We were in Ocho Rios, Jamaica and signed up for the 1,000 ft. waterfall climb (Dunn’s River Falls), set in the beautiful and natural Jamaican countryside.

The falls were huge with fast moving water over large boulders. But the naturally-terraced waterfall terrain created pools of water that made the climb relatively easy. Well, mostly easy. There were a few scraped ankles and bruised toes, but we all made it up in good shape!

The Jamaican guide instructed us to hold hands and form this long line of people connected like a rope – the rope being made of our hands and arms. It was counterintuitive at first, but it was only when we let go and picked our own rocks to climb, did a few of us slip, fall or scrape a knee.

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It’s troubling to see a gifted and talented leader give up a lifetime of ministry for a moment of temptation. We all face temptation, and saying no is not always easy. None of us as leaders will escape this challenge. But how you handle your temptation will determine, to a great degree, the effectiveness and longevity of your ministry.

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Jenni Catron

Note From Dan: Jenni Catron is a friend and sharp leader. I’m fired up about her guest post today! Her experience as a church leader, and mentor to leaders, brings wisdom and practical insight to us all. Her new book is titled: The Four Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership: The Power of Leading from Your Heart, Soul, Mind and Strength. Highly recommended… and now here’s some wisdom from Jenni.

Leadership is hard.  It’s a difficult calling and responsibility.  If I finish my life and haven’t left a mark or made an impact that was significant to another person’s life, I won’t be content with that.  It’s my “holy discontent,” the term Pastor Bill Hybels has coined to describe the deep passion within us that moves us to make a difference.  My holy discontent is to be an extraordinary leader.  I want to jump out of my skin, inspired, when I see an extraordinary leader in action.  I want to go into hiding and never emerge again when I fail remarkably in critical leadership moments.

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No one like rules, but without them life is no more than chaos.

No one likes to be told what to do, but without submission to authority we experience confusion, disorder, and misalignment.

The local church is the poster child for gathering individuals who want to do what is right in their own eyes.

Enter policies.

The truth is that we need policies. Staff policies, finance policies, security policies, and the list goes on. We may not like them, but we need these guidelines, fences and boundaries that not only help us move together as an aligned team, but protect us from wasting time, effort and energy.

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