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Give Up to Go Up

Give up micro details to go up to the macro vision. 

If you focus on the logo for the middle school ministry, the font on the men’s ministry brochure and the way the receptionist answers the phone, you’ll go nuts.

your leadership to keep the church focused on the goal. Continually recast vision for the mission.

Give up tight control to go up to empowering your leaders. 

If you point out everything you don’t like, you’ll create a team of people who are afraid to make a move without running it by you first. Then you’ll have a bottle-necked organization that can’t possibly sustain growth for the long haul.

Constantly ask yourself, “Is this mission critical?” If not, leave it alone.

Give up personal preferences to go up to sustainable ministry

You don’t have to like everyone on the team. You don’t have to personally endorse every method used in every ministry of the church.

Getting stuck on the unessential nuances of every ministry will make you a negative, fault-finding individual, and people won’t want to be on your team. If you concentrate on the church’s values and finding leaders you trust, you’ll create a ministry that will outlast you.

Too many pastors can’t give up to go up. They hang on to too much, their people aren’t making disciples, and they can’t figure out why.

In other cases, pastors of big churches have hired staffs of automatons because the pastor still micromanages everything. Their churches continue to grow, but the growth won’t be sustainable when the leaders leave. These are not prevailing churches. They’re personality-driven inspiration stations.

I encourage you to give up to go up. Build a church around God’s purposes, not around your preferences or personality. 

Adapted from chapter 83 of Simply Strategic Growth.  

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Tim Stevens served as the executive pastor of Granger Community Church in Granger, IN, for twenty years before joining Vanderbloemen Search Group as the Director of the Executive Search Consultant Team where he helps churches and ministries around the world find their key staff. Tim has a passion for the local church and equipping leaders with practical advice and tools about church staffing and church leadership. He has co-authored three books with Tony Morgan, including Simply Strategic Stuff, Simply Strategic Volunteers, and Simply Strategic Growth, and authored three books of his own, including Fairness Is Overrated: And 51 Other Leadership Principles To Revolutionize Your Workplace. Connect with Tim at LeadingSmart.com.