A tip for church leaders from Phil Pringle:
Successful leaders identify what gathers or scatters people; customers, clients, staff, congregation and leaders in the organisation.People gather to light, fire, beauty, sweet fragrance, excitement, success, celebration, where they are loved, respected, welcomed and recognized; laughter, vision, bold leadership, energy, high skill, courage, the new, the clever, the excitingly different, the well done, gifts, generosity and mercy.
People are scattered from rudeness, coldness, darkness, boredom, ugliness, bad odors, chaos, failure, depression and judgment.
Which list are you?
Stepping out with you,
So what happens when you are a leader, and you do get depressed? Some highly successful leaders and people suffer from depression. Ex Victorian Premier Jeff Kennet and Comedian/Actor Gary MacDonald are two highly successful people who have put their weight behind ‘Beyond Blue’, a national non-profit organisation that deals with depression and anxiety disorders in Australia.
Or what happens when you are a leader and you fail? Like well known example Abraham Lincoln who became US President after losing eight elections, failing twice in business, and suffering a nervous breakdown.
What if you are born ugly? What if you can’t afford nice clothes, or just don’t know how to dress well?
Do leaders need to always be positive, funny, entertaining, attractive and successful in life to attract people to Jesus? Are these the qualities we should look for in our leaders, or aspire to as leaders?
Can you serve God in leadership if you are fat, ugly, dressed badly and smell? (Hmm – that last one might be a real stumbling block.)
How much do these things matter? Clearly if you are marketing a product they work. Are they things that we should then focus on when developing leaders and churches to spread the gospel?
If so, what do we do then with the congregation members who can’t or won’t fit in? Are they being sinfully obstinate in their refusal to jump on board the positive vibe?