Most of us in leadership have had to “wrestle” a bit with our personality in one way or another and most in leadership positions possess personality traits commonly referred to as “Type A.” Type A folks are driven – for success, for accomplishment, for recognition, for significance, or for some other goal. There is a strong level of competitiveness (how else does one get to “the top”?), a sense of urgency, and thus a strong work ethic which results in time involvement and placing work before people.by
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Last week was a bit crazy for me. I woke up one day to a flood of new followers on Twitter and my name placed by the folks at LDRLB.co among the “Top 50 Professors on Twitter in 2013” who Tweet on leadership, innovation and strategic thinking. I was shocked. The LDRLB folks comprised the list on Klout scores, allowing for niche (like youth work!) leaders to have a chance among the more “name” folks.
My first honest reaction was, “Is it a good thing to for professors to be so active on Twitter?” I mean, these are the people who are to spend their time researching and writing in a messy office or laboratory. I’m still not sure I have that question answered yet. However, if one is concerned about leadership and strategy, then being involved in the conversations is an important element. AND, Twitter has been invaluable for connecting with various networks of leaders, youth workers, pastors, and other authors.by
In the world of youth ministers, education pastors, and other associate pastors, there is a misconception that these supporting ministers are likened to ‘second chairs’ to their senior pastors. In an orchestra, second chairs play to the lead of the first chair. This analogy of associate pastors to second chairs is an inherently incomplete comparison rife with misguided assumptions about the role of the associate pastor in relation to a senior pastor.
Working on a church staff under a senior pastor can be a rewarding experience but also a ministry killer. After interviewing dozens of associate pastors and youth ministers, one clear indicator of longevity of church staff is how much of a micromanger the senior pastor is. Many senior pastors feel that since they are the “one in charge” that seniors must direct every decision of their staff. The years of experience that the senior pastor has accrued leads many seniors to think that they know everything about ministry.by
Wes Black has been one of the shaping forces to the field of youth ministry over the past 40 years. Dr. Wes served in local youth ministry for many years before taking a teaching position at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been involved in many books, including the best-selling (globally one of the most popular YMN books from the US) Four Views of Youth Ministry and the Church. Wes has been a facilitator and encourager and has been a leader on the boards of the North American Professors of Christian Education and the Association of Youth Ministry Educators. Beyond all of his accomplishments, Wes is known to his friends as a man of deep faith in Christ with a great sense of humor. It is a personal honor for me to have Wes spend time with us at the Youth Specialties‘ Roundtable.
In this interview, I talk with Dr. Wes about the findings from the book, The Spirit and Culture of Youth Ministry.by
This past week Seth Godin wrote that real-time news is neither. He said, “Go watch an hour of cable news from a year ago… what were they yelling about that we actually care about today?”
It made me think about my field of youth ministry and the books that we clamor for and trumpet each year. Some received a LOT of press when they came out but today are rarely mentioned or discussed. Others have seemed timeless and continue to inform the field. Others may not have sold as many copies, but have a devoted following.by
I just finished Curating Worship by Jonny Baker (I know, finally). The delay wasn’t the book’s fault – it’s quite readable – but rather my own as I worked it in here and there. And then reread it. Jonny’s work has affected almost every conversation I’ve had about ministry or teaching over the last three weeks. Just last night I talked with a Christian leader who lamented hearing the same 30 choruses over and over at his church – and the quality levels for some didn’t render themselves to repetition.
The bulk of the book is series of interviews with different leaders who facilitate worship experiences. It will introduce you to what is happening in some traditions within the UK, Australia, and in parts of the US. You will note a theological range as well within the interviews, something that I think is healthy for someone who wants to be introduced to a particular practice within Christian churches. Those prod and challenge me – and I find that helpful.by
First, this will not be a book “review.” Frankly I don’t do those as well as I would like (and Claire Gillen of the Washington Times did a nice job for this book). Often a review to be as much about the one writing and his/her perspective as the book. Mine end up being promotional pieces for books that you must read.
And you must read THE LOSER LETTERS by Mary Eberstadt. Order it now. I”ll wait.by