indirect influence

Painting of Peter Preaching

Indirect Leadership in the Early Church

Talking about indirect leadership often raises questions about the structure of the early church. Doesn’t the New Testament establish leaders to govern the church? Didn’t Paul appoint elders in the churches (Acts 14:23)? Didn’t he use the word “overseers” to describe these leaders (a word that has to do with directing people)? Yes. The New Testament establishes a pattern of leadership for the church. “He gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and…

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Reflections on Leading From Behind

This week I was at a wedding rehearsal and ran into one of my former students. It was so good to see him and his wife again. A talented young couple, I always thought they offered amazing potential for the future of any church for which they would end up working. In fact, I helped him land a position as Worship Pastor at a large church. For those of you who are not familiar with…

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7 Ways to Influence Indirectly

You want to make a positive change. You attack the problem head-on, thinking you will solve it quickly but things get worse. You try harder but, instead of making progress, people get more resistant, the situation more tense, and the change more distant. So, you decide to give it everything you’ve got by confronting the resistance and forcing radical changes. The situation explodes in your face. Bad feelings, people taking sides, and the original goal…

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Green Leaf

The Art of Indirect Influence

Have you ever noticed that there seems to be no straight cause-and-effect relationship between what you do as a leader and the response you get out of those whom you are trying to influence? Well.. It’s true. There are just too many other factors in the mix than can mess up that direct line of influence. So, what can you do? Maybe the answer to that question lies in the concept of indirect influence. The…

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  • John 8:12 December 4, 2020
    “[Dispute Over Jesus’ Testimony] When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.””
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