Are you as amused as I am at the things we often observe at the gym?
I started back at a regular exercise routine today. It was just me in our little fitness room at our apartment complex until I was wrapping up. I noticed a man enter the gym and go right to the treadmill. Both of us had earbuds in (I was on the stationary bike). Then, I couldn’t believe what I heard. I had to mute my music to be sure. That guy was not only getting his groove on, but he was singing out loud to his tunes! (not exactly male vocalist of the year)
This made me wonder two things.
1) Does he realize I can hear him?
2) Does he know he can’t sing?
Given the situation, I would assume he would answer YES to both questions.
This entire 10 minute event made me realize something about our leadership in the Church.
– Whether we are intentionally leading or not, someone is always watching us. Good or bad, others are constantly learning from our actions and lifestyle.
– Knowing our weakest abilities as a leader and still trying to develop those skills is so important. To try something with a high chance that we might fail or embarrass ourselves models humility to those we are leading.
– Finally, enjoy the journey. Above all the success, failure, frustration, and victory…try to enjoy church leadership any way possible.
Ministry work is a huge calling. Enjoy it and pace yourself, or it might just break you.
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Jim writes about Ten Fundamentals of authentic leadership in his book. Here are the Top Three that most resonated with me. Get the book and read about the other seven for yourself.
Leaders set an example – Jim says to give others something worth following. This is so true…and not just regarding ministry work. The way you and I tangibly live out our personal lives will greatly impact the trust level people have in us. The people we lead need to observe zero difference in our personality and character inside and out of the office.
Leaders grow spiritually – This is a topic I’ve personally come to understand & respect more in the past year than in my prior 20 years of ministry. Ministry doesn’t just begin with the Spirit moving us toward Kingdom work. The Holy Spirit lives in us as believers. If our lives are spiritual, then shouldn’t our work and leadership be reflective of how close we are growing toward our Father? It is absolutely critical that church leaders constantly revisit the spiritual disciplines to keep themselves sharp and useful.
Leaders are lifelong learners – This is as valuable to the young seminary grad as it is the 70 year old pastor who has been leading the same church body for 50 years. Read books on leadership (even some from secular authors). Study examples of Jesus and how he led the disciples. Attend a conference once a year. And finally, find yourself a life coach (mentor, or accountability partner). You and I don’t know everything, and the things we lack will limit the effectiveness of our leadership.
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