I pray your Christmas and your Christmas Worship services surpassed your greatest expectations, but can I be honest with you? When I was a Senior Pastor, some of my most discouraging days were on the heels of a set of big services.
Usually, one of two things had happened. First of all, sometimes we met our big goals. Then I suddenly realized that another Sunday was just a few days away! And it was usually a low attendance weekend! On those days, I would be reminded how fleeting it is to measure my worth and success as a pastor solely by nickels and noses. On those days I was reminded of the importance of nurturing my own vitality during ministry’s highest of highs and lowest of lows. In the days that followed, I was reminded that the most difficult person I will ever lead is myself. I even wrote a book about this back in 2011 called The Measure of Our Success: An Impassioned Plea To Pastors.
On other days, can I be honest enough to admit that there were many “big” days in my ministry that did not meet all expectations? There were times when we pressed hard and prayed big….but only medium sized things happened. It was on those days (after a spiritual pity party) I would soon gather myself enough to realize that we would need to do some things differently and make some changes before the next big day. You may have heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same things the same way and expecting different results next time! It was in the days that followed I would reach out for counsel and coaching to help us see things and do things differently next time.
So today can I make an impassioned plea to you? Stop the insanity. Stop approaching the same old things the same old way. Reach out for help. Ask for some outside perspective. Get some coaching and/or consulting. Listen, content delivery or downloading is not coaching. You need a real live person to look over your life and ministry and offer some outside perspective and permission. I just believe every leader needs a coach!
Drop us a line today and let’s talk about what coaching might look like for you. We can come to you, you can come to us, or we can utilize technology to chat and walk closer with each other for a season, straight from our laptops! It’s the best time of the year to change. Stop procrastinating. Stop saying you can’t afford it. Frankly, you can’t afford NOT to change! Let’s do this today and let’s make sure we give God every opportunity to do more than we can ask or imagine before our next big opportunity comes.