Mature Leaders

Few things are more dangerous than an immature leader.

An immature leader is like a grenade with the pin pulled. You don’t know when it will go off, but you know it will, and when it does it’s going to be messy.

I’ve come to deeply appreciate mature leaders and my respect for them rises quickly. Staff members who are mature are worth their weight in gold.

It’s okay to start immature, we all do, but at some point it’s time to grow up, and lead for the good of others.

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God has woven into creation seemingly opposite spiritual principles that when separated, can appear contradictory. For example, law and grace. They are in reality, perfectly paired and balanced so we can comprehend the full picture of who God is and the life He offers us.

In fact, they embody much of how we are to understand our relationship with God, as well as how we engage our spiritual leadership.

As leaders, it’s important that we understand these complex biblical ideas and are able to use them in our daily leadership of the people God has entrusted to us.

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The vast majority of churches grow by layers, not by leaps. Step by step, family by family, person by person rather than jumping by hundreds at a time. Because this is true, momentum is strengthened by the longevity of the pastor.

A longer pastoral tenure doesn’t guarantee greater spiritual results (growth and life change), but it sets the stage for it.

There is a strong correlation between pastoral longevity at a church, and the potential for that church to be healthy and growing.

Before we look at the ways to enhance a sustained tenure, let me outline good and bad reasons to leave.

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When it comes to church, revenue and redemption don’t feel very closely connected. Theologically speaking they aren’t, salvation is a free gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8) However, the contemporary church as we know it, doesn’t function without financial resources. Candidly, in every church I know, money is tight.

There never seems to be quite enough money and sometimes there is a significant shortfall. In fact, I’m not aware of one church that has so much money that they don’t know what to do with it all.

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