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Friday Finds - Jesus Online & Toxic Work Environments

I was in Washington state this week working with a tremendous church in Richland, Washington. I needed to get to Seattle for a meeting and a flight home, so drove four hours over the Cascade mountains. The route took me to within 10 minutes of the place that Faith and I drove to on the afternoon following our wedding 26-years ago. It's just as beautiful now as I remember it then. I snapped the picture above with my phone on Tuesday during my stop.

Here are a few articles we've gathered to help you lead smarter this week. Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. 

How Would Jesus Respond Online? by Michael Kelley via Desiring God

We live in a culture that responds. Whether triumph or failure, peace or conflict, there is a constant need to share our personal input on the matter to those who will listen. However, Michael Kelley argues that Jesus did things a little bit differently, and we can all learn from his example. 

What Makes a Great Campus Pastor a Great Campus Pastor? via Paul Alexander Blog

When churches transition to a multisite model, many focus more on the logistics of the new location than the people leading it. What they don't realize is, finding the right Campus Pastor is essential for the long-term success of multisite ministry. Paul Alexander gives seven qualities churches should be looking for in their next Campus Pastor. 

Seven Reasons to Consider Not Requiring Office Hours for Ministerial Staff via Thom S. Rainer

In this article by Sam Rainer, it is argued that there is no one-size-fits-all model for the modern-day pastor's schedule. I'd argue that some of the best work takes place outside of the office, especially if you are a church leader. 

21 Signs Your Church Staff Has Toxic Team Culture by Nicole Cochran via Vanderbloemen Search Group

There is a healthy amount of conflict to be expected on any church staff team. This being said, it is vital for church leaders to be aware of a potential toxic culture. My colleague Nicole Cochran gives 21 warning signs to help you spot this toxic culture before it gets out of hand. 

What articles have you read this week that have inspired you to be a better leader? Share them with me in the comments below.