One of the things I’ve learned over the years is that it’s usually the
Early in our multisite journey at
As we added more campuses and expanded our Executive Team, another point of tension came along. Again, I had to let go of leading a team that I loved leading. I had to let someone else lead the Campus Pastors so I could provide leadership to the Executive Team and
Along the way, I also had to let go of teaching. For years I was on the Teaching Team at Sun Valley and taught about 20% of the time at our weekend worship services. I’m more of a leader that can communicate than I am a communicator that can lead, and we have some absolutely fantastic communicators on the team. For the church to grow, what was needed from me was more strategic leadership and less teaching. So, once again, I found myself letting go of something that I love for something else that I love even more.
This same scenario has played out in different ways over and over again the past 20 years of ministry. The secret of leadership that no one ever tells you is this:
Every time I’ve given up my personal preference for what’s best for the church instead of what’s best for me, the church has grown. And every time I’ve been reluctant to do the same, the church has been held back. When I only focus on doing what I do best, the church takes ground and I find fulfillment. When I do what’s best for the church, not only does the church win, but I also win. When I don’t, I’m embarrassed to say it, but I hold the church back from everything Jesus has dreamed it to be.
And I imagine the same is true of you.