Starting well in your first year is so important for the long run of your leadership.
In your first year of ministry, it is more important to focus on your internal adjustments more than external accomplishments.
I’m sure I did this backwards for a season. (Probably longer than I’d like to admit.)
I was so excited to reach people for Jesus and driven for results that when margins were thin, my default was results, not my personal growth.
Soon enough, fortunately, both were happening, growing under John Maxwell’s incredible mentoring and seeing the church grow.
However, because in those early years, I didn’t make as many of the internal adjustments as my coach pointed me toward, I actually slowed my growth for a while.
Internal adjustments are things like leading by values rather than leading by pressure, overcoming insecurities, wanting more for people than from people, developing and empowering leaders rather than just being busy doing ministry, and the list goes on.
I’m writing this post as if I could sit with you, in your first year of ministry leadership, regardless of your age, and help get you started in the best way possible. (Or play a little catch-up if needed.)
Or perhaps if you are now a supervisor or coach of leaders, this post may be helpful to you as you get new leaders started well.
Let’s agree on something.
Results matter. Reaching more people for Christ is the mission. But if you don’t lead yourself well, you can’t lead others well. Start there.Read More