Step into my office for a moment.
I’m going to peel back the curtain, and bring you behind the scenes into the church world.
If you are a pastor, none of this is new, but if you are a church attender you might not realize any of this.
Pastors want to reach people for Jesus (to which you roll your eyes and say, “Duh! Isn’t that obvious?).
Most are willing to do anything short of sinning to reach the lost. Praise the Lord they carry this burden and passion.
In this never ending quest to do more, reach more, and get better pastors read leadership books, go to leadership conferences, and hire leadership coaches. Hear me very clearly. None of this is wrong.
Leadership is a wonderful tool given by God to make everyone better.
Yet despite all of its benefits there are leadership myths that periodically resurface. These are the unspoken, not mentioned myths that rattle around in a pastor’s brain, and they need to be corrected.
Myth 1: Leadership will fix my church.
Pastors preach about depending upon the Holy Spirit on Sunday. Then rely upon the well of leadership on Monday.
While that is an oversimplification, the truth still stands. Churches are fueled more by the latest TED talks, leadership books, or podcasts than by prayer, fasting, and studying.
I do not say this from a place of judgement, because I too am guilty of the very same negligence.
If I could remind all pastors (and myself), leadership won’t fix your church. The Holy Spirit will. Lean more on Him than anything else.
Myth 2: Better leadership makes a better me.
Leadership changes the way you interact with people externally. It does not and cannot change what’s happening internally.
This is why pastors fail so often.
They fixed their outward leadership, grew their church, and developed people. While the entire time their mental and emotional health was deteriorating.
Every ounce of success felt less like achievement and more life suffocation until the cracks started to show. Eventually leading to their own demise.
Leadership won’t fix you, your pastor, or your friend.
Jesus, counseling, and true Biblical community do that.
Pastors need to start focusing on emotional and mental health not just leadership skills.
Myth 3: Talent equals leadership
This myth ensnares everyone in positions of authority.
So-and-so is talented at x,y, or z. They must be a good leader
As a church attender you occasionally see this reality. Your pastor might preach as good as Billy Graham, but his leadership skills are atrocious.
Talent occasionally equals great leadership, but often it simply means they are good at a specific skill.
The best guitarist don’t always make the best worship leaders;
the finest speakers don’t always make the greatest staff leader;
and the most organized doesn’t always mean the best manager.
Leadership is a skill developed over time that even naturally talented people have to work on.
Myth 4: Leadership isn’t important.
By this point you are wondering, “Does Chris hate leadership?”
No! Absolutely not!
I am eternally grateful for people like Andy Stanley, Kara Powell, Jon Acuff, Cheryl Bachelder, and Carey Nieuwhof. These men and women are regularly investing in businesses and churches across the world. Their leadership wisdom creates regular kingdom impact.
Poor leadership quickly erodes the health of a church.
Anyone who doesn’t value leadership is missing a key component to make the church better.
Despite its value, we must never worship at the altar of leadership as the solution for all our problems.
Can you think of anymore leadership myths you have seen?