Skills for Congregational Leadership
Leadership skills are applied competencies that can be developed through a combination of study and practice. These can be learned through reading, workshops, classes, webinars, cross-congregational connections and "on the job."
Below, you'll find links to resource pages of curated tips and tools as well as other useful materials.
Your Congregational Life Regional Staff also provides training and consultation.
The keys to successful leadership development are a culture of shared ministry, service and one-on-one relationship building and mentoring. Leadership Development Teams can find new ideas and best practices.
Congregational Management involves making sure that meetings are run well, good records are kept, yearly goals are set and the policies and procedures are being followed.
Conflict can be normal and healthy, leading to positive change and growth. Conflict can also be dyfunctional and destructive. Learn the difference between good, bad and ugly conflict.
Healthy and clear communication is one of the most important skills for leaders. Healthy communication is learning to "talk to each other" rather than "about each other." Clear communication about mission and goals helps the congregation be in alignment and moving in the same direction.
Our congregations need a strong financial foundation to support their ministries. Good practices provide transparency and safeguard assets. Vibrant stewardship, fundraising and planned giving programs help the congregation's cashflow.
In order to keep up with a changing world, we know that we must continually breathe new life into our congregations. Leaders need to be savvy about congregational dynamics in order to lead any significant change initiative.