Why Your Church Needs More Leadership Honesty

Have you ever asked yourself that question?

About a year and a half ago, I began getting a picture of some major shifts that needed to take place in my leadership. They were big ones. 

And the clearer those shifts became, the more I found myself asking myself: “Do I have what it takes?”

Fast forward 18 months – today – March 30, 2012.  

 For now, I’ll skip getting into all the details of what’s transpired, but I will tell you that this past year and a half has been one of the most energizing, clarifying, and invigorating seasons of leadership I’ve ever experienced. More on that later…

But here are a couple of things I’ve learned that might help some of you.

Don’t think that you are the only one asking this question.

 I’m convinced that the majority of (if not all) leaders who are leading anything that requires internal growth and change all have moments when they find themselves asking this question.

I also think it’s complete bull that most of them never get honest about it and aren’t willing to (at some point) share about their journey through it with those they’re leading.

Listen…people need to hear this. It will be a great help to them!

They need to hear that there will be times when you will doubt whether or not you truly do have what it takes to lead. There will be times when you will wonder if you’ve hit your lid and need to move on so that you don’t become a lid for your organization/church/whatever.

You aren’t crazy. Just because you don’t always hear these types of things being talked about from the conference stage doesn’t mean that even the greatest leaders aren’t struggling with this question from time to time.

This is a good question, but I don’t think it’s necessarily the right question. 

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Scott Hodge
Scott Hodge serves as lead pastor of The Orchard Community in Aurora, IL, a missional church community journeying together to become more like Jesus and make a difference both locally and globally. Learn more about Scott at ScottHodge.org.