Bill Hybels consistently offers this refrain: “Leaders, the church needs you. The local church is the hope of the world, and its future rests primarily in the hands of its leaders.” His emphasis is that through pastoral leadership and the leadership of others within, the church will reach her full potential in this world.
I am committed to being the most effective pastoral leader I can be, given the gifts God has granted me. I am also committed to the development of leadership within our church and community. Together we can make a real difference in the Cross Plains community.
Recently Hybels shared four leadership points that are on his must do list for church leaders who want their church to make the greatest impact.
- Keep the vision clear. Proverbs 29:18 says—without a vision the people perish. Great leaders articulate clearly and consistently the church’s vision. Who are we? What are we about? What is our purpose here? When a vision lands in the hearts of people in the church, people start soaring in their spirits because there’s something worth investing in, praying for, giving toward.
- Get people engaged. Nehemiah 4:6 says—and all the people worked with all their hearts. Imagine that for a moment, every single person in the church working with all his or her heart. Can you imagine a church united for a common purpose? There is a difference between someone who passively agrees with the church’s vision and one who buys in and has an owning stake in that vision.
- Make your gatherings memorable. Another way of saying it, create meaningful church services. At Mt. Carmel, we want our Sunday worship times to be so memorable that people wouldn’t think of missing them. Acts 2:43 says—everyone kept feeling a sense of awe — as in holy, transcendent moments where the awareness God’s presence is clear. Though a tall task, that is our goal.
- Pace yourself for the long haul. The key verse here is 1 Corinthians 9:25—Run in such a way as to win the prize. Having served as pastor here for almost 30 years, I would like to finish the race with a church family that loves to be together, and loves to serve this community together, and ultimately stand in front of Jesus at the end having grown into His likeness. I would like to run this race of life well. Wouldn’t you?
I too believe that the local church is the hope of the world. So I pray that through our life and work together Mt. Carmel will reach her fullest potential.
Question: Do you consider yourself a leader in the church? What can you do so Mt. Carmel (or your church) can make a lasting impact in the world?