They reveal mission. If you are a church leader, you know the mission of your church well. You are passionate about the mission. You talk often about mission. But does your budget reveal the mission. You have heard it said that an individual’s checkbook provides a glimpse of their priorities. Church budgets are similar. The way you allocate resources throughout the course of a year should reflect the church’s mission.
More people in your life than time to see them is a fortunate tension.
The tension is a blessed one because we’re fortunate to be loved, needed, wanted or candidly, have anyone seek us out and want some time. That’s not overly self-deprecating, it’s a healthy perspective.
As leaders, we’re blessed to be helpful to others. It’s a privilege to get to encourage, care for, and develop people. And it’s fun just to enjoy these moments as well!
There are too many stories of pastors and leaders falling into sin and leaving ruin in their wake. Great leadership capacity and abilities without character is failure. Period. Our leadership is only as valid as our character. We must be men who pursue holiness and obedience over our positions and platforms.
We all need reminders. It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day work and forget the bigger picture of our job. John Maxwell re-popularized the saying, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” If he is right, then these reminders—and whatever others you need to add to the list—can serve to help us remember how important it is that we lead our churches well.
If you’re a working parent, chances are excellent that at any given time, your to-do list looks like the one above — and that it stretches on, and on, and on — an endless, and eternally growing, list of deliverables. Is it any wonder that
As a responsible person and a hard worker, you know how to dig in and get things done. And since becoming a parent, you’ve tried various strategies to keep the ever-more-intense pace: moving paper to-do lists onto your iPhone, reorganizing your Outlook “Tasks” section, spending more and more time logged into work each evening, cleaning up the endless queue of unread emails, sleeping progressively less each night.
The soul of a leader is the soil from which their leadership will bear fruit and grow. A leader must tend to the soil of their soul.
If a leader was to ponder all the ways in which he or she might evaluate how well they were tending to the soil of their souls, they could hardly do better than to look to the Fruit of the Spirit as listed in Galatians 5.
As I have thought through what it means to be a fruitful leader and leader who tends to the soil of the soul, I considered what it would mean to be a “peaceful” leader, to be a leader who bore the fruit of peace in their leadership.