Church Leadership
Park Farthest Away: 5 Simple Pastoral Habits To Defy Our “Me First” Culture
Leadership is an opportunity to serve. Anyone who doesn’t see it that way is not a leader, just a boss.

But a leader who never pitches in, gets their hands dirty, or joins others in hands-on work is not setting an example of servanthood. Especially in a smaller church.

4. Be The Hardest Person To Anger

A quick temper is a sign of a self-centered person, not a great leader.

Good leaders seek to lower the emotional and relational stress in the room, not raise it.

Good leaders seek to lower the emotional and relational stress in the room, not raise it.

The Bible is very clear about this. “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” (James 1:19-20)

No church volunteer or staff member should fear going to their pastor or other church leader when they’ve made a mistake or need help. In fact, the relationship should be such that your leader is the first person you want to go to.

5. Hang Out In The Lobby

There is at least as much ministry to be done in the church lobby, potluck, coffee bar or BBQ as there is during a Sunday morning service.

In fact, when people are able to make a connection with the pastor at such informal times, it makes them more open to hear what we have to say when we’re preaching and teaching.

In a larger church, this may mean standing at the door, shaking hands with people. But even that says you’re open, accessible and caring.

In a smaller church, this is not just important, but essential.

Leading Is Serving

Leadership is an opportunity to serve. Anyone who doesn’t see it that way is not a leader. Even if they have a title, they’re just a boss.

Bosses are about themselves and the position. But leaders are about those who are watching, following and learning from everything we say and do.

We should be such a model of biblical servanthood that others will want to follow our example.

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June 22, 2018 at 9:00 AM

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