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Lance Witt: How to Handle the ‘Toughest Moment to Navigate Leadership in the Local Church’

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Lance Witt is the founder of Replenish Ministries. He has served as senior pastor for three different churches and spent seven years as an executive and teaching pastor at Saddleback Church. He is often referred to as a pastor’s pastor and is the author of several books, including “Replenish” and “High-Impact Teams.”  Lance’s latest book is “Your One Life.”

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Key Questions for Lance Witt

-How can pastors evaluate whether they are living out the purpose God has for them?

-How can church leaders find a balance between not taking their lives for granted and not being paralyzed by the importance of using their time well? 

-In your book, you talk about the “someday syndrome.” What is that and how does it rob us of purpose and satisfaction? 

-What can we learn from the example of Jesus about how to live our lives with purpose? 

Key Quotes From Lance Witt

“Pastors have never been this criticized and scrutinized. No matter what they say, it’s wrong, it’s upsetting. Somebody’s going to leave the church over it. So, yeah, I think this is at least in my lifetime, it has been the toughest moment to navigate leadership in the local church.”

“We are in a time of unbelievable confusion, disequilibrium. People seem lost at so many different levels.”

“A mantra I use in my ministry is we want to help people live well so they can lead well, and I think the order of that is important. Because I think for me, for so much of my ministry life, I was so focused on building the church, growing the church, preaching sermons, focused on everybody else’s sanctification, that sometimes I lost sight that my first place of leadership is to lead myself well.”

“The greatest gift you’re going to give those you lead is your own healthy soul.”

“I think the first thing you’ve got to do before you can even really get to the questions is you’ve got to create a little bit of space.”

“I’ve got to begin to take responsibility for where my time goes and the rhythm of my life. I’ve got to take responsibility for doing some of the hard internal work around issues of my soul.”