Toxic LeadershipJune 04, 2015
I wrote the cover package for this week's issue of the Word&Way (a Baptist newspaper in the Midwest). The theme for the pieces is "Toxic Leadership."
The first article, Unhealthy Pastoral Leadership Poisons Churches, focuses on the problem of pastors and other church staffers who lead in toxic ways. The article includes comments from Bob Dale (a leadership coach who previously served as pastor and denominational official), Bill Wilson (founder of The Center for Healthy Churches), and Dan Southerland (Lead Teaching Pastor at Westside Family Church in Lenexa, Kan.).
The second article, Lay Leaders are Key to Church Health, focuses on the problem of lay leaders who guide a church in toxic ways like hurting pastors. The article includes comments from Bill Wilson (founder of The Center for Healthy Churches), and Bob Perry (Congregational Health Team Leader for Churchnet).
As the comments from the experts in the articles make clear, church health and leadership are important topics. I hope these articles help churches recognize and avoid unhealthy leadership.