When I was learning to drive, I lived in the country. Roads were narrow, one lane in each direction.
One of the first things you learn when driving in tight quarters is to keep your eye on the right edge of the road. The problem is that you tend to steer where you are looking. If your eyes are on the headlights coming at you, chances are high that you will steer your car right into the oncoming traffic.
What does this have to do with church leadership? What your leadership team focuses on and where you spend your energy will impact your entire congregation.
What are the basic things that we want every person in the pew to do?
My church puts it this way to help people have a balanced Christian life:
Additionally, we’d like people to be the same Tuesday at 2 p.m. that they are on Sunday at 10 a.m. We’d like them to tithe, and to take their problems to God instead of trying to make their own way.
Let’s think through some ways our activity as leaders can change the everyday outcomes for the people we serve:
All these options boil down to how you face life as a leadership team. Do you steer into the oncoming traffic, or keep your eyes on the road?
What opportunities do you face this week? What options do you have, and how might they impact the everyday lives of those you serve?
“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Cor. 11:1, NIV).
Kim Martinez is an ordained Assemblies of God pastor with a Masters of Theology from Fuller Seminary. She is a ministry and life development coach, and can be found online at www.deepimprints.com. She writes a weekly column for ministrytodaymag.com.