5 Key Self-Reflections for Leadership Growth

I’ve Been Thinking…

Every #kidmin, #stumin, and #fammin leader wants their ministry to grow. I believe God wants your ministry to grow as well. In order for our ministries to children to grow, we must be willing to grow in our leadership abilities. Individual growth always comes before corporate growth.

The number one key to growth as a leader is evaluation. Change will never take place without constant evaluation. If you don’t identify ways that you can grow as a leader, you’ll never reach your next level. How to you do this? I’m glad you asked that question. Make time to think about your life and ministry on a regular basis! “Jim, I think about this all the time.” No ,you think about what to do, not how you are doing it. You think about problems more than you think about answers. You can’t get to where you are going if you don’t know where you are. Let’s look at five areas we should evaluate on a regular basis.

Area number one: Your relationship with Christ. A great question I ask my self is this… Has there ever been a time in my life that I was more in love with Jesus than I am right now? My walk with God is not about what I do; it’s all about what Jesus did for me. For a guy that believes we are not saved by works, I evaluate my relationship with Christ with performance-based criteria. The truth is I have to remind myself to evaluate my walk by how I surrender rather than what I do. Am I listening to the Word and choosing it in every area of my life? Am I worshipping Him for who He is, not for what He does for me? Am I modeling His nature and character in my choices and taking every thought captive and making it obedient to Christ?

Area two: How’s your attitude? Here are some questions I ask myself on a regular basis. Do I have the heart of a servant? Have I made my pastor look good this week? Have I made my pastor’s life easier this week? Am I an asset or a liability to my pastor? Am I a team player? What is my attitude about others around me? Am I grumbling and complaining? Am I enjoying the trip? Do I have a heart after God? Am I thinking about me and my wants too much?

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Jim Wideman
Jim Wideman is an internationally recognized voice in children’s and family ministry. He is a much sought after speaker, teacher, author, personal leadership coach, and ministry consultant who has over 30 years experience in helping churches thrive. Jim created the Children’s Ministers Leadership Club in 1995 that is known today as "theClub" which has touched thousands of ministry leaders each month. Jim believes his marching orders are to spend the rest of his life taking what he has learn about leadership and ministry and pour it into the next generation of children’s, youth, and family ministry leaders.

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