4 Leadership Dynamics in Growing Churches They Don’t Talk About at Conferences
People want to be a part of leading growing dynamic churches. We listen to conference speakers (or read blog like this!) and we get the impression that it’s all fun and games. However, the reality is that leading any organization that is making a difference in the culture around us has it’s tough aspects. Here are some attributes of leading in growing churches that I don’t often hear people talking about:
Successful Failures // Things go wrong … you’re going to attempt things that don’t work out the way you wanted them too. High performing teams see failure all the time and they seek to learn from every failure. Rather than avoiding failure these teams embrace it as a robust learning experience. “Don’t waste a crisis.” When something goes wrong lean in and try to learn from this experience.
Resentment Management // Things aren’t fair … as a leader you see lots of injustice and inequity in your organization. For some reason some projects get better funded than others. Certain team members get a “special deal” that is different than other people. High performing leadership teams know that we can’t balance out everyone’s needs in the organization. These imbalances can create resentments in us and our people. Your leadership team’s ability to manage resentment will be a limiting factor to growth and development.
Pain Tolerance // “You’ll only grow as far as your pain tolerance.” – Sam Chand. Church leadership is painful. Our resources are always less than the needs we are attempting to meet. We see the inside of people’s lives as they are in their darkest hour. Navigating the complexities of leading in any human development organization is tough. Pain is a constant companion for leadership teams in growing churches. This pain keeps us relying on Jesus and draws us closer to him as we lead!
Safety Avoidance // As a church grows it becomes harder and harder to take faith based risks. The stakes become higher and decisions that used to be feel exciting now feel way too risky. Leadership teams of growing churches actively look for ways to take risks that require faith. At some point every leadership team has the choice to take a safer road or risk it all and blaze a new trail. Complacency is a temptation of leadership teams in growing churches. Leadership teams of dynamic churches actively seek out the riskier road.