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 Embrace and Dispense Grace.
Grace is essential to healthy leadership.
Grace is easy to understand, but takes a lifetime to live out.
Leaders must show grace to others. Leaders must show grace to themselves. Leadership always involves mistakes and failure. Few leaders show themselves grace. Few leaders allow grace to become personal.
The more personal grace becomes, the less personal everything else will feel.
Simply put, grace is unmerited favor. Specifically, grace is God’s unmerited favor. No matter how we or someone else performs, we are always loved and accepted by God. We are always God’s son or daughter whom he loves and with whom he is well pleased-in our best moments and our worst moments.
We tend to judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their words & actions.
Leaders tend to be harder on themselves than anyone else.
Grace requires love. Grace requires patience. Grace assumes the best in people, situations and in ourselves.
Grace does not mean ignoring consequences or boundaries.
Grace does mean letting go. Grace requires trusting God.
Grace reminds us that our leadership is never about us.
Rev. Dr. Marcus J. Carlson, Executive Director