For the week of November 21, 2005
|By: Bruce Cole, lead pastor of Joy! Lutheran Church, G|
|One of my most important tasks as a lead pastor is to spend time learning from lead pastors who are three to five years ahead of me in terms of how God is molding and shaping the churches they lead to reach their full redemptive potential. Here are the common characteristics I see in these effective leaders:
1. An over-the-top, burning conviction that Jesus changes lives.
And here’s one more: The lead pastors of thriving churches from whom I’m learning have a bone-deep humility that is grounded in the core conviction that, after all, it’s a God thing. In the end, these leaders believe that the amazing growth and effectiveness of their churches is an act of God and has often occurred in spite of, not because of, their own leadership ability. Tom Bandy calls this the “inner work of leadership.” Tom offers a mentoring seminar on “The Inner Work of Leadership.” You can find out more by clicking this link: <AHREF=”HTTP: www.easumbandy.com seminarB3.html?>www.easumbandy.com/seminarB3.html<//a>.