Leadership Game-Changers I Learned from Bob Russell 3… Wise Counselors Seek Wise Counsel

If you’re following along this week you know that I’m sharing five leadership principles that I learned from Bob Russell, long time senior pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, a church that grew from 120 to over 18,000 under his leadership.
 
Today I simply want to tell you that Bob taught me through his actions that getting wise counsel is wise. As I mentioned yesterday, while serving as an associate pastor, I sometimes got to be in Bob Russell’s pastor study group.
 
On more than one occasion Bob Russell, a man most would seek counsel from, asked for wise counsel from the group. I must confess… I was astounded. Bob was the one who had built a mega-church. Bob was the one whose sermons were being heard on radio stations weekly. Bob was the one who had experienced every stage of growth a church goes through yet he was asking for advice from the rest of us.
 
This amazing man and pastor was humble enough and wise enough to follow the biblical principle of seeking wise counsel from others.
 

I wonder how many pastors could avoid some very difficult situations if they would simply follow Bob’s lead and humble themselves enough to understand that, while they are a wise counselor they should also be willing to seek wise counsel?

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Rick Howerton
Rick has one passion… To see “a biblical small group within walking distance of every person on the planet making disciples that make disciples.” He is presently pursuing this passion as the Small Group and Discipleship Specialist at LifeWay Church Resources. Rick has authored or co-authored multiple books, studies, and leader training resources including A Different Kind of Tribe: Embracing the New Small Group Dynamic, Destination Community: Small Group Ministry Manual, The Gospel and the Truth: Living the Message of Jesus, Small Group Life Ministry Manual: A New Approach to Small Groups, Redeeming the Tears: a Journey Through Grief and Loss, Small Group Life: Kingdom, Small Group Kickoff Retreat: Experiential Training for Small Group Leaders, and Great Beginnings: Your First Small Group Study, Disciples Path: A Practical Guide to Disciple Making. Rick’s varied ministry experiences as an collegiate minister, small group pastor, teaching pastor, elder, full-time trainer and church consultant, as well as having been a successful church planter gives him a perspective of church life that is all-encompassing and multi-dimensional. Rick is a highly sought after communicator and trainer.