Over the next few posts, I wanted to pass along a few items I recently shared with our staff regarding the focus of ministry leadership. As leaders, and especially ministry leaders, there are so many expectations and responsibilities that can pull for your attention and energy. But when you look at the core items, there are really three simple things that we need to do to be effective:
- Love People
- Lead with Vision
- Live with Excellence
First, I want to focus on the idea of ‘Loving People’. There are all kinds of structures and processes we need to have in place to minister at greater capacities and with higher levels of excellence, but when you boil it down to the basics, we exist to love people. You can have the “Greatest show on Earth” on a Sunday morning or the most thorough discipleship track in the world, but if you forget the priority of loving people, you’ve missed the mark. In the always stressful world of ministry, our priorities can very easily be sidetracked or hijacked. Whatever your ministry, no matter how large or how small, remember that ministry is not simply about processes or programs, it’s about people. Care for people. Respect people. Love people.
Christ makes it clear in John 10 that the greatest trademark of His disciples isn’t found in their style. size or necessarily structure, but it is found in their love. “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
So how are you making it a priority to “Love People” in your ministry? Both those you serve and those that serve with you?