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What Makes a Great Campus Pastor?

August 4, 2015


Leadership Network Advance

August 4, 2015

In this issue…

What Makes a Great Campus Pastor?

How to Cast a Contagious Vision for Your Church–Pushpay

Join Reggie McNeal for a Webinar to Raise Your Collaborative Intelligence!

• 7 Deadly Assumptions #6–The Overconfidence Effect

Ministry LOL: When Was the Last Time You Had a Good Ministry Laugh?

What makes a great campus pastor?

What Makes a Great Campus Pastor?

by Jim Tomberlin

Ask any multisite church leader today what the most important component is in multisiting and the overwhelming answer is the campus pastor.

When I went to Willow Creek in the year 2000 to pioneer the multisite strategy I was the startup campus pastor for the first site, second site, third and fourth sites while leading the whole multisite effort. Why? No one wanted to leave the mothership for a role that had never been done for a strategy that had never been tried. Today Willow Creek gathers in seven locations across greater Chicago with much better campus pastors!

We have come a long way from the early days of the multisite movement when no one knew what a campus was, or if they did, wasn’t interested in being one. Once seen as just an emcee for a video service, the campus pastor role has become one of the most strategic and sought-after staff positions in the Church.

At the end of the day successful multisiting is not about sermon delivery (video vs in-person teaching), location, facility, technology or funding. All of these are important components in multisiting, but the critical success factor is the campus pastor. Why? Everything rises or falls on leadership. Did I mention that the campus pastor role is the most important factor in the success of a multisite campus?

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How can Leadership Network help you today?

Join Reggie McNeal for a Webinar to Raise Your Collaborative Intelligence!

This month we’re looking forward to helping churches around the nation to develop a stronger collaborative culture.

On August 25th at 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM CDT, join us to learn & grow together. Reggie McNeal will lead our webinar focusing on five ways to promote collaboration on your team. In addition to providing insights on collaborative practices, we’ll be pulling back the curtain to expose why you might not be as good at collaborating as you think.

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The Overconfidence Effect

7 Deadly Assumptions

#6 – The Overconfidence Effect

by Tim Nations

If you’ve ever watched American Idol, America’s Got Talent, or any of the other talent competition “reality” shows, you’ve probably taken some degree of pleasure from watching grossly unqualified contestants crash and burn during auditions (you can admit it, its okay). I’ve seen many of these, some of which were extremely painful to watch. Often the spectacle has left me thinking one (or more) of the following:

  • These people are just grasping at their “15 minutes of fame.”
  • The producers are just trying to “up” the entertainment value.
  • The performers really believe they’re much better than they are.

This overconfident effect isn’t limited to aspiring performers, it represents a deadly assumption that threatens to limit the thinking of individuals and teams across all domains and industries.

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Leadership Development

When Was the Last Time You Had a Good Ministry Laugh?

We all have funny ministry stories. Things so hilarious that you think, “you just can’t make this stuff up….”

Like that time you said something during a sermon that you (and your audience) couldn’t believe you just said? Or the time something happened in your ministry that you thought would be a great story during someone’s stand-up comedy routine?

We at Leadership Network LOVE those stories that make people laugh and give ministry some light-hearted moments. That’s why we are doing an online event September 22, 2015 called “Ministry LOL: Ministry Bloopers and Blunders” – featuring all the things that have cracked you up over the years. But we need your help….

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