By Dr. David W. Manner
- Even when my ministry position allows me to have the last word it doesn’t have to be mine.
- I can have a vision for future ministry without denigrating past ministry.
- If I hoard leadership to receive all the credit when something works, I will also receive all the credit when something doesn’t.
- Progress at the expense of relationships is not anymore virtuous when the goal is noble.
- Affirm staff and volunteers in public; evaluate them in private; and pastor them in both places.
- If you randomly blow ministries up, then you’ll never know where the pieces are going to land.
- My leadership is not threatened when someone else gets the credit.
- Those in ministry should take the Hippocratic Oath to “do no harm.”
- It is always a better outcome when I err on the side of grace.
- If I don’t take care of myself spiritually, emotionally and physically no one else will.
- Not all ministry staff problems originate in someone else’s office.
- People-generated is always healthier than leader dominated.
- I should always surround myself with a group of trusted leaders to protect me from my own stupidity.
- There are lots of other ministries but I only have one family.
- The end of learning new is the beginning of leading old.
- Bullying is not more honorable under the pretext of pastoral leadership.
- I could learn about life and ministry by drinking more coffee with senior adults.
- My attitude may be the only change necessary in our ministry organization.
- Ministry success is based more on the in-betweens than the big events.
- Leadership equilibrium is achieved by making deposits in younger leaders and withdrawals from older leaders.
Dr. David W. Manner serves as the Associate Executive Director for Kansas-Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists with responsibilities in the areas of Worship, Leadership and Administration. Before joining the convention staff in 2000, David served for twenty years in music/worship ministry with congregations in Kansas, Arkansas, Texas, and Oklahoma. He holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma Baptist University; a Master of Church Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; and a Doctor of Worship Studies from the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies.