Last week we learned that leaders are learners. The handy acronym L.E.A.D. can help you remember the four tenets of leadership:
Second, leaders are eager to engage with their people. I bet you know pastors who have gotten so burnt out that they become distant both from their staff and their flock. Sometimes they will even hire a go-between, such as an executive pastor, so that they don’t have to spend as much time in the trenches, dealing with problems and issues. While there’s nothing wrong with hiring help and changing the focus of your workload at various points in the life of your church, you can never let that cause you to disengage. Stay among the people. Otherwise, you’ll lose your feel for the pulse of your congregation.
One of the most important aspects of staying engaged is to stay on top of any potential conflict. As I’ve already mentioned, you should be prepared to run to conflict. Catch it in its earliest stages, before it has a chance to spread. If you don’t, it will splinter out of control and create multitudes of problems that could have been avoided with a little pro-activity.
Have you ever been driving along, minding your own business, when a rock pops up and hits your windshield? The small chip it creates is annoying, sure, but not much of a problem. It’s a quick and easy fix; any auto glass repair shop can fill the chip with glue and, like magic, it disappears. But if you don’t take the time to fix it early on, you know what happens. The chip starts to grow. Cracks start splintering out in every direction. The longer you ignore it, the worse it gets. Eventually, if the situation is left unaddressed, your whole windshield will be destroyed. The same reality applies to conflict in your church. If you address issues in their earliest stages, you can keep them from spreading and causing irreparable damage. Stay engaged with your people and meet problems head on, before they splinter out and create major issues.
– Nelson Searcy
Read part 1 of this post here.
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