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A Good Reminder

April 21, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

 

A Good Reminder
 
I was able to put some time into thinking about strengthening our leadership team this week and came across an email that I sent to our leaders a couple of years ago.  In it I was encouraging them to give their best to God and to the people they were called to lead.
 
It was a good reminder for me.  As I read over the email I was reminded of the great privileged and responsibility it is to lead God's people.  It has been one of the most challenging and rewarding things that I have ever done, and I find that I often need reminders like this to stay on the right path as a leader.
 
Here is a part of what I shared with our team back then.  I hope that you find it to be encouraging and challenging just like I did.
 

Regular Church Attendance - If we want the people we lead to be here and to be engaged, then we have to show them what that looks like.  All of our leaders are expected to be here for worship on a regular basis.  Of course sickness, family issues, vacation, and work are exceptions to this, but outside of those things we need to show those whom we lead the importance of gathering for worship.  Be here, and be engaged, as often as you are able to.  When you do need to be out please let me know.     

Work with Excellence - Good enough is never good enough.  Everything we do should be done in excellence as an act of worship to our Father, and as an example to those we lead.  Always give your very best.  Come prepared if you are leading or teaching, and show up early.  Sliding in right before something starts is not ok for leaders.  All of our leaders should shoot for being here 10-15 minutes early for any gathering, and pastoral staff should be here at least 20-30 minutes early.  This shows our passion for what we do and allows us extra time to invest in God's people.

Prayer -  We need to be on our knees daily praying for our church, our community, and our nation.  At a minimum we should all be praying for our leadership team and those we directly lead, teach, or minister to.  I also recommend praying through our church directory, and praying for those outside of the church that you are reaching out to on a regular basis. 

Get in the Word - Leaders who are not in God's word are not fit to lead, and will have very little to invest in others.  Make sure that you are building the habit of being in God's word daily and allowing it to transform you and how you serve.  Also, be sure that you are encouraging your family and those on your team to do the same thing.  I will be glad to help with this if you need a little direction.

Communication - Leadership drives every organization, and communication will make or break us as leaders.  You will hear and see things in our church that I don't.  Please let me know about those things.  As often as possible I will try to keep you up to date on what is happening with our church body.  Make sure that you are passing those things on to the people in your area of responsibility.  For example: upcoming events, major illnesses, prayer requests, changes, and new ministries.  The more we keep each other and our people in the loop the more we can pull together and move in the same direction. 

Team Work -  We are called the Body of Christ for a reason.  Not only do we represent Him here, but we are called to do this work together.  Please make every effort to work with and not against each other.  If someone is struggling let's pull together and help them.  If something is lacking in our church let's work together to correct the issue.  This is one of the greatest ways we can love and take care of each other, and set an example for others to follow.

    The thought was to use this as a starting place, and for us to realize that God deserves our very best, and so do His people.  We've come a long way since then, but we still need reminders like this so that we keep moving in the right direction.
 
 
Is there anything that you would add to the list?  I would love to hear from you.
 
In Love, 
Pastor Jason

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