Titles and wisdom don’t always go hand-in-hand.
Wisdom + Endurance = Effectiveness
Seeking wise counsel is a biblical mandate. But the key word in that is “wise”.
Effective leaders will learn (sometimes the hard way, like I did) who to learn from, who to invest in and who to ignore. Yes, ignore. Not ignore their personhood, but their whining.
Shortly after I arrived at my church 25 years ago, one of the truly mature believers in the church pulled me aside and implored me, “Pastor, I know this is not an easy church to pastor. But please stay long enough so that the people who have come to this church after you outnumber the ones who were here before you. Build your own team. It may take a while, but if you outlast them, you can pastor this church well for a long time.”
Now that’s some counsel worth listening to.
He was right.
It took a long time. It wasn’t always easy. But the changes did come.
And it has been worth it.
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