision. They are “all in.” When you bet the farm they did too. You couldn’t have done it without them and its hard to imagine the journey ahead if they’re not standing right next to you. They have the mentality of “owners.”

#3 Eat-the-Steak Holders: As you build your ministry you will hire people to contribute. These people are the staff and employees of the cause. Of course you want them fired up and living on mission. But at the end of the day they experienced the benefit of the mission’s success prior to experiencing the sacrifice of the mission’s start.  Their commitment is variable because its hard for them to separate what they give to the cause from what they get. Nevertheless, they are crucial carriers of the vision.

#4 Stake Beholders – These are not the people who got the vision and jumped on the board. These are the people for whom the vision existed. This is the single mom who met Jesus through your ministry and is loyal to your leadership.  This is the successful businessman who is always attentive to your advice because his life was changed by God’s truth spoken through you. You may not feel like these people are your core stakeholders, but their combined presence gives a cumulative credibility and substance to your vision.

#5 SweepStake Holders: Everyone once in a while, God brings the right person at the right time to strategically advance the vision. This jackpot person may be a large gift donor or a trusted advisor or a silent prayer warrior.  They may not be around the vision everyday but they are willing investors at a distance.  They move as God supernaturally directs or as they perceive need. They are your angels.

#6 Mis-take Holders: No matter how well you lead, there will be frustrated people in your ministry. Some well meaning people will be receive from the ministry for a season but were never called to contribute back. Others will be misplaced staff or volunteers who never really fit or never really caught the vision. Be the recipient of “blessed subtraction” and let these people find a place where they can be a better kind of stakeholder.


No matter what we’re leading…

A church
A family
An organization
A business
A classroom
An office

Loving people is always more effective long term than using people.

Sure, it’s easy to manipulate and convince people to move in a certain direction or do a certain thing the way you want it done… for a while.

But eventually, the motivation used by manipulation runs it’s course.
In other words, a leader can only manipulate someone to do something (do it well) for so long.

Love on the other hand,
When flowing from a genuine care for the people you’re leading,
Never runs it’s course.

People will always be motivated and will always feel more appreciated if they feel our genuine love.

Sure, there may be bumps in the road,
You still may have to have the tough conversations.


When they’re done in and through love, they will lead to a renewed motivation for the follower.

No matter what you’re leading today, use love as the motivator, not manipulation.

After all, if you’re manipulating, you’re really not leading, you’re dragging.

People eventually figure out you’re dragging them and will abandon you.

Love leads, manipulation drags.

Choose to love, not use.

Steve: This is a great reminder from Jonathan Pearson and his blog (Un)Common This is copyrighted material and used by permission. Visit his blog and subscribe.