You’re a leader, and by a special God-given authority you’ve to energize your organization. This means finding ways to deal with assignments that appear as though they don’t have a chance of succeeding. It’s for you to diagnose these problems. Your responsibilities must not be seen as a power play, for you’re working for the welfare of the church. You aren’t carrying out a private agenda but are doing your job for the goodwill of all concerned. Vince Lombardi (1913–1970), a football player, best known as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers, wrote, “The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.” Thus, you have to realize like in football, every church member is gifted, and through their gifts there will be success.
People ought to be treated as adults. Listen carefully to them, and hear what they are saying. All things don’t necessarily work out as planned, but there’s always another point of view. It’s for you to motivate your workers to be happy about what they’re doing, and urge them to higher and higher levels of performance. That’s why it’s essential to keep tabs on the heartbeat of the group. In this way you’ll know more about each parishioner. By so doing you’ll be best able to promote the church’s growth, and parishioners’ competence. Take things a step at a time and build on each success.
Margaret Mead (1901–1978), a cultural anthropologist observed, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Committed leaders move their followers forward as they work at implementing what’s best for their congregations, and the world at large.
Lack of Control
Leaders must be people-oriented. In the church there’s no room for tyrants, bullies, or autocrats. With dictators organizations die. It’s the kiss of death even with benevolent leaders who lead by whim. Let leaders move away from being ego-centric, but democratic, and work in the interest of their flocks. Dr. Seuss (1904–1991), a writer and cartoonist warned, “Only you can control your future.” Spirit-filled leaders always lead in the best interests of their congregations.
Leaders’ role is to help people. To do so effectively they must take ample note of relationships within their churches. They should lead by example by changing outmoded methods that no longer works. They ought to stimulate growth by expressing their sincere beliefs in humanity. Let parishioners be energized by their apostolic zeal. By the Holy Spirit they would move away from the narrowness of self-absorption. In so doing, they will motivate others for the general good.
Lee Haney (b. 1959), a former professional bodybuilder said, “Exercise to stimulate, not to annihilate. The world wasn’t formed in a day, and neither were we. Set small goals and build upon them.” Haney’s message is encouraging. Some may look for giant steps to be successful, but it’s always wise to remember good results may often come in small doses. Your goals as leaders are to build on little achievements until projects are successful. Remember, “Strive and persevere when the going is rough, because at the end of every dark cloud there may well be a silver lining.”