Powerbrokers Use Intimidation – Part 2

By John Kimball, D.Min. In my last post I talked about why people seem so quick to surrender to a congregational powerbroker.  You can read that post here. In this second installment, I want to talk about how a church member can directly address the intimidation tactics of a powerbroker. Intimidation is fear. Intimidators utilize[…]

Powerbrokers Use Intimidation – Part 1

By John Kimball, D.Min. Let’s face it, powerbrokers are bullies. They are the congregational equivalent of that kid on the playground who loved intimidating the smaller kids. Their need for control may be a personality flaw, driven by fear, a mental health issue or maybe even the result of a past wound. But regardless of[…]

The Value of Natural Church Development (NCD)

By John Kimball, CCCC Director of Church Development Christian Schwarz’ Natural Church Development (NCD) process is a gift to the Church. Designed to measure and improve eight Quality Characteristics common to churches across denominational, geographic and cultural lines, NCD implements an assessment tool that surveys the active membership of a congregation to understand the health[…]

Understanding a Powerbroker

By Dr. John Kimball, D.Min. Powerbrokers. Every organization has them — including the church. They have strong opinions backed up by strong personalities. Some are manipulative. Others are intimidating. All wield their agendas and know how to “press in” on those who tend to be more accommodating. Some become powerbrokers by training — learning from[…]