It saddens me to read blogs and hear about so many people in ministry being bruised and hurt by leaders within the church. And while I understand there is another side to the story, I believe the first side should start with us as leaders. So if you are leading a ministry or a leader in a ministry, here are a few things for you to think about and also share with your leaders. These are some things I believe we forget from time to time and as a result people are hurt.
You Are Flawed – Being in leadership does not change this fact. Actually, being in leadership should heighten your sensitivity to the fact that you are flawed, and the depth of the pain and hurt you are able to inflict is immeasurable. So you are flawed, and your logic should never trump scripture.
You Are Held To A Higher Standard – God holds us to a higher standard because it protects us and the people we lead, not because we are special. God created standards for protection not punishment. Viewing them as punishment sets you on the road to not keeping them. Yes, in ministry you have someone to report to, but the truth of the matter is in the end we will all have to report to God. And the standards your direct report sets for you does not relinquish you from the standards God has already set as a minister of the gospel. This is something we must remember as we lead.
A Life Of Duality Ends In Destruction – It’s only a matter of time before you are exposed. Reach out for help NOW, because being found out does you and everyone you know more HARM than good.
Being Prideful Is A Sin – There is a reason why being prideful is a sin. It’s because the very meaning of pride is to take pleasure in ones own accomplishments. As a leader, taking pride in anything becomes a slippery slope you can’t afford. How about taking a position of humility in everything. Recognizing God and those he’s placed in your life to help you become the person you are today. Pride displays a false sense of the truth, so don’t buy the lie. I’m not saying you can’t receive a complement. I’m just saying, receive it in perspective.
Now, I didn’t write this to bash on leaders. I wrote it because as a leader in ministry I need to be reminded of these things. If we don’t put ourselves in check, we will be checked by the consequences of our actions. So what are some other things we need to remember that causes harm to those we lead?
Hope it helps,