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Four Things to Remember About Those We Lead

July 1, 2013 2 Comments

As church leaders we are passionate about God’s call in our lives. If you are like me, you eat it, sleep it, and breathe it. No matter what you might be doing at the moment you find thoughts of your calling are never very far away. 

 

Photo by LightTruth - Creative Commons

Photo by LightTruth – Creative Commons

That passion is a great thing. We should be fully committed to God’s calling. The salvation of many may depend on us living it  out. 

 However with that passion, comes a great danger. We can become so consumed with the mission that we overlook those we lead. They easily become nothing more than resources to get the job done. 

 

“Those employees aren’t numbers. They’re not just data. They’re moms and dads. They’re college students with dreams. They’re high school kids learning the value of hard work and “my pleasure.” They’re people just like me with hopes and fears and goals and friends and family.” From the blog post  It’s Personal by Dan Cathy 

 

Although Dan Cathy is talking about his employees at Chick-fil-a the principle is the same.

 As leaders we must never forget that those we lead are important and precious to God and that he is madly passionately in love with them. (Tweet This) We need to care for them the same way. 

 

I pray I never forget:

  1.  Those I lead are precious to God.
  2.  Those I lead go through struggles of life and I am called to help them through.
  3.  Part of my role is to help them discover and prepare for their calling, not mine. 
  4.  There is a great chance there time with me will be short. I am helping prepare them for the next phase of their call. 

 

The people I lead are moms and dads. They’re college students with dreams. They are just like me with hopes, fears and dreams and I get the joy to play a small role in helping them live it to the fullest. 

 

Your voice is important; I would love to hear from you.

What do you need to remind yourself about those you lead?

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About the Author:

I am enthusiastic about helping others discover their purpose and grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is great to see their eyes light up at their “Ah Ha!” moment when they discover they were created for something more. My hope is that this blog will help encourage and inspire you along your way. Join the conversation and take the time to share with me your own story. I have been married to my beautiful wife Janice for over 25 years. We currently live in Stockbridge Georgia with two of our children Matt and Victoria. Our oldest Chris has left the nest. Of course we cannot forget about our dog Taffy.
  • http://www.chashutch.com/ Charles Hutchinson

    Great post and a great reminder. I lead a blended and very dynamic family and extended family with young and not so young people with hurts and issues. Being of different ages, upbringing and beliefs, it is imperative that I remember that they are each precious to God. Sometimes, through all the struggles and messiness, knowing that He is passionate about each of them is what keeps me sane. – Sorry for rambling, you struck a chord. – Blessings.

    • http://www.jonstallings.com/ Jon Stallings

      Hi Charles, I am glad the post struck a chord (I hope it was in tune). I have work at remembering to keep the doing of ministry / leadership in the right perspective. It really is about the people we serve and those who serve. Thanks for taking time to post.