Church Playground Safety • True Steward Leaders • The Worst Leadership Decision: Management Roundup
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Church Playground Safety • True Steward Leaders • The Worst Leadership Decision: Management Roundup

1. Checking up on the church playground. "Nonsexual personal injuries often represent a top common reason churches go to court. … The best way to avoid a personal injury lawsuit is to implement a comprehensive risk management plan for your church. The plan should include playground equipment maintenance. Remove play equipment associated with frequent injuries, and clean play­grounds regularly. Be alert for hazards such as broken glass or sharp metal objects … Regularly inspect play equipment. Here's what you should watch for:

worn or missing parts,

loose bolts,

sharp edges or points,

damaged "s" hooks,

torn or frayed safety netting,

torn or frayed rope equipment,

loose sewing connections in cargo webbing, and

torn or frayed and exposed components that could trip, pinch, or crush someone.

Also, be sure to lubricate moving parts properly, and repair or replace splintered or cracked wood"

"8 Legal Pitfalls for Pastors (and How to Avoid Them)," by Richard R. Hammar, ChurchLawAndTaxStore.com.

2. An outreach effort of life-giving proportions. "Overlake Christian Church (Washington) provides short-term housing for homeless pregnant women between the ages of 18 and 25. Through a ministry called Special Delivery, up to 10 women at a time are able to stay in a large house, where they receive the support and encouragement needed to develop an independent living plan. … The program includes individual counseling and classes on life skills, parenting, and childbirth. In addition, Special Delivery partners with other agencies and programs addressing substance abuse, domestic violence, mental health, and transitioning out of the sex trade, as well as access to government assistance and longer term housing resources" ("Try Sketchnote Preaching," LeadershipJournal.net).

3. Steward leaders deflect praise and accept criticism. "We can be freed from the tyranny of the exhausting work of preserving our self-image and advancing our reputations only as we are willing to accept criticism and deflect praise. This is the freedom of the steward leader! The success of the steward leader lies significantly in their ability to keep this two-fold movement of leadership in balance. Leaders who inflict pain lose trust and dishearten their people. Leaders who absorb praise produce resentment and sacrifice motivation" ("The True Freedom of a Steward Leader," by R. Scott Rodin, blog.christianleadershipalliance.org).

4. The worst leadership decision you can make. "Sometimes, we can feel particularly paralyzed about making a decision, and can end up postponing and procrastinating on it until it is 'made for us.' This is a terrible cop-out; even when you choose not to make a decision, you are making it anyway. Leaving something to fate is not as random as you think—and stepping back from the act of deciding makes you feel out of control, passive, and disempowered. … So, when you feel like procrastinating on a decision, stop and think about why you are tempted to do that. Remind yourself that choosing to make no decision is, in fact, the worst decision of all. Whatever other choice you make, it will be better than making none at all" ("3 Things to Keep in Mind When Making Decisions," by Teresa Griffith, LifeHack.com).

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