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A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
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I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Monday, June 01, 2015

Seven People the Church Cannot Afford to Keep

from Carey Nieuwhof:
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In leadership, you always face your share of critics.

Everyone has an opinion, and if you're like me, you can get focused on keeping people happy, which is always a critical leadership mistake. Your church or your organization isn't for everyone.

So who can you not afford to keep if you want your mission to move forward?


1. You can't afford to keep perpetual critics.

2. You can't afford to keep people who are opposed to everything.

3. You can't afford to keep people who drain the energy and health out of a church or organization.

4. You can't afford to keep people who contribute nothing and criticize everything.

5. You can't afford to keep people who have no vision of what the future should be, only a vision for what the future shouldn’t be.

6. You can't afford to keep people who put their own preferences ahead of your organization’s principles.

7. You can't afford to keep people who always resist change.

Your mission is just too important.
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The entire post can be read here.

1 comment:

Mitchell said...

Are there perhaps corollaries to #5 and #7. Can you afford to keep people who have a vision of the future, but that future is the wrong future? Can you afford to keep people who want to change, but in the wrong way? That is, can you afford to keep people who want to hijack the organization for their own purposes, to move the organization in a direction inconsistent with the organizationa's essential identity and mission? Perhaps that's covered by #6.