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How to Lead Through Crisis

Unfortunately, without first having a clear understanding of where you are and an accurate picture of your current reality, your next step will most likely be a misstep.

Oftentimes, it’s impossible to get a clear picture of reality because you’re in it—and you need someone from the outside to help you who has “fresh eyes.”

4. Outlast your critics.

Perseverance is a highly underrated leadership tactic. It may not be sexy, but it is necessary.

Everyone has fans and everyone has critics. You need to learn to listen to the right people. Otherwise, you’ll drift toward people-pleasing and the church will suffer from mission creep.

5. Don’t mistake kindness for weakness.

Often, kindness is confused with weakness in church leaders. In the middle of crisis, kindness is needed, but so is clear, strong, consistent leadership.

Don’t confuse kindness and weakness.  

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Paul Alexander, a ministry consultant at the Unstuck Group and has more than 20 years of experience serving in the local church. He has served on the Sr. Leadership Teams of some of the nation’s leading mega-churches. Currently, Paul is serving as the Executive Pastor at Sun Valley Community Church, a large multi-site church located in the Phoenix area.