Wisdom and perspective is gained best by experience. As a young pastor I’ve encountered so many new ministry experiences (some good, some bad) this past year. I thought I’d share a few insights I have gained and share a few of the lessons I’ve learned. Here ya go.
There just isn’t enough time to make every great idea a reality, so choose the ideas that will make the most difference.
People aren’t nearly as spiritual as you think. Be patient, walk in love and don’t lose it when they respond in a way that disappoints you.
There’s a big difference in being a minister and being a leader. Ministry can be done by anyone, leadership not so much.
The harder you work the easier you need to rest. Rest is biblical. God wired us for rest so we would stay sane. Rest is not the same as lazy. It’s intentional.
Being a good steward means making decisions that not everyone approves of. As a leader, if your focus is “make everyone happy” over “do the right thing” then you won’t be leading long.
Transitioning from do-it-yourself to train-and-trust-others isn’t as easy as you’d think.
Sometimes where people want to serve isn’t always where they should be serving. It’s much better to position them right from the start than to transition them somewhere different later.
If you want something to be excellent, keep the team tight. Unity, gifts, trust and ethics are vital. Be selective. Even Jesus hand picked 12. Sometimes that means you tell somebody no.
There’s a fine line between being creative and being gimmicky. Gimmicks are a thing of the past (and good riddance). The church is hungry for authentic and creative.
People like change, but healthy change. Communicate clearly the what, when, why and how of change as much as possible. Clarity will always improve how change is perceived and accepted.
It’s not real love if you only love when it’s convenient for you. Love sticks around no matter what.
There is so much more to share, but this will do for now. 2011 was definitely a year of experience, growth and perspective for me. There were ups and downs, proud moments and disappointments, lots of laughing and lots of crying. There was failure and there was learning.
I believe that God doesn’t waste time, it’s much too valuable. The key is to learn in and learn from everything. Don’t waste life’s moments. Stay teachable, stay humble and God will take you far.
Keep it real, but believe God for the impossible.