Think of your first opportunity in ministry. You were fired-up, enthusiastic, and ready to take on the world! We all start that way or close to it! After all, you said yes! Right?! You said yes to God, and yes to a leader who invited you on the team. Even if you were a little nervous or unsure, you were in!

Even with a great start it’s surprisingly easy for your passion for ministry to fade. It can become common place, and routine. It’s not uncommon for a leader to slide into a comfortable zone and not realize it. This often leads to status quo and complacency. In time, this skews your perspective, and eventually your heart is no longer on fire to serve!

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It’s lonely at the top. There is an element of truth to that, but it’s more about decision-making, weight of leadership, and responsibility. It’s not actually or literally about being alone.

We were never designed to lead alone.

It’s common for many pastors, and leaders in general, to attempt to lead from isolation. Candidly it’s easier to lead alone in the short term, but it’s never a good idea. The truth is, you can lead from isolation, just not long and not well.

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The entire Bible is the source of truth for every Christian leader, but we all have our favorite verses. Our special “go to” scriptures that guide, inspire, and keep us on track. The verses that help us keep going and growing. I’m sharing mine with you. These are the scriptures I lean into, as well as use to help develop young leaders.

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I’ve had the opportunity to know some of the most incredible leaders behind the scenes. They all have one thing in common. They do not live what most people might consider a balanced life. At least not in the conventional understanding of “balanced”.

The common and popular notion of “balanced” allows us to imagine a Monday through Friday workweek that runs from 9am to 5pm. We think of dinner being always on the table at 6pm, then family time, and a full 8 hours of sleep every night. We imagine getting our chores completed on Saturday, and a set time for exercise 4 times a week.

Whereas leaders, especially church leaders, don’t live like that. In fact, leaders would experience even more stress if they had to compress their life into that schedule.

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