Difference between Managers vs. Leaders

I really enjoy reading and have some great admiration for the work and writings of Warren Bennis. In one of his books, “On Becoming a Leader” he describes his view of the differences between managers and leaders as follows: The manager administers; the leader innovates. The manager is a copy; …

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Are you hired for your children’s ministry to be a Leader or Manager

More and more senior pastors and boards tend to be on the look out for Leaders for their churches children’s ministries but they tend to keep hiring Managers of children’s ministries instead. I think to many the lines between managing and leading are becoming blurred. If you are responsible for …

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Are you a leader or manager

According to leadership expert Warren Bennis: The manager administers and the leader innovates. The manager maintains, the leader develops. The manager accepts the status quo; the leader is always questioning and challenging. The manager focuses on systems and structure; the leader focuses on people. The manager relies on control; the …

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MBWA – Management By Walking Around

Most leaders would agree that staying in touch with their volunteer base is important. This leader-volunteer connection typically takes on the structured forms of town hall meetings, video broadcasts and planning sessions. But there are informal ways to stay in touch as well, often called “Management By Walking Around” (MBWA), …

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Children’s Pastors Are Middle-Managers

Children’s pastors are middle managers. They perform this function as a buffer between senior management, that is, the senior pastoral leadership, and the paid and volunteer children’s ministry staff members. It is a fine balance we live in as managers of one of the support ministries in the church. We …

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