Here are the top ten most popular posts from the Christian Leadership Reflections blog in two lists – one for 2020 and one for all-time. Interestingly, five of 2020’s top ten most popular posts are also on the list of all-time most popular posts.

Enjoy!

2020 Top Ten Posts

#1 How to do a risk assessment: A case study

2020 Views: 2,844

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Risk assessment isn’t complicated. I share my experience of creating a risk assessment for the organization I lead so you can see how easy it is to do.

#2 The Creation Mandate: Our responsibility and our bridge

2020 Views: 2,132

modern building with trees inside
Photo by Serhat Beyazkaya on Unsplash.com

All well-intentioned people have the same objective: to build a good world that will sustain and support a thriving humanity. This shared goal gives Christians a great way to build bridges into all other communities, which can lead to greater understanding. In today’s polarized society, we must make the most of this opportunity.

#3 Developing Values, Mission & Vision for Christian ministries

2020 Views: 2,010

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Here’s a process for developing strategic statements for Christian ministries, including call, vision, values and mission.

#4 The unique challenges of church boards

2020 Views: 1,327

windy street on a steep hill
Photo by Brandon Nelson on Unsplash

Why are church boards so susceptible to problems? If we can understand the unique challenges inherent in church boards, we should be able to address the problems.

#5 Christian Ministries: A pandemic update

2020 Views: 1,170

Survey question
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CCCC surveyed its members in September 2020 asking how they were doing so we could see how best to help them. In replying, our members shared a lot of great wisdom that other ministries could benefit from.

#6 The Unapologetic Apology: Saying “I’m sorry” well 

2020 Views: 1,026

CTRL + Z "I'm sorry" card

I find it annoying when someone says, “I’m sorry if I offended anyone.” That’s no apology! They’re only sorry that someone took offense! In other words, the person who took offense has the problem, not the one who caused the offense. If no one was offended, the offender wouldn’t feel the need to apologize at all.

#7 Church Donations: Quick & easy offering plate alternatives

2020 Views: 1,016

Knox United Church, Dorset ON
Knox United Church, Dorset ON. This was my ‘summer church’ for many years.

Here is a guide from CCCC for churches that so far have relied only on the offering plate for donations. A quick and easy guide to e-giving and other alternatives.

#8 Hope for the Church: Christmas & God the Father

2020 Views: 922

Photo by Gareth Harper on Unsplash

Jesus’ birth meant nothing to society at the time because they didn’t know about it. But God had already set in motion a plan that would change everything. 

#9 Pluralism’s challenges and opportunities

2020 Views: 851

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In theory, pluralism offers peace and opportunity for all, while in the contemporary Canadian experience it also offers conflict and challenge to religious people. Christians need to respond to both the challenge and the opportunity.

#10 Dreams and Discernment

2020 Views: 828

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Many thanks to Greg Boreham for permission to use his photo.

It is important that you consider the possibility that God might use a dream to say something significant to you. Here’s how to decide if God is using a dream, and if so, how to interpret it.

All-Time Top Ten Posts

#1 Developing Values, Mission & Vision for Christian ministries

Lifetime Views: 20,043

Random black arrows with one red arrow
Used with permission.

Here’s a process for developing strategic statements for Christian ministries, including call, vision, values and mission.

#2 The unique challenges of church boards

Lifetime Views: 11,549

windy street on a steep hill
Photo by Brandon Nelson on Unsplash

Why are church boards so susceptible to problems? If we can understand the unique challenges inherent in church boards, we should be able to address the problems.

#3 The Unapologetic Apology: Saying “I’m sorry” well 

Lifetime Views: 8,231

CTRL + Z "I'm sorry" card

I find it annoying when someone says, “I’m sorry if I offended anyone.” That’s no apology! They’re only sorry that someone took offense! In other words, the person who took offense has the problem, not the one who caused the offense. If no one was offended, the offender wouldn’t feel the need to apologize at all.

#4 How to do a risk assessment: A case study

Lifetime Views: 7,414

Used with permission.

Risk assessment isn’t complicated. I share my experience of creating a risk assessment for the organization I lead so you can see how easy it is to do.

#5 From Worldly Wisdom to Godly Wisdom

Lifetime Views: 4,672

Open bible
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The Bible says a lot that applies to leadership, but so does human wisdom. Here’s how to know when secular leadership practices are acceptable in ministry.

#6 Design your own spiritual retreat

Lifetime Views: 4,074

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Christian leaders need vibrant, healthy spiritual lives to follow God and lead his people. Here’s a way ministry leaders can conduct a balanced, 5-day retreat.

#7 Converting Mission & Vision into an End Statement

Lifetime Views: 3,773

Machinery parts
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A case study to show how to convert mission and vision statements into a policy governance end statement for Christian ministries.

#8 Why you need an Executive Assistant

Lifetime Views: 3,688

Man holding sign advertising for an EA
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If you are a senior leader and you don’t have an assistant, there comes a point where you should. Once this point is crossed, it is a false economy to do without.

#9 The Creation Mandate: Our responsibility and our bridge

Lifetime Views: 3,043

modern building with trees inside
Photo by Serhat Beyazkaya on Unsplash.com

All well-intentioned people have the same objective: to build a good world that will sustain and support a thriving humanity. This shared goal gives Christians a great way to build bridges into all other communities, which can lead to greater understanding. In today’s polarized society, we must make the most of this opportunity.

#10 Program Evaluation 3 – Literature Review

Lifetime Views: 2,703

Photo by freestocks on Unsplashplash

A well-done literature review will identify issues to research and generate new knowledge and insights that should lead to a cutting-edge program. Here’s how to do one well.

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