Last Update 17th October, 2016.
Are leaders born?
Yes, I’ve never met a leader who wasn’t born yet.
If you want to change your church then you must first change you.
I don’t like that, but it’s true.
And I don’t like it because it means I have to change…
I don’t know about you but I’m happy with what I’ve accomplished so far but I know there’s so much more.
The best is yet to come for you and me, but that to be realised means we need to change.
Be the best leader you can be
We’ve got just one shot at this – we need to be the best pastors and church leaders we can be.
I’m not satisfied unless I’m constantly growing, learning new and fresh ideas and getting better all the time.
Luke 2:52 reveals a fascinating concept – it says that Jesus grew in wisdom, and in favour with God and men.
We’re talking about God – learning.
If Jesus grew and developed then how much more should we study and read and learn and grow?
2 Samuel 5:10 says “David went on and grew great.”
We love to read about David’s accomplishments but don’t be quick to forget the process of growth he had to go through.
In a world that focuses on fruits (the public parts of our lives everybody sees), taking time to keep our roots (the secret, inner-life) can easily be neglected.
Investing into our personal development is not glamourous because it’s done in secret when no one’s looking but what you do in private is building a solid foundation which will be your platform for future accomplishments and exploits.
And get this – nurturing strong roots will automatically bring about fruit.
The wisest man, Solomon put it this way in Proverbs 4:
“Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom! Write this at the top of your list: Get Understanding!
Throw your arms around her—believe me, you won’t regret it; never let her go—she’ll make your life glorious.”
Investing time to grow yourself as a leader will pay off time and time again.
So let’s get straight to it, here are 3 steps you can take to grow as a church leader:be successful:
1) Clarify Your Vision
What are your ministry goals?
Where do you need your church to be in 1 year, 3 years, 5 years?
What’s your vision for your youth ministry, children’s work?
What do you want your legacy to be?
What do you want to be remembered by?
Don’t worry about the ‘how’ for now (see step 3), just focus on where you want to be and what you want to achieve.
Clarifying your vision and goals like this helps you keep the main thing, the main thing.
“Vision is a mental picture of what could be, fueled by a passion that it should be.” [Tweet this]
Here are some good priorities to live by:
The Five ‘F’s:
2) Develop a Personal Growth Plan
Once you know what your dream goals are, it’s time to make a plan.
We all want to be ‘there’ but a lot of us are not willing to take the necessary steps it takes to get ‘there’.
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3) How are you going to get from here to there?
“A goal without action is pure hallucination.” [Tweet this]
Whatever your goals or vision is for your life and church, we must learn to be doers.
Sometimes we expect to get from ‘here‘ to ‘there‘ in one fell swoop – the reality is, rather than one giant leap, success is more like a series of small, cumulative and daily steps.
“Direction, not intention, determines your destination. – Andy Stanley” [Tweet this]
Here at Grow Church we have lots of practical ‘How to‘ but only you can answer the ‘Why‘.
Whatever your reason is, I encourage you, no, I urge you – take action.
Whether you’re looking to grow in your capacity as a leader, improve your preaching, become better at putting healthy church systems in place, whatever it is, your growth plan should have daily, weekly, monthly and yearly measures.
So for example, if I want to have a healthy, heaven-on-earth marriage then I you will prioritise that and schedule some quality one on one time each day, a date night each week, a trip away once a month and a holiday twice a year.
“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.”
If you want to be the best pastor you can be then it starts by setting aside a daily personal time with God – you don’t just want to be opening the Bible to prepare for sermons!
Daily – Read 2 chapters of the Bible a day, listen to a sermon a day.
Weekly – Read a book a week on church management/leadership
Monthly – Every month you could decide to meet with a leader who’s gone further than you and is where you want to be.
Yearly – Plan to visit somewhere expand your thinking.
Book yourself into a conference, get some online preaching training or maybe visit a big church that has a powerful impact in the surrounding community, take a look at the facilities they have, see how they run their services.
Prioritise your priorities, make the main thing the main thing and you’ll soon start taking the right actions.
Habits are everything; what you do today determines where you’ll be tomorrow.
If you are serious about growing your church, your worship team, youth group or children’s ministry but you are not doing anything about it then guess what?
Remember: It’s your direction not your intention determines your destination.
There’s no magic formula for growing your church overnight, but it’s in those seemingly small, daily steps that will you to take your church to the place you want it to be.
Always be open to new ideas, don’t be afraid of change and always be learning, always growing.
Growing pastors have growing churches.
Why not take the time to evaluate your daily calendar and ask yourself:
“Does your daily growth plan reflect the size of my dream?”
If not- adjust it.
What direction is my daily calendar taking me? Do I need to re-order some things?
Whatever dream you have, whatever vision God has given you – start working towards that now.
Have you taken the time to evaluate what’s important to you? What are your top priorities?
What steps can you take today to invest in yourself as a leader? Please comment below and share any helpful advice with the GrowChurch Champs.