Ministry Leadership, part 1

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Here it is.  The #1 most important thing you can do to become a better leader in your Church.  And you might be surprised to know that it does not have anything directly to do with those you are leading.

R e a d y ?

Know God better!

Now, before you respond with, “How cliche”…hear me out. ¬†I’m beginning a mentoring experience with Jim Wideman in September that will go about 6 months. ¬†My group is already reading one of his many good books, Children’s Ministry Leadership. ¬†Listen, even if you’re not in Children’s Ministry this book applies to all areas of ministry. ¬†I highly recommend you read it….and give it to someone just beginning in ministry as a gift. ¬†They WILL thank you!

On to ‘knowing God better.’ ¬†Jim lays a perfect foundation for this book in the first chapter. ¬†Basically he says if you’re not regularly growing in your own walk with Jesus, getting other believers to follow your leadership will be nearly impossible. ¬†“being a successful leader in ministry is…measured by weather you’re pleasing God and doing what God wants you to do.” ¬†– Jim Wideman

Pleasing God & doing what He wants us to do CANNOT BE DONE on our own without spending ample time in the Word! ¬†Only by knowing the Bible can we know our Heavenly Father…..and only then can we know what pleases Him and what His will is for us.

As I progress through this book, I plan to blog on the major points I find. ¬†Blogging through a book helps me process what I’m reading. ¬†It just might also spread some leadership know-how out there in Twitter-land for others to benefit from.

Questions: ¬† 1. ¬†Do you have a spiritual mentor in your life? ¬† 2. ¬†What great books on leadership have you read? ¬† 3. ¬†Have you ever known someone to leave doing ministry work because of ‘poor’ leadership?