Wise Leaders Resist Convenience

Wise Leaders Resist ConvenienceToday’s guest post comes to us from Joseph LaLonde for ChurchPlants.com.

Wise leaders resist convenience. There are days when I long for my runs to be easy. I don’t want to feel like I taxed my body or pushed myself further than I thought I could go. I want my runs to be convenient.

And yet my runs aren’t convenient. Running can take away time from my wife or with friends. Running takes extra energy and effort. Going for a run may even require me to get wet or cold or too hot. There’s nothing convenient about running.

But I wouldn’t change this fact for anything. Convenience sounds nice, in theory. Yet if running were convenient, it wouldn’t stretch me and make me stronger. My muscles wouldn’t grow and I wouldn’t lose weight. I wouldn’t feel the accomplishment of finishing a half marathon.

Do you long for convenience in your leadership? You may want to rethink bringing convenience into the way you lead.

Convenience Is the Enemy

When you begin to look for convenience rather than impact, your leadership style changes. The way you lead goes from looking for ways to improve the lives of others to looking for ways to improve your life.

You stop thinking so much about others. You start to think more about yourself. And that’s dangerous for leaders!

Leadership is about the impact you can make on the lives of others. How you can help one person grow and expand their reach.

Convenience takes your mind off of what really matters: Touching lives.

Be cautious when you begin to seek convenience. Make sure you’re not desiring convenience just because it makes your life easier.

Instead, think about how the struggles you’re facing are making you a better leader. They’re challenging you to see new ways to lead. Struggles push you beyond your current boundaries and help you grow your leadership muscles.

Embrace the struggle. Embrace the challenge. And embrace the inconvenience.

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About Nelson Searcy

Nelson Searcy is an experienced church planter, coach and church growth strategist, working with churches in over 45 denominations. Nelson is also the Founding and Lead Pastor of The Journey Church, with locations across New York City and in San Francisco and Boca Raton, FL. He first developed the Assimilation System 10 years ago at the Journey Church and has since implemented and improved these strategies with over 3,000 churches across all sizes and denominations. He started coaching pastors in 2006 and has personally coached over 2100+ senior pastors, helping them break common growth barriers like 125, 250, 500, 1000 and beyond, all while maintaining personal life and ministry balance. As founder of Church Leader Insights and the Renegade Pastors Network, he has trained more than 50,000 church leaders (3,000+ church planters). He is the author of over 85 church growth resources and 17+ books, including Fusion: Turning First-Time Guests Into Fully-Engaged Members of Your Church and The Renegade Pastor: Abandoning Average in Your Life and Ministry. His continued mission is to help church leaders around the world cooperate with God in creating healthy, thriving churches. Nelson is married to Kelley and together they have one son, Alexander.

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