Is it time to look in the mirror?
I was recently reminded that when things don’t pan out as we had hoped, the first step may be to look in the mirror, asking ourselves what we might have done to contribute to the unintended result. I wonder how often we hold people back when we “encourage” our leaders in ways that are not particularly helpful. So often our words and actions contradict our best intentions. Listed below are some questions that may suggest ways our “encouragement” hasn’t always been helpful.
Do I encourage people to:.
- be loyal, but not take risks?
- read responsively, but not pursue spiritual disciplines?
- serve offices, but not shepherd people?
- go to church, but not shape a lifestyle?
- analyze our faith, but not integrate it?
- like our faith, but not live it?
- be a fan of Jesus, but not a follower?
- manage institutions and programs, but not multiply ministries?
- build strategic plans, but not seize emerging opportunities?
- to explain bad things, but not overcome dysfunction?
- be faithful, but not transformed by joy and gratitude?
Perhaps our biggest mistake is that we only encourage our leaders, but never seriously train them to be lifelong followers of Christ. What kind of encouragement do your leaders need right now?