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4 Leadership Secrets They Don’t Tell You at Conferences

People want to be a part of leading growing, dynamic churches. We listen to conference speakers (or read blogs like this!) and we get the impression that it’s all fun and games.

However, the reality is that leading any organization that is making a difference in the culture around us has its tough aspects.

Here are some attributes of leading in growing churches that I don’t often hear people talking about:

1. Successful Failures.

Things go wrong … you’re going to attempt things that don’t work out the way you wanted them to. High performing teams see failure all the time and they seek to learn from every failure.

Rather than avoiding failure, these teams embrace it as a robust learning experience.

“Don’t waste a crisis.” When something goes wrong, lean in and try to learn from this experience. 

2. Resentment Management.

Things aren’t fair … as a leader you see lots of injustice and inequity in your organization.

For some reason, some projects get better funded than others.

Certain team members get a “special deal” that is different than other people.

High performing leadership teams know that we can’t balance out everyone’s needs in the organization. These imbalances can create resentments in us and our people.

Your leadership team’s ability to manage resentment will be a limiting factor to growth and development.

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Rich serves as Operations Pastor at Liquid Church in the Manhattan facing suburbs of New Jersey. He blogs at UnSeminary.com and is a sought after speaker and consultant on multisite, pastoral productivity and communications.