What I know about you is that you didn’t go into church leadership to deal with a lot of the stuff that you have to deal with. You went into church leadership because you believed God was calling you to something significant…something life changing…something…well, other than what you spend a huge amount of time doing.
As a leader, you have to deal with all the “other” stuff. You know, the stuff that no one really tells you about. The stuff that wasn’t a part of the conversation when God called you to give your life to the church. But what if He had? I can almost imagine what that conversation would be like.
God: I have gifted you and called you to give your life to full time ministry in the local church…
You: Wow. I am humbled. I will get to lead people from pain to peace, from lost to found. I will get to proclaim your Word and watch people respond by giving you their lives, I will have the honor of representing the most Holy God as the leader of His people.
God: Yes, but… there is more. You will also get to spend time with people who say horrible things about you because you made a decision about something without asking them. You will be put in the middle of situations that you have no control over, yet be held accountable. You will watch people leave the church because you said something that they did not like. You will go to sleep at night asking me…”Are you sure this is what you called me to do?’
You: Hmmm… is there anyway to just do the good stuff?
So where does that reality leave you? If you are like me, it leaves you looking for the best way possible to navigate the web of decisions and problems that we all face as we lead the church. I can share what I have learned, and how it can completely change your circumstances. Continue reading