5 Simple Ways to Improve as a Church Leader

Episode #366
September 26, 2017
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Podcast Episode #366

Growing as a leader is important to grow in ministry. Today, we discuss a post by Sam Rainer on the five ways you can grow as a leader in the church.

Some highlights from today’s episode include:

  • Bad leaders are stingy with knowledge. Good ones share what they know.
  • One sign of insecurity is withholding information from others.
  • Don’t expect more effort from those you lead than what you’re willing to put in yourself.
  • The number one challenge of leaders is having followers.
  • For church staff members, encouragement from the senior pastor is critical.
  • Sometimes a leader needs to be a fire marshal, not a fire fighter.
  • Too much of church life is “fire fighting.”

The five ways you can improve as a church leader that we cover in this episode are:

  1. By sharing your knowledge.
  2. By raising the bar of expectations.
  3. By shifting from a discouraging posture to an encouraging posture.
  4. By becoming proactive change agents instead of reactive change agents.
  5. By encouraging cooperation rather than competition.

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