One of the principles I learned early in ministry is, “Speed of the leader, speed of the team.” The idea behind this is that if you want your team to function or operate in a certain manner, the leader must be the one who first sets the example. So, because I want you to be open and honest, I will go first:
It is really difficult to be a leader in our current situation.
Before you start getting worried or start looking up that article you think I should read, let me explain a bit more. The job of a leader is to help move people from one place to another place, accomplishing clearly communicated goals along the way. During normal times, this is not a difficult of job to accomplish. However, we find ourselves in very uncertain times and leaders at all levels in our society are not quite sure what the future holds.
We live in a world where the critics, the skeptics, and the trolls have a larger platform then at any other time in history. The combination of social media along with our First Amendment rights to free speech have allowed us to express our opinions at any time regardless of whether they are informed, wise, well thought out, or even kind. This has allowed people who are not leaders (or not very good ones at least) the ability to critique that which they do not understand.
Let me make this clear, I am not experiencing large amounts of negativity or backlash for my leadership style. I am only pointing out the current climate we find ourselves in today. On this front, I feel very blessed by a church, a family, and many friends who run defense for me.
Leadership is so much simpler when your destination is in sight and the journey is not that long. However, that is not where we find ourselves today as a church. We are currently journeying through a season of life not knowing when this shutdown will be over, when we will be able to meet again as a church in person, or where we will end up meeting when all is said and done.
Through all of this there are a few things that I know that give me joy on this journey:
We belong to Christ. We are his body and his bride. He has always been there for us, is with us right now, and will not abandon us in the future.
Whatever is happening, we are a part of a church that loves each other. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is evident, and I don’t see this changing anytime soon.
The Bible says, “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). We are still able to preach the word. The more we preach; the more people will put their faith in Jesus Christ.
Even though we have so many questions right now, Jesus has the answers. None of this has caught him by surprise.
These are the things that bring me hope and peace. Keep walking by faith!
Love to all,
P.S. Join us this Sunday as we deal with the topic of faith in greater depth!
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