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Why I STOPPED Leading My Church and You Should, Too

A few weeks later, I heard from Jason again.

This time, he had a dream while he was sleeping. He saw me lying on the ground inside the worship center of our church. But the sanctuary wasn’t exactly there anymore—the foundation was there but all the walls were gone. When the members of the congregation saw me lying there, they followed suit—all of us on our backs facing the no-longer-there ceiling.

From our spot on the ground, we looked around at where the walls of the worship center had been. In their place were thousands of warring angels.

As he spoke the words to me, my jaw dropped. I could not believe it. 

I hung up the phone and began praying about this, when almost immediately, I got a text message. This time it was from a different man, but he had the exact same message. “I just saw a vision of thousands of angels all around the sanctuary. They were surrounding the place.”

I didn’t even know how to respond.

God took me out of my place of leadership, away from the pulpit, to teach me a serious lesson.

I am not the leader of my church. God is.

This is what God does—and I wonder if he might be doing it with you in a different but similar way. He takes us out of our comfort zones, puts us in crazy situations, tells us to do things or gives us messages for our own circumstance or someone else’s. When we listen for it, and even when we don’t, God has amazing things to teach us.

He’ll take us from the top of the roof to the floor of our office, and everywhere in between, to show us we can’t do this alone.

We are leaders because we’re led by God, and every once in awhile He has to take us out and away to remind us: This is not about us, it’s about Him. This is not our church, it’s His. And thank God for that.

For me, it took a six-week sabbatical to teach me this lesson. What will it take for you?

What is God showing you and teaching you today?  

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Scott Wilson is the Senior Pastor of The Oaks Fellowship, ministering to about 3,000 people every week in Dallas, TX. He is a frequent conference speaker, and provides mentorship for dozens of pastors and church leaders through Scott Wilson Consulting. Scott is a loving husband and proud father. Scott and his wife, Jenni, have three boys: Dillon, Hunter, and Dakota.