Leadership & Church Size Dynamics | The Resurgence. What do you think?One of the most common reasons for pastoral leadership mistakes is blindness to the significance of church size. Size has an enormous impact on how a church functions. There is a â€œsize cultureâ€ that profoundly affects how decisions are made, how relationships flow, how effectiveness is evaluated, and what ministers, staff, and lay leaders do. We tend to think of the chief differences between churches mainly in denominational or theological terms, but that underestimates the impact of size on how a church operates. The difference between how churches of 100 and 1,000 function may be much greater than the difference between a Presbyterian and a Baptist church of the same size. The staff person who goes from a church of 400 to a church of 2,000 is in many ways making a far greater change than if he or she moved from one denomination to another. A large church is not simply a bigger version of a small church. The difference in communication, community formation, and decision-making processes are so great that the leadership skills required in each are of almost completely different orders. via
SOURCE Folks… this HAS TO STOP. How? I don’t know. 1. If this pastor did this, we HAVE to find ways to stop it. There is NO WAY that the allegations levied in this article can be true without huge warning signs and red flags SOMEWHERE along the way. Is there? 2. If this is a total fabrication from the couple, how do we defend ourselves from this type of thing? Video surveillance of counseling sessions? How do you prove things in a he said, she said situation? If you’re innocent, you could be an hour away from a news story like this breaking about YOU. If you’re guilty of this kind of conduct, you have no right being a pastor. Either way, you’re vulnerable. How do you protect yourself from: 1. Falling into a sin like this; or 2. a False accusation that could ruin your reputation, family, and ministry? Have you thought about this? What are your thoughts? ToddA new lawsuit by a woman and her husband claims a pastor of a large church “purposefully introduced her into his life of depraved pornography, adultery, scheming, lies and the abandonment of her marriage and family with the intent that it would lead to the destruction of her marriage and family, which he knew would be going against everything she ever believed in or truly desired.” The couple is seeking $6.6 million for breach of fiduciary duty, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and other claims.
More here… Other interesting facts: The renovations: An 1,800-seat auditorium, classrooms, a nursery and children’s area, a cafe and small bookstore, a lounge area, and meeting places. Also 275 new trees, 13,000 new shrubs and bushes, and an outdoor play area The plan: The church plans to lease out most of a six-story building also on the property, possibly for stores, offices or a restaurant.Gene Appel proves there IS life after Willow Creek. According to the Orange County Register: A sprawling building once devoted to the science of flight was rededicated Sunday with another reach-toward-the-sky purpose: as one of the largest churches in north Orange County. Eastside Christian Church paid $20 million for the former Boeing site and an additional $35 million to replace the office cubicles and test floors with concert lighting, a thundering sound system and 1,800 seats. The building reopened with a prayer – “Do mighty works in this room.” – and a pastor’s promise. “Friends, there will only ever be one sign on the door at this church,” senior pastor Gene Appel told the congregation on Sunday, with almost every one of those seats filled. “It’s this,” he said as he held up a welcome mat. And then he announced another expansion. The church plans to launch a Spanish-language ministry in the spring, led by Mexican rock musician-turned-preacher Hector Hermosillo. Eastside has seen explosive growth in the past few years that helped push it from its longtime home in Fullerton. Around 3,500 people now attend its services on an average weekend. Many credit Appel, who arrived at Eastside in 2008 with a kicked-back style (he preaches in jeans and an untucked shirt) and lessons drawn from his own life. He told the congregation on Sunday that the church is there for the “Hurricane Sandys that come along in our lives.” And he joked that the screen behind him – 20 feet tall and 38 feet wide – “has Super Bowl party written all over it.” The church bought 20 acres of old Boeing property in northeast Anaheim, near Anaheim Lake, mostly with donations from the congregation and the sale of its old Fullerton church.
Church was 3,000; Now is 200. Down to 1 Pastor. Selling its 60,000 square foot facility $1.2 Billion Pastor Housing Allowance is headed to court Large Church Senior Pastor Survey Says: Your Pay Went up 2%All three of these are news that you need to know about this week: Links (but the video’s much more fun to watch!)