There are 10 things healthy leaders do daily that every church leader should imitate.
Last week, I had the opportunity of attending a pastors and wives retreat led by Dr. and Mrs. Steve Gaines. It was incredibly refreshing. Steve and Donna serve at Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis and Steve is a past president of the Southern Baptist Convention.
During one of our sessions, Dr. Gaines shared his “10-Step Growth Plan” that he tries to accomplish daily. It impacted and challenged me, and I’m sure it’ll do the same for you.
It’s not what you can do in A day, but EVERY day that matters. Plan your day and work your plan.
10 Things Healthy Leaders Do Daily
1. Healthy Leaders Read the Bible.
Use a Bible reading plan and read the Bible every day. The audio feature of the Bible app is especially helpful for Bible reading while you’re driving or exercising.
2. Healthy Leaders Pray.
Talk with the Lord. Pray the Scriptures. Look at your church’s prayer list. Use a prayer journal. Do one or all of these.
3. Healthy Leaders Exercise.
I recently talked with a pastor who lost 52 pounds, and he has walked 10,000 steps daily for exactly a year. Incredible!
4. Healthy Leaders Eat Well.
This isn’t easy. I struggle with it. Most of us have a hard time eating with wisdom. Make it a point of daily intentionality. Our bodies are the temple of God!
5. Healthy Leaders Pray and Talk With Their Spouse in Love.
Last night, Charity and I sat on our porch, and we had a pleasant conversation. I went to sleep thinking about how much I enjoyed us just laughing together.
6. Healthy Leaders Write an Encouraging Note.
If you’re a frequent reader of my website, you know I’m huge on handwritten notes. They mean the world to people.
7. Healthy Leaders Do Their Work.
Make a task list. Then, prioritize it. Then, execute it. Work heartily unto the Lord!
8. Healthy Leaders Read.
In addition to your Bible reading, read at least 30 minutes a day. If you’re an audio learner, listen to a book for at least 30 minutes a day with the Audible app. If you want to read articles via audio, use the Speaky app.
9. Healthy Leaders Give Something to Somebody Every Day.
There’s no better way to build a culture of generosity in your organization or family than to give every day. Give money, or prayer, or something every day. Be a giver!