A scarcity mindset – when everyone is preoccupied with what the organization lacks – is epidemic in too many churches. It stifles growth, innovation and hope. Leadership expert Carey Nieuwhof explores the dangers and how to fight it.
When I speak with mainline ministers, we wonder if our entire career has been spent in a time of institutional scarcity and decline. Clearly, leadership in a situation of abundance and growth is very different than leadership in a situation of scarcity and decrease. If there is “a time for every season under heaven,” then this is a time for “Leadership in Scarcity,” indeed. Let me try to describe some challenges and gifts and offer a few proposals. (Photo © James Steidl – Fotolia.com)