The College for Bishops Leadership Institute was established to provide educational resources for new bishops as well as trending information resources for all bishops. Organizational Leadership focuses on specific resources related to essential leadership skills:
New items of interest are added on a monthly basis. To comment or offer suggestions for additional content, please use the feedback form at the bottom of this page.
TED Talks are watched 1.2 billion times a year! While TED Talks are not sermons, they are public addresses; and their staggering popularity reveals that the public still hungers for people to speak passionately about an idea. Since we have been called by God to communicate the most transforming message in history, we must continually work at honing our craft. I can’t think of a better way to do that than to learn why TED Talks are so insanely popular.
Preaching is a radical event. Effective preaching moves beyond connection for connection’s sake, presses on through the confrontation of defense mechanisms, and insistently calls the listeners to respond to the Word. One tool that can be especially helpful in this is humor.
Google “being a pastor is hard” and you’ll get over 26 million hits on articles that discuss the secret pains of pastors. The idea that pastors have it harder than other professions has seeped into the fabric of the church until no one questions it anymore. But do we really? In this article from Lewis Center for Church Leadership, Jayson Bradley reminds us that job frustrations and challenges are not unique to the ministry.
Bulletin do’s & don’ts
Weekly print bulletins remain a stable in most church communities but are often not effective in relaying necessary information. Courageous Storytellers, offering both free and member resources for church communicators, suggests these guidelines for what to do and what not to do in church bulletins. Or, go a step further and consider these ideas, also from Courageous Storytellers, for moving away from print to an online bulletin.
There is no one right way to evaluate the performance of a senior minister. However, there are many ways to do it that can harm the relationship between minister and the congregation and impair, rather than enhance, the minister’s performance. The annual evaluation of the senior minister is an important annual task, yet congregations struggle to do it well. Here are five of the main pitfalls.
What’s your congregation’s approach to church communication? Is it primarily a way to provide information to members, a way to keep people informed about what’s going on? Or, is communications viewed as evangelism? A way to build and nurture relationships and community, a way to touch people emotionally, connecting with their heart and soul? Nancy Cox Davidge opens Episcopal Church Foundation Vital Practices’ July issue focus on Creative Communications with this informative article.
Access to all of those communication channels makes writing church announcements an even more vital function than ever before—regardless of the size or worship style of the church. Copywriting for church communication is the essential backbone that ties all the communication platforms cohesively together. To help leverage these opportunities, here are four tips to writing better church announcements from Courageous Storytellers: Member Resources for Church Communicators.
This weekend, all across the country, leaders are going to get up in front of their churches and talk about upcoming events and opportunities to connect with the community. They want to move people to action, but in reality a large portion of those in the room will simply tune out. We blame the people for not engaging in the mission, but we need to understand why people stop listening and then shift our behavior to help them connect with those we seek to serve. Here are eight reasons people aren’t listening to announcements.