Ministry Monday: Delegating Without Fear

 Delegating

 

Ministry is one of those things that was meant to be done in community. A team will outperform an individual every time. Working on a team increases productivity, improves results, and makes the whole experience more fun. But it’s important to remember that being on a team requires trust. As leaders, we carry the weight of responsibility directly on our shoulders. To trust our teammates to come along side us to carry that burden is to delegate without fear. Loosening our grip and delegating tasks will take our ministries and churches to the next level, but that is often easier said than done.

When we delegate, we should do so with intention. Delegation is not a way to shirk responsibilities or to pass along onerous tasks; instead, it’s a method by which we can empower our team and foster growth. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you seek to delegate well. (more…)

Maintaining A Corner Man Mentality

Corner Man

The next characteristic of an invisible leader is a good reminder of the previous two: being famous vs. being great and not holding too tightly to relationships.

In order to do those two things well, it’s important to maintain a corner man mentality.

If you’re familiar with boxing, you probably know who I’m referring to when I use the term “corner man.” For those of you who don’t watch boxing, or haven’t divulged in the Rocky series, a corner man is the guy in the corner of the ring of a boxing match. Both boxers get their own corner man — you know, the guy with the water bottle and the towels, gluing Mayweather’s eye closed between rounds.

But the corner man is more than just a glorified water boy. Even though he’s not the one throwing punches, the fight could not be won without the corner man. (more…)

Ministry Monday: Open Doors and Divine Opportunities

Opportunities

A few months ago, I wrote a blog about the difference between your call and your assignment. In that post, I shared the journey I have been on through my relationship with God, specifically over the last two years. I have been a youth pastor, a lead pastor, a salesman, and a coach over the course of my career, but each assignment has strengthened my relationship with God. My assignment has changed over the years, but my call has remained the same.

Part of this journey, however, has been learning to hear the voice of God when he changes that assignment. Not every open door is a divine appointment. When you are investing in yourself and investing in success, exciting opportunities will present themselves. Other people will see how hard you are working; your commitment to excellence will be visible to the people around you. As a result, opportunities will come your way. It is your job, however, to determine which leaps are worth taking.

I believe these decisions will impact your relationship with God in a significant way. I don’t believe you can be disqualified from your assignment based on one wrong choice, but I do believe that the decisions we make have a substantial impact on our ability to become who God is calling us to be. Here are a few things to consider when trying to determine whether your open door is actually a divine opportunity. (more…)

Why You Should Loosen Your Grip On Relationships

Relationships

 

Last week, we talked about the importance of impact versus recognition. I mentioned a podcast episode by Andy Stanley, one where he talks about becoming a Beyond You leader. The next characteristic of an Invisible Leader goes hand-in-hand with that idea.

Don’t hold too tightly to relationships.

Now, don’t misinterpret what I mean by that. When I say “loosen your grip” on relationships, I don’t mean you shouldn’t invest in the people around you. Don’t be afraid to get to know your team in a meaningful way. However, don’t get so close that you can’t let go. (more…)