guest post #3–a baseball leadership model

A few weeks ago I opened up the blog to guest posts because I knew there were people out there with insights I wasn’t smart enough to think of myself.

Then people began emailing me with ideas and I thought, “Publishing this will confirm that I was not smart enough to think of this myself.”

But in the spirit of humbly taking one for the team I bring you this latest guest post, which also talks about teamwork. Matt Johnson, the author, knows whereof he speaks; he’s the senior minister at Levittown (PA) Christian Church near Philadelphia.

What do you think—are there weaknesses in our church leadership structures? What’s mandatory …


In his book Good to Great, author Jim Collins talks about a company’s “stop doing” list–the (sometimes good) things a business should cut out to allow more time for the great, missional things.

I like this approach better than the traditional “start doing” focus of New Year’s resolutions. Removing unhealthy or ineffective things can add so much to our quality of life. So here’s my stop doing list for 2008. What’s on yours?

In 2008 I need to stop……–Slouching–Arriving 5-15 minutes late for everything–Looking at my multivitamins and refusing to take them for no reason other than laziness–Multi-tasking (it doesn’t work, you just do two things half as well)–Leaving things in …


This morning I spent some time talking to a staff member from Higher Ministries, a non-profit organization that reaches out to pastors and churches in crisis. During our conversation, Tony made an interesting observation: “Guys leave Bible college or seminary full of knowledge in theology but without adequate training in leadership and conflict management skills.”

I am continually astounded at the number of leaders I know who are unable to have the difficult conversation or who, like Michael Scott in The Office, equate leadership with being everyone’s friend. It causes so many problems and solves so few.

Henry Cloud talks about this in his book Integrity: The Courage to …


A breakout church

David Clark is the kind of guy who, when he read Thom Rainer’s book Breakout Churches, immediately wanted to learn how he could become more like the “Acts 6/7 leaders” the book describes. This, of course, is why the book already identifies him as one of these rare leaders, characterized by confident humility, acceptance of responsibility, and an outwardly-focused vision.

The Acts 6/7 leader is the church version of what Good to Great calls a Level 5 leader, and Rainer openly acknowledges that he and his team based their research and methodology on GTG. In addition to listing this high-level leader as a component of the breakout church, the …