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Do you frustrate your team? Perhaps your the pastor of a large church, or supervise a large team.  Do your team members find you frustrating? Or maybe your the pastor of a smaller church.  How does your board find working with you?  Is the relationship frustrating to them? My friend Brian Dodd recently posted a list of the 10 characteristics of leaders who frustrate the heck out of people.  See if you fit any of the characteristics:
  1. The Most Frustrating Leaders Are Not Available
  2. The Most Frustrating Leaders Do Not Put In The Proper Amount Of Effort
  3. The Most Frustrating Leaders Have A Lack Of Production In Critical Moments
  4. The Most Frustrating Leaders Constantly Make Poor Decisions
  5. The Most Frustrating Leaders Create Too Much Drama
  6. The Most Frustrating Leaders Lack Self-Awareness
  7. The Most Frustrating Leaders Are Selfish
  8. The Most Frustrating Leaders Lack Personal Discipline
  9. The Most Frustrating Leaders Are High Maintenance
  10. The Most Frustrating Leaders Constantly Make Excuses
So… how did you do? To tell you the truth.  I wouldn’t expect you to be able to answer that question.  (We all have a little problem with #6). So… if you have the courage… show this list to someone on your team today… someone you trust (and someone that you won’t retaliate on!) Ask them how you’re doing. Ask them, point blank, how frustrating it is to work with you. If you’re a good leader, you’ll appreciate the input and transparency from your team. If you’re not a good leader, you, in fact will find THIS exercise to be very frustrating. (How ironic) I encourage you to read this. Thoughts? Todd

Whew! Easter is over. For many dynamic churches, this meant extra services and quite possibly the highest attendance of the year. And now that it’s Monday morning, you’re probably exhausted. But you can’t stop now. You see, it’s pretty easy to get people to come to church on Sunday.  But I think your main goal is getting them to return the week after Easter. Many of the crowd you saw yesterday won’t be back. Ever.  And some won’t be back until Christmas. And most of us didn’t accept Christ the first time we heard the gospel. Which makes the week AFTER Easter vitally important and a great opportunity. If your visitors yesterday had a good experience, now is the time to invite them back and invite them to start a new journey. Yet few churches capitalize on this opportunity. Hopefully you gathered good information on your visitors yesterday.  Today you might want to: 1.  Plan your services with something in mind for your new folks that return. 2.  Send a nice letter (or better yet, a hand-written note) from the pastor to those who attended yesterday and encourage them to come back. 3. Offer something new for new people. (People always feel out of place when visiting a church… make them feel like they won’t be alone). 4. It’s kind of late to the game, but if you did marketing for Easter, follow up with some advertising for the week after Easter. Here’s a good article from Rick Warren on post-Easter follow-up and strategy I think you’ll find helpful. Today’s question:  How well have you planned for the week AFTER Easter? (Or is it just another Sunday?) Todd