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ELN 005: Rusty Russell

ELN 005: Rusty Russell

Dr. Rusty Russell is the senior pastor at Peace Church in Wilson, NC. Dr. Russell became senior pastor at Peace Church in 2006 and has been on staff since 1993. In our conversation with Dr. Russell we talked about his transition to senior pastor and his continued leadership growth and development at Peace Church.


Notes from this show. 
Give us a little bit of background on yourself and your ministry at Peace Church. – 1:14
What was your transition like from worship pastor to senior pastor? – 2:02
What were some of the key components to making your transition work at Peace Church? – 3:37
What about being at Peace Church for so long has helped you be better leader? – 4:48
As churches grow the role of the pastor can be called into question can you speak to the role of the pastor in the church as a CEO or Shepherd? – 7:00
How does a ministry leader get the training they may have missed in seminary? – 9:35
Do you have any practical step to give someone who may be looking to grow as a leader? – 11:00
You mentioned Church Unique can you tell us how that has impacted your staff? – 13:05
You cut something successful for something that fit your church vision. Did you meet any resistance? – 15:50
When you were working with youth you instituted an almost discriminatory policy can you explain why? – 17:24
Why do we find it so hard to enact some of the necessary changes in ministry. – 18:58
What have the challenges and successes of leading a generationally diverse church. – 20:55
How do you measure ministry success? – 24:44
What is one practice you have implemented over the past year that has made you grow in your leadership. – 27:20


Resources mentioned in this episode.

Amazon – The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner

Amazon – The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Amazon – Church Unique by Will Mancini


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