“Demands” of Church Leadership
“Demands” of church leadership
Church leadership is:
- Volunteer driven – Volunteers must be:
2. A calling
– Hebrews 5:1-4
Church leadership demands:
- A servant spirit
– Mark 10:42-45
2. Different types of power
– Coercion – power influence – leaders who use fear are themselves afraid
– Commerce – people follow you because of what you can do for them
– Legitimate Power
– Teamwork – we need to be willing to delegate
– A leader knows what needs to be done next, why it needs to be done, what resources need to be used and how to utilize them
– Effective leaders generate a vision
– Vision = energy, and energy is contagious
4. Personal Growth (We’re not talking numbers)
– Luke 2:52
– All leaders are learners
– “It’s what you learn after you know it all that really matter.”
– Wherever I am in my growth process, satan will do all he can to get me to remain there
– A vision without a plan = frustration
– (Book = “Visioneering” by Andy Stanley – northpointchurch.com)
– Three factors for all achievements
- The adoption of a definite purpose
- A definite plan for it’s attainment
- Appropriate action
– Three clear steps to action
- Where do I want to go? (this speaks of goals)
- Do we know what we want?
- Do we know where we are really headed?
- Would we know when we arrived there?
2. Where am I now? (this speaks of honesty)
– Where I want to go
– Where others think I am
– Where I really am
3. What is my next step?
6. An eternal approach
– Col 3:2 and II Cor. 4:16-18
Attitudes that Determine Altitude
1. My attitude at the beginning of a task will affect it’s outcome
– Most people that we lead will live up to our expectations of them
2. My attitude is the major different between success or failure
– Resources minus a right attitude equals defeat
– Right attitude minus resources could equal victor
3. My attitude can turn problems into blessings
– My problem is NEVER my problem
4. My attitude can give me uncommon perspective
– “Some people look at things as they are and say ‘why?’ I look at things as they can be and say, ‘why not.”
– You’re always going to find what you’re looking for. If you go to church looking for hypocrites, you’re going to find them. We need to be good finders.
– We should always believe the best until forced by proof to believe the wrong.
5. My attitude, not my achievements, will being me happiness
– The thoughts in your mind are more important than the things in your life
– Take “God” and add an “O” for “obedience” and the result is “good.”
– Luke 12:15
~ Don’t confuse standard of living with quality of life
– “Happiness is not based on money, and the greatest proof of the is my family.” – Christina Onassis
~ Too many people have:
– “Destination Disease” – “If only I could live there, I’d be happy.”
– “Someone-else Disease” – “If only I could be him or her, I’d be happy.”
– “Backslider Blues” – “If only I hadn’t done that, I’d be happy.”
– Your past is the only thing that can separate you from the love of God. We need to get free from our past.
– We tend to go in the direction we’re most focused on. (Like driving a car, you go where you look.) We need to focus on the future, not our past. You’ve got to release and let go.
– God can’t forgive unforgiveness. “Except a man forgive those who have trespassed against him, he cannot be forgiven.” – “blaspheming against the Holy Ghost” – the Holy Ghost is the power to forgive, so that’s blaspheming against the Holy Ghost.
6. My attitude will change when I want it to
– Nobody else controls your attitude
– We cannot tailor-make the situations in our life; but we can tailor-make the attitudes to fit them before they arrive.
– It’s the storms of life that are going to reveal you, not make or break you.
- How to “Tailor-Make” Your Attitude
- Understand the importance of attitude
- Quit blaming others and things for your attitude
- Develop a plan and commit to improvement
7. My attitude needs continuous adjustment
- Attitude Adjustment Indicators
- Not enough time for God
- Family tells me
- Relationship with staff strains
- View of others lowered
- Attitude Adjustment Remedies
- Say the right words
- Read the right books
- Listen to the right things
- See the right people
- Do the right things
8. My attitude is contagious
– People catch our attitudes just like they catch our colds – by getting close to us.
by Tim Pruitt