The Core of Church Leadership (Part 1)

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:

  1. Love People
  2. Lead with Vision
  3. 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?

Lessons Learned from Planning a Wedding (Part 1) – The Power of Priorities

For the last few months, I have embarked on a journey like none I have walked before.  Heidi is such an amazing woman of God and I am continually impressed with her strength and encouragement.  As we have walked this path of planning out our wedding there are numerous things we have both learned.  Over the next few posts, I wanted to post some lessons I’ve learned already over these last few months (although I know there will be many more to come!).  These are lessons that I’ve been reminded of or have learned through the process of planning the wedding with Heidi, but apply to life and leadership.  So with that said, here is Lesson #1: Pay attention to your priorities.

I know that sounds so basic, but it so often gets lost in the mix.  We get wrapped up in getting this or that done, and we forget why we originally started a task or project.  It’s not about finishing the job (although that is usually important), it’s about finishing the project with your priorities still in tact. Regardless of what you’re doing, there will always be elements working against your priorities.  You will be given numerous opportunities to compromise your priorities or choose an ‘easier route’ to your established goal.  The means to the end are not the goal, the end is the goal.  As a pastor, leader, or whatever role you may serve in, you need to continually remind yourself of these questions:

  • What are my personal priorities?  Am I living those out or are they just words on a page?
  • What are the priorities for the organization/ministry I lead?  Do those I lead, know those priorities?
  • What am I doing to strengthen and maintain my priorities?

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