WHO’S KILLING YOUR CHURCH?
One of the greatest weaknesses of a high Dominant personality pastor is low or no self-awareness—so you don’t know that you don’t know! Because you’re a pastor, most people don’t speak up and tell you your weaknesses—even when those around you can see them clearly. Your spouse, your best friends, and other elders can withhold needed input because of your position. This can lead to significant problems for your church. Are you a dominant? If you’re an elder, staff, or congregation, do you know how to help High Dominants? Keep reading…
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Dominants are usually the ones that start churches, businesses, and other organizations, so they are over-represented as leaders in churches. When in-control, Dominants are courageous, quick to respond, goal oriented, results oriented, deliberate, self-confident, direct, self-reliant, straightforward, competitive, protectors of the flock, etc. The church needs you to lead the way!
But out-of-control, Dominants can tend toward being domineering, insensitive, demanding, impulsive, even cruel, rash with decisions, manipulative, non-apologetic, controversial, arrogant, hot-tempered, sarcastic, self-confident, unemotional, cold, harsh, prideful, know-it-all, impatient, self-sufficient, contentious, risk-taker, coercive, etc. And you don’t need to be extreme at all of these traits—any one of them alone can disqualify you as an elder. Can you risk not knowing and not dealing with a problem that could be hurting your congregation, family, or staff? Now knowing that a lack or self-awareness is one of your potential greatest weaknesses, can you create a methodology to bring test, measure, and correct?
How do you find out how strong your dominance is, if it’s in-control, and how to lead your team correctly? How do you deal with it if you are domineering and don’t realize it? Or worse, you know it but you’re not willing to change? You keep insisting “that’s just the way I am?” How do you protect your elders, staff, and congregation from this significant blind spot?
Specific chapters for pastors, staff, elders, and the congregation for helping a Dominant pastor identity this problem and use biblical methodologies, correct leadership procedures, and a greater understanding of personality to conquer it!
About the Author
Royce is an international speaker, executive coach and trainer with the John Maxwell Team (in 2014, John was voted most influential leadership expert in the world by Business Insider, Inc. Magazine, and the American Management Association). Royce is also a human behavior specialist and as Founder and CEO of The Caris Group, works with leadership in churches, businesses, and NGOs to help them intentionally grow by learning and applying correct leadership principles and by understanding personality. He has also been a worship leader for over 30 years and has been involved in leadership and lay leadership at several churches during his 40 years of church experience.
1. Introduction: Why?
2. Personality—Who Are We?
3. Pastors—Know Your Own Personality and Make a Paradigm Shift
4. Elders—How to Work with Your Pastor and Lead Him Successfully
5. Staff—How to Lead Your Leaders!
6. Congregation—How to Work with Your Dominant Pastor to Help Him Love
7. Conclusion & Call to Action
Appendix One: Resources
Appendix Two: Suggested Reading
Appendix Three: Reference Endnotes
216 pages. © June 2019. Available in paperback for pre-order now (after July 1, 2019 will be available in hardbound, Audible, Kindle, and iBook).
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