Church Leadership Training Resources (Paid & Free)
Free Church Leadership Training
I have divided the resources into three categories: blogs, podcasts, and assessments. Some of us learn better by reading, others by listening. The personal assessments can be game changers for your self-awareness and team leadership. The team I lead uses CliftonStrengths and Enneagram on an almost-daily basis. These two assessments in particular have helped me not only know myself better for personal leadership, but have helped me better know those whom I lead and work with. I strongly recommend the assessments.
Church Leadership Blogs
I started blogging in 2009 and have been blogging off-and-on for the past 10 years. I had no idea how blogging would change my life through networking, friendships, and personal growth.
Today, blogging seems to be less popular than other mediums (podcasts, vlogging, etc.). However, blogs are still a great way to grow and gain insights from other leaders in the church. Below are a few trusted leadership blogs.
Church Leadership Podcasts
Podcasts have been around as long as blogs, but they’re growing a lot lately. The benefits of podcasts are that they can help you learn while doing other tasks like yard work or exercising. People who learn better through listening will find podcasts more accessible.
Another great aspect of podcasts is that they tend to be a little more raw and unedited, which means you get a more real interaction with thought leaders than through blogging and most video styles.
- Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast
- Craig Groeschel Leadership Podcast
- Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast
- Vanderbloemen Leadership Podcast
- Catalyst Podcast
Whether starting a new church job or leaning into a long time role, personal assessments can prove helpful. Personal assessments can help you gain self-awareness and gain insights into those you lead. Church leadership is about loving and serving others, and personal assessments can help you love and serve in deeper ways.
I strongly recommend all four assessments below.
Employee advocacy is about genuinely caring for your people. Great leaders not only deeply care for their people, their people know deeply that their leader cares for them. By communicating, praising, stretching, and creating safety, your team will be encouraged and cared for by your advocacy.
One of my favorite books of 2019 was Michael Hyatt’s productivity book and system Free to Focus. My team read this together, and all of us came to the book with our wants and unique suspicions. By the end of the book, we all had helpful takeaways that will change the way we work in 2020.
I recently joined my friend Seth Muse on his podcast (The Seminary of Hard Knocks) to talk tips on communications and church leadership.
Finding your next church job can be as daunting as it is exciting. Where do you even begin? Here is a helpful list of 10 trusted websites to help you find the best church jobs.