A Leadership Model for the Suffering Church – Rick Sessoms

An alternate model of leadership that emphasizes that the Christian leader’s identity is fundamentally based in his/her relationship with Christ rather than in circumstances beyond his/her control. This model prioritizes a servant style not as a means to increased power or influence but as a distinguishing characteristic of biblical leadership.

Peeling Back the Onion:  In Search of Virtuous Leadership – Rick Sessoms

Virtuous leadership may be one of the most glaring oxymorons in the English language.  Nevertheless this article attempts to define virtuous leadership, provides images of leadership virtue, and recommends a starting point for developing virtuous leadership that can be pivotal in today’s workplace.

A Story of Ultimate Demotion – Rick Sessoms

In recent times, many have become familiar with the phrase upward mobility. The term has found its way around the world into everyday corporate cultures. But don’t think for a minute that upward mobility is a new concept. Interest in personal advancement dates back to the garden days of Adam and Eve.

Insights on Power, Character, and the Ministry – Colin Buckland

Character and integrity are the great safeguards and health-giving boundaries to the use of power and authority World history cries out with horrific stories when character and integrity are absent Millions have lost their lives over the centuries thanks to unscrupulous leaders Thank God for his church where peace reigns and where leaders demonstrate leadership integrity that should be the envy of the world Like a light in the darkness Christian leadership points the way to the correct use of power for the world.

Effective Communication Series

Part 1 – Are You an Engaging Speaker or “Mogadon Man”? – Mike Waddell

Maintaining the energy of our listeners by engaging and feeding their interest is a key to effective communication skill whether it’s one-to-one or one-to-many. Engaging our listeners interest is the only guarantee of their attention. As Christian leaders, seeking to practice servant leadership, this is a vital step to enabling our listeners to achieve their full potential. So, when it comes to communicating with people are you “Mogadon-man” or do your listeners stay with you?

Part 2 – Mistakes That Cause One-Sided Conversations – Rick Sessoms

Christ-centered leaders are committed to enabling others to achieve their full potential. And central to this focus is responsible speaking. It is vital for us to communicate ideas, objectives, and methods effectively to others. This article identifies several common mistakes in speaking that block the other’s ability to hear your message.

Part 3 – Six Ways to Help Others Hear You – Rick Sessoms

Responsible speaking is about conveying a message that your listener can hear and understand. Your listeners’ learning styles affect how they are able to receive, absorb and integrate information, whether you are making a formal presentation or having an informal face-to-face conversation. The same is true for all people. So if we can accommodate peoples’ learning styles when we speak, then our attempts to communicate are more likely to be successful.

Part 4 – Are You a Responsible Listener? – Rick Sessoms

The most powerful communication tool at your disposal is not speaking but listening. You’ll communicate well when you listen well. This article explores some basics of responsible listening.

Christ-centered Leadership Resources April 7, 2012