One of the ways that I want to use my blog is as a storage place for church leadership ideas as I come to understand them. Here are three leadership principles that the Lord has been teaching me recently:
1. Be Careful – Don’t solve one problem by creating two or more new problems. This is a principle that speaks to the conundrum that many pastors face: the tyranny of the urgent. Because we pastor-types tend to think “short-term” only, we can often come up with quick solutions to immediate problems…only to find out that , in the long run, we have created more problems through the application of our solution in the short term (Matthew 10:16).
2. Rebuilding, restarting, reforming efforts must be rooted in the clear teaching of the Bible towards the goal of understanding. When Nehemiah was working to rebuild Jerusalem he “read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and they gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading (Nehemiah 8:8).” Trying to rebuild around programs and organization is also vital. But without the transforming and sanctifying power of God’s Word, organization and programs will be operating in the natural – ie: powerless, though effective.
3. Be firm. Be gentile. Leadership requires discernment and the ability to make weighty decisions with swift confidence and determination But method is equally important. Thus, pastors must be gentile in the way they make firm decisions. There is a tension there that must be honored and practiced (James 3:17).