I sat with a new pastor not long ago trying to hold a church together long enough to help it build again. The previous pastor left town—after a series of bad decisions—some decisions the church is still finding out about each new day.
I am happy to help the new pastor acclimate, but my greater concern was for the pastor who flamed out too early. The one who didn’t finish well. The one who left a church in a state of disarray and struggling to recover.
And, sadly, I see it all the time. This pastor suffered from the same temptation any pastor faces. His number one problem, in my opinion: He was leading in isolation.
He had no one on the inside of his life who knew him well enough to know when something was wrong and could confront him when necessary.
Leading in isolation is displayed in numerous ways to the detriment of the church or organization.
There are so many clear dangers I see in leading in isolation.
Here are seven dangers of leading in isolation:
Without accountability in place, many people will make bad decisions, because no one appears to be looking. We are more susceptible to temptation when we are alone.
We are made for community. There is an energy we gain from sharing life with other people. When the leader feels he or she is alone, the likelihood of burning out, emotional stress and even depression increases.
The leader is clueless to the real problems in the organization and is fooled into believing everything (including the leader) is wonderful.
The leader panics when others question him or her. He or she tries to control every decision. They don’t want to be found out for not knowing all the answers.