Patrick Lencioni, in his book, The Advantage, notes that ‘organizational health trumps everything.’ Not only have I found his argument to be true in the church to a high degree, but I have also found it to be true for the leaders of the church as well. Outside of the work of God, health is the most important factor in the effectiveness of pastors, staff and ministry leaders. Outside of the Gospel, the most important factor in the effectiveness of a church is the health of the church. Health trumps all.
Healthy leaders are praying leaders.
It seems cliche and perhaps even a bit obvious, but the reality is that few leaders really make prayer a priority.
Prayer is the most important factor in the health and effectiveness of a leader.
We often tell God our plans and ask (or expect) that they would be blessed rather than to look the Holy Spirit, ask what the Spirit is doing, and join the spirit in that work.
Prayer does not always change things, but it always changes us.
In being praying leaders, we find greater dependence on God and less dependence on ourselves and others.
In being praying leaders, we are better able to hear the whisper of the Holy Spirit.
In being praying leaders, we make room for God to push our agenda out and allow us to see the Kingdom agenda that Jesus has for us.
Prayer is not a great work. It is the greater work.
Prayer moves us to a place where our reliance is on Jesus.
What you love is what you pray for. What you pray for is what you love.
Prayer does not always change things, but prayer does change us.
Rev. Dr. Marcus J. Carlson, Executive Director