It’s Thursday, kiddies: the day when I roll out a few things I’ve been reading over the past week. Three of ‘em, to be exact. Enjoy. (Remember: click on the big bold print to read the entire article.)
(via @_michaelkelley) Good grief. Don’t read this unless you’re ready to get worked over. (On second thought, go ahead and read it. It’ll do you good.)
Here we have, then, a fine soldier in his own right, and yet one whose primary task was to come alongside someone else to make sure they had what they needed at the most crucial and vital of times. He was not necessarily the greatest warrior, but instead was the one who equipped the warrior. He was not the one standing at the front of the battle, but instead the one who made another ready for battle. He was not the hero who received the accolades but instead the one who stood in the background in the looming shadow of that hero.
(via Amy Anderson, @tonymorganlive) Amy nails the issues that many multi-sites (including ours) faces.
The decision-making process prior to going multisite is usually pretty clear. Most churches know who gets to make what decisions – you have a clear history of this. Typically, everything funnels up to the leader of a specific ministry area.
But once multisite enters the picture, churches enter “the Matrix.” Most leaders now have two bosses. They have their Campus leader, and they have the Central leader over their ministry area. For instance, a Children’s Pastor now reports to a Campus Pastor, but direction for the curriculum and how the ministry is executed comes from a Central Children’s Director. When there are questions or disagreements, who does the local Children’s Pastor truly answer to? The Campus Pastor or the Central Children’s Director?
(via @premiumfunny) I’ll almost guarantee this’ll offend someone.