7. Not everybody will support your vision. I was very naive in the beginning, I thought everybody would love and support the vision that God gave me. It didn't take me long to come to the conclusion that not everybody will support my vision. You can’t waste all of your time and energy trying to convince people who don’t support the vision. That’s called crazy leadership. You have to get over it and get over it quickly to do what God has called you to do. Spend your time and energy on the 99 percent of people who do support the vision and not on the 1 percent who don’t.
8. Focus on what you do best and on what adds the most value to the organization and delegate the rest. To lead a growing church or organization, you must master the art of delegation. To go up, you must give up.
9. You have to say “no” 95 percent of the time. You can’t do what God has called you to do and say “yes” to everybody and every opportunity that arises. I’ve learned that I have to say “no” most of the time. I have to say “no” to what’s good, so I can focus on what’s best. If you don’t control your schedule, other people and circumstances will.
10. You must take risks. If you are not doing things that if God doesn’t show up, you’re going to fall on your face, you’re not taking risks. Leaders are risk takers. Leaders are always out front. That’s why they’re leaders. Quit playing it safe, take some risks and just watch God show up!
5. We must make church a place where the un-churched feel welcome. The reason so many people drive by our churches every single day and don’t ever think about coming inside to check things out is because most churches don't make the un-churched fell welcome. I’m not advocating that we have it all figured out, because we don’t, but we work EXTREMELY hard to create a church and services where everyone feels welcome. We are very bold to speak the uncompromising truths of the Bible. We just strive to do it in a relevant, fun and creative way. Honestly, it takes a lot more work to speak and create a relevant worship service that will attract the un-churched and encourage the believer at the same time. The easy way out is just to have church for church people. I can do that with very little effort.
6. Deep is doing not just knowing. I get tired of people telling me how deep they are; just live for God. Deep is living the Christian faith not just knowing a lot about God. Deep is being humble not being a know it all. Deep is being a servant not being a puffed up Christian. Deep is helping others know and grow in their relationship with Christ not the self-centered mentality we see from so many Christians: feed Me, bless ME, help ME, it’s all about me mentality. Deep is living the truth you already know. Friends, DEEP IS DOING! Let’s live the Bible and not try to impress each other with all of this deep stuff. LOVE GOD AND LOVE PEOPLE!
I will leave you with those two leadership lessons today. That’s a lot to chew on for one day.
Kendra and I would love to have you join us for our Launch Team Meeting tomorrow evening at 7pm. The meeting will be held at 908 Westover Terrace, Greensboro. For more information check out our Facebook page The Life Church Greensboro.
Have a blessed day!
I thoroughly enjoy being a leader, especially a spiritual leader. I love seeing God change lives. To continue to develop my leadership skills, I’m constantly reading books, listening to cds of other leaders and spending time with great leaders. I’m on a pursuit to be the best leader I can be for God. Over the next week, I’m going to be sharing some lessons I have learned on my leadership journey.
1. Those closest to you will determine your success.
2. Lead through leaders, not through followers. Leaders multiply, followers add.
3. Keep the vision white hot. Vision leaks, so you have to communicate it often.
4. Surround yourself with positive people.
I am very excited about launching The Life Church in Greensboro, NC in February 2018. If you're in the Triad area of NC we'd love to have you join our team. For more information send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The opportunity of a lifetime must be seized within the lifetime of opportunity.
That is where we are - seizing opportunity to reach more people.
Imagine a church where every leader, parent, and child is working toward the same goal...growing in authentic faith in Jesus, connecting them to the life they were created to live! Helping connect individuals, families, young, and old to a life-giving church.
In February of 2018, we are launching a life-giving, family focused church in Greensboro, NC. We want to make it hard for people to go to hell by making it easy for them to go to church. The bottom line is people matter!
Together, we can seize the opportunity to do something significant in Greensboro, NC.
A little about me. I'm a committed follower of Christ. I'm married to the love of my life, Kendra. We have three adorable kids Silas, Asher and Faith. I'm the Senior Pastor of The Life Church in Greensboro.