What Leaders Need
It's been a while since I've sat down and written anything. It's been a tough year for me, in my family and in my ministry. Throughout this season I've had moments where I felt like I didn't want to do this any more and I've had moments where God was so incredibly present in my life that despite the circumstances, I felt like I could take on anything. Many of the thoughts through this are from this past season of life and ministry and while they are not new thoughts, I believe they are good reminders of things leaders need.
1) Leaders to follow
Even at a base level to understand leadership we understand following. One of the greatest roles of a leader is to be a good follower. In fact, it's the first follower that teaches all other followers how to follow. As leaders we look to someone to lead us well. In the good times and the bad we need people in our lives that can lead us and our hearts well.
2) Peer Leaders to Lean On
One of the greatest things I've learned is to place people that are doing the same or similar things in my life both inside my church and outside of it. It's so nice that have people I can text, call, or have lunch with to talk through whatever maters of life or ministry I may be in at that time. To have a support system in place is crucial but to have a support system that truly understands what ministry is like and what you're walking through is all the difference in the world.
3) A Team to Help Carry the Load
As leaders, we are called to produce more leaders not more followers. With that in mind, we should work to develop leaders of the teams we lead. Over time, those teams will come around you and journey with you for the good of the organization. Not only will they come around you for the good of the organization but for your own good as well.
4) Breaks on the Horizon
Ministry is taxing at times. I guess one could say life is taxing at times. I've tried hard to make sure I live a life with margin, a little cushion for when things get hectic. Sometimes though we go through seasons where that margin is pushed, stretched, and almost disappears. That's true of ministry and life alike. That is why it is so important to have regularly scheduled time off. It's healthy to pull back and get away every now and then. To regain our composure mentally, physically, emotionally, and of course spiritually. I try to always know when my next break is going to be because I've learned that whether it's a day off or a week away, I'll push through a lot and much harder knowing that break is on the horizon.
My hope and prayer for you as you read this is that you are challenged some in how you do life and ministry and how you lead. More than that though, may you be encouraged in all you do.