4 Keys to Gaining Respect as a Church Leader, by Ty Tamasaka
Respect is gained over a period of time, but can be lost in an instant. Below are 4 keys I believe are important to gaining respect as a church leader.
1 – Be approachable. As we continuing to grow as a leader, it’s important we don’t get so caught up in rushing from one task to another that we are not approachable. I’m learning these days to walk slower in church and not be in such a rush all the time. Be approachable.
2 – Be coachable. As we grow in leadership, it’s important to continuing to grow as a follower. A good church leader is a good follower. To be growing as a church leader, it is important to honor those in leadership above us – even if we don’t agree with the decisions they make. Be coachable.
3 – Be above-reproachable. It’s important to maintaining integrity in leadership. As a church leader, it’s key to be a man or woman of high character. Be honest. Protect your credibility. Don’t just tell people what you think they want to hear. Speak with grace and truth to others. Be dependable. Keep your word. Be approachable. Set a good example for others. Be above-reproachable.
4 – Be an encourager – I’ve read about a practice taught by John Maxwell called the 30-second rule. He points out that when most people meet others, they search for ways to make themselves look good. The key is to reverse this practice. When making contact with people, instead of focusing on yourself, search for ways to make them look good. Be an encourager.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book Starting Fresh: Following Jesus on the Adventure of a Lifetime in addition to More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.