In over 50 years of local church pastoral ministry, I saw leaders thrive and I saw them dive. By thrive I mean they flourished. They increased in effectiveness. They blossomed in using their gifts for the Kingdom of God. They grew in their usefulness.
By dive I mean they plummeted in their efficiency. They decreased in their passion to use their gifts to serve others. They grew weary in well doing. They were sometimes negative, frequently bored to death, and often uninspiring to those they were asked to lead. For some the pressure was too great; for others unresolved conflict in relationships wore them down; for others the long haul was too arduous. Occasionally they dropped out of leadership. Some of them, when asked later to serve again, said, “Nope. Been there. Done that. Never again.” Some left the church to go to another church. Some left and went nowhere.
You may be now or in the future in a leadership role. You may be working with children, youth or adults. You may be leading a group, teaching a class, organizing a ministry, recruiting a team of volunteers to help do the work, guiding children or young people, or serving as an elder, deacon or trustee. You may find yourself or have found yourself or people around you thriving or diving, or somewhere in between.
I look forward to sharing with you lessons for leaders I learned over my 50 years of local church ministry as a pastor. I have served local churches in California, Nebraska and Ohio as Pastor to Students, Associate Pastor for Growth and Mission, and for most of those years as Pastor/Head of Staff. In these blogs I will share with you how to thrive as a leader. I will focus on various leadership areas such as being called, learning to wait, developing an inner life that leads to outward thriving, the preparation, the conflict, handling temptations, the family, the boundaries and more. I welcome you to my blog.