This topic is adapted from the Catalyst Leader YouTube channel.
Work Toward Only Doing What Only You Can Do
Most pastors have to start out being generalists and wearing a bunch of hats in ministry. The faster you can move toward only doing what only you can do, the more impact you can have. Many people spend too much time doing too many things with mediocre results. Most people are good at a couple of things, maybe a few things, so learn to equip and train others at what you are not good at doing.
The Sooner You Find Your Sweet Spot, the Better Leader You Will Be
You have got to find your sweet spot. The quicker you can have a schedule that allows you to be in your sweet spot, the more effective leader you will be. Quit doing what you are not good at and spend most of your time doing what you were created and gifted to do.
God Cares about This Church More than You Do, so Relax
When we remember that Jesus is the head of the church and that he loves the church more than we ever could, we can relax and trust more in him and less in ourselves.
Ephesians 1:22 God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church.
Ephesians 5:25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her
Ministry Is a Marathon, Not a Sprint
In order to make it over the long haul of ministry, one must learn to develop the pace of a long distance runner and not a sprinter. Ministry is a long and often difficult race. Leaders that last see it as a marathon and not a sprint. Hebrews 12:1 tells us to run the race with endurance.
Have More Faith in God
Leaders often feel the need and the pressure to accomplish ministry by their own strength and power. Part of this is due to their overconfidence in themselves and their underconfidence in God. Have more faith in God. He is the only one who can do real change in people’s lives. Jesus had to remind his first disciples in Luke 8:22-25 that they could put their faith in him through the storms of life.
Journal Stories Earlier
God continually told his people to remember what he has done. Effective leaders write down the lessons they have learned in order to remind themselves of how great God is and what he has done. Psalm 77:11 is a prime example of remembering what God has done.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Share the many hats that you have had to wear in ministry.
- What gets in the way of you finding your “sweet spot”?
- Read Ephesians 1:22 and 5:25 and share how these verses could help you relax more in ministry.
- Hebrews 12:1 talks about running the race with endurance. What is your natural ministry running pace and how can you adjust it so that you can finish the race?
- Read Luke 8:22-25 and share in what areas you tend to lack faith in God.
- After reading Psalm 77:11 share some of the wonderful ways God has showed-up in your life.
- Looking back, what is one lesson you have learned that you could share with others.
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.