In our work, we see churches with great cultures and those who are struggling to keep their heads above water. The difference doesn’t lie in theology, location, size, or even philosophy of ministry.
Often the difference is in how churches think of the individual gifts and talents of their people – staff, leaders, volunteers.
And here’s an important kicker – this intentional thinking about the wise use and leveraging of talents and gifts starts with the pastor.
If you are a pastor (or any ministry leader regardless of position) here are four questions to keep in front of you as you lead, beginning with how you lead yourself!
- What percentage of my time do I spend intentionally using my prevailing talents and traits as opposed to surrending to the “urgent”?
- What can I do differently in order to spend my time in my greatest strengths? Who can become my ally as I take the steps to do this?
- What additional skills and talents do we need to bring onto our team?
- What incentives and rewards would better leverage our traits and motivate my team members – besides the obvious spiritual benefits?