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7 Impractical (but Priceless) Leadership Principles

I talk to pastors frequently who find themselves in a difficult situation. Many times, they know the right thing to do, but they can’t bring themselves to do it.

Often, the advice I give is simply received with a reply such as, “I know it’s probably the right thing to do, but it seems like it would be easier just to _____.”

I understand.

Honestly, good leadership isn’t always practical.

Seriously. Think about it. Sometimes, it would be easier just to take the most efficient way. It’s less controversial. It allows the leader more control. It happens quicker.

I’ve learned, however, that the most practical way isn’t always the most prudent way.

Let me explain.

Here are 7 impractical leadership principles I practice:

1. I don’t meet alone with the opposite sex

Unless there is someone else in the office, I don’t meet with females alone. I don’t meet with them for lunch or coffee, except in extreme situations. I know, it’s not practical, but it not only protects the integrity of my marriage and ministry, it protects the perception of my marriage and ministry. Which is almost as important.

2. I don’t make major decisions alone even if I have the authority

I always invite a team of people, many wiser than me, to help me discern major decisions. I realize it slows down the process. Sometimes, it even kills my plans, but it has protected me over and over from making foolish decisions.

3. I try to kill my own ideas

I try to find the holes in my ideas and even try to talk people out of it after they’ve already bought into it. I know, crazy, right?

Time and time again, this process has improved the decisions I make, and it always builds a sense of ownership for everyone on the team.

4. I respond to criticism

What a way to slow down progress! Talk about insane. Why listen to people who have negatives to add to the positives?

But I even listen to anonymous critics sometimes. I’ve learned that criticism often is correct, and it always makes me better. Whether I yield to it or not, it forces me to consider sides I wouldn’t otherwise.

5. I give away tasks to someone less experienced

I do it all the time. I surrender my right to decide to one with many years less experience than I have.

Some would call that dumb, but I call it genius. The best leaders on our team were “discovered” this way.

 6. I push for best

It’s always easier and faster to compromise. Settling for mediocre saves time and energy…and it makes a leader more popular!

I work through conflict to get to the best solution for everyone. I know, time consuming, but in the long run, the organization wins!

7. I watch people fail

You heard me. I’ve let people make a mistake I knew they were going to make. How dumb can one leader be, right? Why not jump in to save the day?

I’ve learned, however, that if I do always stop what I see as a mistake, I may miss something I can’t see. Plus, I’ve learned my best leadership from the mistakes I’ve made. Others will also.

There! So much for being impractical. Way to waste some time. Good job being Mr. Inefficient! But if you want to be a great leader, find ways to avoid practicality.

How good are you at being an impractical leader? What other impractical leadership principles have you seen?

Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Ron has over 20 years business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and he’s been helping church grow vocationally for over 10 years.

More from Ron Edmondson or visit Ron at www.ronedmondson.com

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Publicado por em 01/06/2012 em POIMENIA

 

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Why Envy is a Ministry Killer


If you want a quick way to derail your ministry, envy someone else’s ministry. It’s the top barrier to fulfilling God’s purpose for your life. And it’s one of the quickest ways to have God’s anointing on your life removed. You must eradicate it from your life.

Envy is insidiously destructive. Anger, addictions, and adultery are all overt sins. But you can hide envy. Yet, God can see it. He knows it will impact others, too.

The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 10:12, “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” (NIV)

Envy denies your uniqueness before God. The Lord never, ever makes a clone—only individuals. When you try to be someone else—whether it’s preaching like someone else, leading like someone else, growing your church like someone else—you’re denying the unique manner in which God made you. That’s dangerous and unwise.

It’s also a rejection of how God made you—and an insult to Him.

The problem with envy is that it simply doesn’t end. When someone commits adultery or has an angry outburst, it happens and it’s over. But envy never leaves. It just keeps on going. And it shrinks your heart and makes you miserable in the process.

How do you eradicate envy? Stop comparing yourself with someone else. Comparison is the root of all envy. Whenever you start comparing yourself, you’re in a no-win situation. If you compare yourself with someone who is more effective than you, you’ll be full of envy. If you are more effective than they are, you’re full of arrogance and pride. Either way, comparisons will take you down.

We tend to compare ourselves to our peers. Athletes compare themselves with other athletes. Lawyers compare themselves with other lawyers. Pastors compare themselves with other pastors. And we compare ourselves with the ones closest to us. The successful pastor across the country doesn’t bother us—but the one across the street does.

During Saddleback’s first year, the church grew from just Kay and I to about 150 people. Out of those 150 people, 75 to 80 were baptized. I was like the director of an orphanage with a church full of new believers. At one point I read the denominational annual for Baptists in California and discovered that Saddleback was among the top 10 in the state in Baptisms. I started to get proud.

Then God slammed me up against the wall. God hadn’t called me to compare myself to someone else. He hadn’t called me to be best pastor in the world, or the best pastor in California – or even the best pastor in Orange County.

He has called me to be the best pastor I can possibly be given the gifts, talents, parents, experiences and opportunities God gave me. I didn’t choose any of those qualities. God gives you a set of gifts and judges you on how you use them. He won’t judge you on the gifts you don’t have. He’ll say, “What have you done with what I’ve given you?”

Psalm 139:16 says “Even before I was born, you had written in your book everything I would do.” (CEV) God planned every day of your life – but you can miss that plan. If you spend your whole life trying to be someone else, you’ll miss God’s plan for you.

This article is from Rick’s webcast for pastors. Watch the video now.

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Publicado por em 25/04/2012 em POIMENIA

 

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