Leadership. Less than 2% of the population studies leadership. One of the greatest myths is the Assumption Gap—because we automatically grew as children, we will automatically grow as adults. Not true.
All leaders have a lid on their leadership ability and raising that lid will help you take your church where you believe God wants you to take it. But in order to get there you have to bring people along—they have to buy-in to you before they buy-in to your vision. How do you accomplish that? Just having a charismatic personality won’t get you there. It may work for a while, but we all have stories of church troubles and splits.
Many preachers have high ‘D’ or Dominant personalities—it’s the entrepreneurial spirit in them that drives them to go start a church or go lead a church. They have a tendency to be forward thinking, enjoy being in control, and love a good challenge. Unfortunately, there are weaknesses that go along with those strengths. They typically are task oriented instead of people oriented. This has the tendency of getting things done—many times at the expense of people. And after the worship of God, church is all about people.
The key is learning to properly lead people to help accomplish all the things you believe God has called you to do! To be both task and people oriented.
People are not going to follow you just because you are a pastor—that’s Level 1—Positional Leadership—the lowest form of leadership. There are proven principles of leadership that you need to embrace to ensure you are leading people in the best possible ways. This includes your staff as well as the congregation. It may all be going well in the beginning, but wait for a building project, additional pastor search committee, or doctrinal error. Are you prepared to lead your people through that? We’ve seen too many churches crash and burn because the leaders of the church were unprepared for both a proper biblical and proper leadership approach—unless you define success as accomplishing the task while leaving people behind. It doesn’t have to be that way.
It’s not a matter of if it happens—it’s a matter of when it happens.
As members of the John Maxwell Team, we will bring the leadership methodologies and procedures from the world’s #1 leadership expert (and pastor), John C. Maxwell, to your organization and church. You will learn how to apply the best leadership principles to yourself, your staff, and your congregation. From executive coaching to in-house assessment and training, we can help you build your team to steer through tough times or take on the next level of growth—and build a legacy for generational transition.
Let’s talk about this in more detail. Call us at 800-328-2390 or email Jody at jody@WeAreCaris.com. Or simply contact us here.