One of the biggest mistakes that I have seen church leaders make is to walk into a situation and assume that the people who they are leading are on the same page. This tends to lead to conflict and confusion down the road when the leader starts moving in a direction that no one understands at best and no one supports at worst. The resulting domino effect is both heart wrenching and head pounding. This can be avoided, to some extent, with the proper preparation and cultivation. I want to cover some principles in the next couple of posts.
1. Understand that while you may be God’s called leader don’t assume that everyone will follow you solely or recognize your leadership. The church is complex and while you may be in a leadership position it takes many people leading to get a congregation moving in the same direction. Your church may be elder led or deacon led or staff led but the key is that whoever is in your circle is leading other people. If they support you they will lead others to support you. But to be able to support you they must understand and buy into what you are doing. Remember they do not think like you. They are not inside your head. You bear the responsibility of communicating not only your vision but the building blocks of your vision.
It is awesome to have a idea burdening your heart develop the vision and then cast it. It is quite discouraging, however, to see a bunch of blank faces staring back at you after you are finished. What is possibly a more effective approach is to take the idea develop it and then go back to what sparked the idea. And walk your leaders through it slowly. If they can see each step along the way they will not feel lost, in fact they will feel included and invested int he idea and they will in turn sell it to the people that look to them for leadership.
Tomorrow I will discuss some ways that you can cultivate the thoughts in your leadership.