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In the book First, Break all the Rules, by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman, they list 12 core questions the Gallup organization discovered that when asked, give organizations the information they need to attract, focus on, and keep the most talented employees. I’ve included them here as a helpful set of questions about effective leadership pastors should ask themselves and ask about those who serve on their staff.

12 core questions about effective leadership

  1. Do I know what is expected of me at work?
  2. Do I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right?
  3. At work, do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day?
  4. In the last seven days, have I received recognition or praise for doing good work?
  5. Does my supervisor, or someone at work, seem to care about me as a person?
  6. Is there someone at work who encourages my development?
  7. At work, do my opinions count?
  8. Does the mission/purpose of my church make me feel my job is important?
  9. Are my co-workers committed to doing quality work?
  10. Do I have a best friend at work?
  11. In the last six months, has someone at work talked to me about my progress?
  12. This last year, have I had opportunities at work to learn and grow?

Questions have a way of making us think deeply.

What questions would you add to this list?

Dr. Charles Stone is Lead Pastor at West Park Church in London, Ontario, Canada, and the founder of StoneWell Ministries, a pastor coaching and church consulting ministry. He is the author of four books including, "People Pleasing Pastors: Avoiding the Pitfalls of Approval Motivated Leadership" (IVP 2014), and his most recent book, “Brain-Savvy Leaders: The Science of Significant Ministry” (Abingdon, May 2015).

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Ken Mckinley

commented on May 7, 2016

This "article" seems to be just filler. Where do we go after answering these questions and thinking deeply about them? In the past month I have counseled with two of my peers (pastors), both of whom have more than 15 years in ministry. Both feel that the culture and the culture of the Church has moved out from under them. They feel ineffective, ill equipped, and basically like they're trapped in a hamster wheel. Both of them feel like they should leave the ministry, but feel trapped in the fact that companies, corporations, businesses, etc. feel that pastoral skills are not transferable. So what do we do to help these two men who both love God, love their neighbors like themselves, love Christ's Church, know and love Scripture, but who would answer these 12 questions in a way that most would claim means they are poor or ineffective leaders?

Danny Edwards

commented on May 7, 2016

I agree with Ken, great questions, but no answers. No sure how this article was helpful or if I missed the purpose of this article.

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