Tag: Church Leadership

How to Respond When You’re Forced Out of a Church

How to Respond When You’re Forced Out of a Church

Thom Rainier’s (@ThomRainer) #podcast addresses a very painful reality that some #pastors and staff go through in the local church.  No one wants this as part of their #resumé, but being forced out of a church happens. Thom gives great advice on how to navigate the waters when leaving a local church was not your idea.  Listen to How to Respond When You’re Forced Out of a Church whether you’ve walked through a similar season or not.  It will be of help to you and to other staff to whom you minister.

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Church Leaders Campfire Restored!

Church Leaders Campfire Restored!

We are back up and running after several months of website challenges and trials.

We apologize for any malware you may have received as a result of some WordPress plugin problems we’ve been having, but the problem has been identified and eliminated. We can honestly say, “Church Leaders Campfire Restored!”

We do not anticipate any problems in the future, but always say things like that with the honest caveat of

May you enjoy favor in God’s eyes tonight and for the rest of this week.

Thank you,

Neil Schultz

Pastoral Posture and Finding Your Voice

Pastoral Posture and Finding Your Voice

With such a curious title as “Pastoral Posture and Finding Your Voice,” you might ask yourself if I’m discussing a chiropractic lesson or a music performance lessons (hey, I WAS a vocal performance in opera major my first year in college!)

No, I don’t have a key insight into your back’s posture and why you might slouch while preaching a sermon. I COULD give voice lessons, but that’s not the focus of this blog. In fact, what HAS been the focus of this blog? If you’ve been following Church Leaders Campfire for about a year or more, you might find a smorgasbord of content here in the blog. That’s about to change.

I’ve been attending Michael Hyatt’s “Influence and Impact Summit” online and it HAS influenced me! Listening to @LysaTerKeurst, the President of Proverbs 31 Ministries, who shared about how my audience receives my message best. This is what I’m calling “Pastoral Posture and Finding Your Voice.” 

Basically, there are three voices a communicator can use toward their audience: 
1. “I’m the Expert” – This is the voice that says “You Should…” which is basically a lecture on what to do.
2. “I’m the Front Door” – This is the voice that says “You Could…” this is when I share what I’ve done (usually past-tense) but I’m not really sharing my current experiences (or failures for that matter).
3. “Out in the Field” – This is the voice that says “I May Be Two Steps Ahead of You, But I’m WITH YOU!” This is where you’re putting your arms around your tribe, congregation or family, and make friends with them.

Which one do you use in your family? Which voice do you use with the church you serve? What voice do you use when helping others?

Me? I sense the Lord’s leading to change the tone of Church Leaders Campfire. I’m switching the pastoral posture from an “I’m the Expert” to “Out in the Field” because I’m a multi-vocational minister who seeks to leverage the power of the internet to build friendships and network alongside with other Godly men and women for the sake of His message through me. I’ve found my voice, which is “I may be two steps ahead of you, but I’m WITH YOU!” because I’m a ministry practitioner and fellow traveler in God’s kingdom. 

Will you join me? More clarity and re-branding to come…

Question: What’s your pastoral posture and voice?

What Happened to Neil Schultz?

What Happened to Neil Schultz?

Hi. Remember me? Neil Schultz? Yes, it’s been months. There’s a story to tell here. I deeply missed you all. I missed the interactions over the phone, over Skype, over LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and email. I miss you. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with you all.

Three months ago, my family and I left the church where I served as Senior Pastor. It was not pretty. In fact, it was the result of a brutal four hour long business meeting which my wife and I were uninvited from. No defense. No voice. No opportunity to lead, love or even explain. No, there were no moral (or biblical) grounds for such treatment. No immoral internet accounts or inappropriate relationships. My preaching was solid. Relationally we tried as best we could to connect. Ultimately, it was not a good fit. Rather than get revenge or retaliate, I’ve discovered it best to take the moral high ground, forgive, and move forward with a limp as best we can. They have no idea of the damage done as a result of how hard their heated, aggressive, emotionally charged vote made our life this Summer.

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3 Effective Church Planting Tips

3 Effective Church Planting Tips

Want Effective Church Planting?

When I think of effective church planting, I don’t always see myself as having been the poster child. However, through tenacity, attitude and perseverance, I learned three transferable character qualities to share with you. Unfortunately I didn’t read the amazing work of Dr. Aubrey Malphurs called “The Nuts and Bolts of Church Planting” BEFORE I went into church planting. If you want to plant a church these days, you’ve got to have these three qualities in large quantities!

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How Do Pastors Make Decisions?

How Do Pastors Make Decisions?

How Do Pastors Make Decisions?

If you’ve ever wondered how do pastors make decisions and how did they arrive at the conclusions they did, there’s an important article for you to read. This article is from Pastor John MacArthur, who outlines the basic premises necessary for any Christian to make God-honoring decisions. You can find it here. After you’ve read that excellent article, come back here and put your church leadership lenses on. Then join this campfire to read on.

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Defining Leadership Activity

Defining Leadership Activity

Defining Leadership Activity

So… what do YOU do? It’s a fair question most people end up asking each other in social settings. When we are in church settings however, that question can often times become more difficult to answer. How do we measure or quantify what we do? Especially when planning out a new church plant or business, or even starting a family, defining leadership activity becomes a core essential in establishing your leadership. So, church leader, what do you do? As soon as possible, define what you DO and what you DON’T DO. 

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