I follow Perry Noble on Twitter – yesterday he alluded to a blog he had written on the 19 Signs That A Leadership Team Has Lost It’s Mind. You can find Perry’s blogs and info at perrynoble.com
I thought it was pretty awesome – thus the reprint on my blog. Tell me what you think!
#1 – The team spends more time seeking to imitate what is happening in other churches rather than begging God for HIS plan for their church. (Laziness!)
#2 – The leaders spend more time on the web to see what’s working instead of in the Word to see what God is saying.
#3 – Staff meetings become more focused on all of the “wrong” things other churches/leaders are doing (insecurity) instead of focusing on the problems that exist right under their nose.
#4 – The focus of the leadership meeting is not to lead and inspire and problem solve…but rather to just “make it” through the meeting.
#5 – The term “loyalty” is defined as, “we agree with the leader, no matter what.” Therefore dysfunction sets in as people are manipulated by fear and uncertainty…and they allow the “emperor to have no clothes” and pretend that everything is ok. (An environment of honesty MUST exist for a team to thrive!)
#6 – The focus of the agenda is to be reactive to what a few people may be upset with (usually big givers) rather than proactive about what Jesus said we should be obsessed with…advancing HIS Gospel.
#7 – The team is not willing to embrace taking risks because doing so could mean person loss for each member on the team.
#8 – Discussion seldom happens…lecture often does.
#9 – Decisions are made out of convenience rather than conviction.
#10 – The agenda of “Our Church Is Great” replaces the Biblical agenda of, “Our GOD IS GREAT!”
#11 – The people at the leadership table assume they are the smartest people in the organization; therefore, all other people should be ignored. (You REALLY need to listen to Andy Stanley’s leadership podcast from last month about this…AMAZING!)
#12 – The team is more focused on what random critics are saying than on what God is saying. (God does speak…but if He needs to direct your church it probably will not be through some bitter blogger or twitter person who has never been to your church, hates everyone and spends more time on the web bashing than in the Word learning!)
#13 – People are more concerned about protecting feelings than guarding the vision.
#14 – A leader will quickly sacrifice a team member instead of taking responsibility for a decision.
#15 – The people at the table actually believe the church would be in worse shape if they were not there.
#16 – A person disengages from the conversation if it’s not about their specific area.
#17 – When the people at the table get more satisfaction from being a leader than they do in simply following Jesus.
#18 – When the leaders never have a sleepless night over big decisions.
#19 – When the focus of the meeting is to impress other churches rather than minister to the people God gives them each and every week.