Category: Craveable Church
They ask questions that go far beyond superficial interest. They draw me out with pointed questions that show they genuinely care about me and it never sounds scripted.
They allow me to fully vent or explain without making me feel on I’m on “the clock” with them. They demonstrate their authenticity by giving me their time (Their most valuable asset), without complaint.
We’ve all seen dogs that chase cars. It’s funny they like to try and catch up with a car going 40 mph and bark and growl like they really have a chance of catching it.
As pastors and leaders, we’re all guilty of trying to catch something that is simply going too fast. I’m not saying we shouldn’t have big God goals and visions, but they have to be based on what we KNOW He wants to do around and through us.
2 things about chasing “cars” as a leader…
“Everything has its own time…” Ecc 3.1
I’ve quoted that verse to others and, quite a few times, to myself. Most often it’s to answer the question why didn’t things turn out the way we had hoped.
When we face disappointments like that, one area of our life that can take a blow is our passion.
I’ve found when my passion and energy are running low, a few bold moves need to be taken. Now, apart from the obvious… we need to be on our faces before God, we need to establish a laser focus so we aren’t spreading the energy and enthusiasm too thin and zapping our own passion.
Try these Bold Moves…
“Let’s just do it! “
That’s one of the favorite sayings of a friend of mine. A “good” idea comes and BAM! Let’s do this thing. Which can sound fun and full of faith.
It’s easy for an aggressive leader to fall prey to that type of mindset. However, I have learned that usually produces hurt and pain. The big moves you look to make need to be birthed in the correct context. Beginning with…
A bad system is better than no system at all.
I love what I heard Andy Stanley said once, “Your system is perfectly suited for the results you’re getting.” It’s quite easy to have no system and therefore have practically no results. So, a bad system that produces “bad” results is at least a place to start and measure it’s success.
I’ve helped train 100’s of pastors through The Sticks Network, and one thing that consistently sticks out in my mind is how few leaders and churches have systems in place for the most vital parts of their church.