Leadership is a topic we hear discussed often, but it easily gets complicated. People earn PhDs on the very topic. It has gotten a bit muddy, though. So much talk about it has resulted in the word meaning less and less. Let’s get back to it causing some meaning.
What are some basic keys for pastors, in particular, to lead well?
- Engage the congregation in theological reflection.
We often speak of concrete action steps for sermon application, but rarely discuss reflection of theology. Let’s remember that theology is deep, and reflection is needed. Engage the congregation in this time of reflection. Encourage it.
- Continue in personal development.
Go to a conference or two. Read some strategic books to help you. If you want to lead well, you will experience development on a consistent basis.
- Think bigly.
I wanted to use the word “bigly” almost as much as the word “huuuuuuuge.” In all seriousness, be a big thinker. If you want to lead to a higher level, you must think at a higher level.
- Lead from the front.
Here’s a little example of this: I want our church to show that guests are to be treated like VIPs. If that’s the case, we need to reserve parking spaces just for them. Furthermore, leave other spaces that are closer to the front for people who actually need them.
So, in order to lead from the front, I park in the back of the lot. It’s a little thing, but a church member even made mention of it to me yesterday how they appreciated it. This is leading from the front.
- Invest in others.
Pour into people. Are your lunches strategically scheduled to invest in others? Build relationships. People matter!
- Value accountability
People who devalue accountability usually reflect a lack of desire to experience a life above reproach. We all need accountability. Value it.
- Care for core values and mission.
Protect your core values. Point people toward them. Live your mission. If you don’t, nobody will.
I hope these seven keys will help you lead at another level!
Have any additional keys of leadership? Let me know about them in the comment section below.