We are in a transition season at NCC. One set of Proteges have departed for their great next calling, and another set has moved into the neighborhood for a year. It’s always a time for reflection on my own leadership– what I’m doing well, where I need to grow, what I need to be learning. Here are just a few of the lessons I find myself repeating often this time of year– reminders to the outgoing class and challenges to the incoming class– but that I also desperately need to hear myself.
- Do the little things like they are the big things and don’t make a big deal about it.
- Follow well. Humility is a magnet for God, and He tends to position people who have postured themselves in a place of service and respect for those who lead them. Serve the vision of another the way you hope others will serve your vision one day.
- Cultivate curiosity. Be an aggressive learner. Approach every person you meet as a mentor from whom you can learn something.
- Develop thick skin but keep a soft heart. We often allow the opposite to develop (thin skin and hard heart). Don’t let criticism pierce you unless it passes through the truth of Scripture first. Keep your heart soft and open towards people.
- Make disciples. That’s the top priority. And it’s hard work. We have to make them, not simply find them.
- God’s glory is the only sustaining motivation for ministry. We may have come into ministry because we love people, feel called, know we are gifted, love to lead, saw a need, etc. All very noble and valid reasons for coming into ministry, but they won’t keep you there. We must do what we do because we are determined to make Jesus famous in our generation.
- Work hard, play hard, rest hard. It’s not about striking a balance; it’s about finding the right rhythm. Sometimes that rhythm changes so I need to be intentional about it.
What is God teaching you?