12Stone Church

Very large churches are sometimes accused of being shallow. A mile wide and an inch deep. There is certainly truth to that potential, but I have found that many of the driving characteristics that allowed a church to become 2,000 or more people, or 10,000 or more, include a discipline and depth that brings much integrity to their ministry.

Nonetheless, the risk of shallow is a real one.

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Leaders think differently than non-leaders. Leaders perceive life differently, they process experiences differently, and clearly remain out in front of the pack.

To lead the way, you have to be out in front. You don’t have to be out in front in everything within the church or organization you lead, but definitely regarding the most important priorities that will help the church grow and keep it healthy. People who are out in front think differently than those who follow. That does not indicate that leaders are better than followers, but it does mean they’re different and it definitely means they think differently.

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I love coaching young leaders and one thing is true for sure, they are eager to rise in their level of responsibility. That’s a good thing. Most leaders (of any age) want to excel, be productive, and make a difference. They want to rise in leadership! Knowing when that should happen is a very artful process requiring wisdom and discernment.

Giving more responsibility too quickly can hurt a young leader and cause a set-back in their growth.

Giving more responsibility too slowly can frustrate a young leader and cause them to lead beneath their ability, and possibly affect their team spirit.

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Everyone can’t be lead in the same way. When leading one person, more direction, or follow-up may be perfectly appropriate and needed, but for another, it’s micromanagement.

If someone is new to the team, or learning a new skill, or perhaps slipping in commitment and does not seem to have their head and heart fully in the game, staying closer to them and their work is needed. That is not micromanagement, its good leadership. The point however, is not to catch them messing up, it is to coach them so they improve.

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