I have been one of the lead pastors here at Grace Community Church for about a year and a half. Honestly it has wrecked my ability to blog because for the past year and a half I have been overwhelmed with everything I am learning. I get to the end of the day and I am so blown away by everything I did not know that I am not even sure how to capture the lessons I have learned online! Some of the leadership lessons have been difficult and some have been filled with joy and I am finally ready to share some of them online. The point of this blog for me is simple…I want to help leaders go further faster and simply share my experience. What I am going to do is format some of my leadership lessons from being in the first chair and relay them for any leader.
There are 4 ideas that I have to keep coming back to as a leader every single day. Leadership lures us toward self deception and I am tempted to ignore these ideas! Over and over I have to embrace these humbling ideas as I try to lead the people around me. Here they are…
- I don’t know everything. // The best thing I can do as a leader is to strive to be a learner. I need to ask questions. I need to empower those smarter than me. I need to allow others to get the credit!
- I’m not good at everything. // There are some things I don’t even need to pretend I am good at. There are some things I just don’t need to do or be involved in. Every time I try to do something I am not good at I rob another leader of the chance to shine.
- I can’t do everything. // I have to be willing to say no. When I say no to one thing I am saying yes to something else. No empowers me to say yes to what matters most. I don’t need to fuel the idea that I can meet every need!
- I’m not the secret to this organization’s success. // I can be replaced. I am not the secret ingredient to whatever good is happening. I have to remember that I will be the leader where I am at for a season and one day I will pass that role to another. God can use who he wants to lead, it’s an honor to be a small part of what He is doing.