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Sam Chand: Why Pastors Must Embrace the Pain of Leadership

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Sam Chand is a former pastor, college president, and chancellor and now serves as President Emeritus of Beulah Heights University in Atlanta. He serves pastors, ministries, governmental and social organizations, and businesses as a leadership architect and change strategist. Sam is the author of a number of books, including “Leadership Pain: The Classroom for Growth” and his latest, “How Leaders Create Chaos: And Why They Should.”

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Key Questions for Sam Chand

-Why is pain an inherent part of leadership?

-How do you encourage pastors and church leaders to be willing to lean into painful situations?

-What are some unhelpful or problematic ways that church leaders respond to pain?

-How do leaders create chaos and why should they?

Key Quotes From Sam Chand

“​​One thing that is common to all great leaders—it is not administration, it is not money, it is not staffing, it is not vision, it’s not location, it is none of those things—it is their ability to handle pain.”

“You will grow only to the threshold of your pain.”

“The most painful pain is when it comes from areas you never thought it would come from.”

“As I reflect on God’s journey through my life, in my life, by my life, I just see every inflection point that went up was when I was able to embrace the pain.”

“People who avoid pain also lead people who avoid pain. So you create a ceiling for the organization.”

“The year we are in right now, in my estimation, is going to be the most consequential year for the church of Jesus Christ…there’s more pain this year than you have ever experienced in your life simply because of the level of decisions.”

“If a leader gets caught into the cycle of trying to lead by consensus and trying to keep people happy, the most unhappy person will be you.”