This is the 4th post in a series of posts about critical leadership lessons I’ve learned as a Children’s Pastor. These lessons are in no particular order, but you can see the previous three here:
- Lesson #1: The Most Important Person In Your Ministry Is . . . YOU!
- Lesson #2: Being A Children’s Pastor Is Not About The Kids
- Lesson #3: Ministry Happens Best In The Context of Relationships…Period
Critical Children’s Ministry Leadership Lesson #4:
“Everything rises & falls on leadership.” John Maxwell
I learned this from my days serving as Children’s Pastor for John Maxwell. Actually, if I were honest, I’d have to admit that I really only learned it as head-knowledge way back then. It’s been through 25 years of seeing it played out in experience that I’ve actually learned this truth.
And it IS absolutely true! Another way of putting it is like this:
“Your ministry will only rise to the level that you and your leaders can take it.”
(I am assuming that we are NOT taking God out of the picture – of course the movement of God is the primary force in anything we do and a growing relationship with Him is central, but He typically moves through leaders).
This is true in any situation, regardless of size, location, culture, structure or any other factor. Leadership matters.
And if this is true, then what is the single most important thing you can focus on in your ministry? Developing leadership – in yourself and in your team.
- What is your plan for personal leadership growth?
- What are you doing to develop leaders around you?
Remember that leadership growth does not happen in a day, but rather it happens daily. Everyday there needs to be an investment in personal and corporate leadership growth. And if you grow yourself and your team as leaders, you will grow your ministry. Plain and simple, I’ve never seen any other result from true leadership growth. How are you doing that?
Need some help? I would recommend you start by reading two of John Maxwell’s earliest books, which are still two of the best, most practical books on this topic:
This entire blog is about leading well, so be sure to explore and find additional articles about this critical area of your ministry.
What have you learned about leadership in your ministry?
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