With all of the leadership books, conferences, podcasts and blogs in the world it is easy to forget the most important lesson about being a good church leader. It’s not about WHAT you know that makes for great leaders…it’s WHO you know. I’m not talking about schmoozing and networking…I’m talking about your personal relationship with God.
I have discovered over the years that you can follow every leadership principle by the letter and still fail…because your leadership decisions were being driven by things other than God. There is no leadership product on the market that can help you more than just spending time talking to God and immersing yourself in His Word. I’m not talking about a 10-minute devotional, a prayer before lunch or an online-reading plan. I’m talking about blocking out intentional time where it’s just you, a Bible, maybe a journal and God…no kids, spouse or colleagues. Just uninterrupted time where you can talk to God…meditate in His glory…and quietly listen for His answer.
In-depth Bible study and uninterrupted prayer time creates one thing that a leader can’t lead without…overflow. You study…you pray…God speaks…you hear…you respond…you worship…you are overwhelmed by His presence in your life. The feelings that God provokes can’t be contained…it overflows into every area of your life…especially your leadership.
Leaders that “overflow” with conference notes, blog post ideas, trchniques from books and podcast tidbits are doomed to fail….because they are leading by what God told someone else. They are leading by the knowledge of others instead of the overflow of an intimate relationship with the Father. Leaders that overflow with God speaking into their lives will get a constant fresh word for implementing the calling and vision. They will continue to see God move in their lives…the lives of those that they are leading…and the life of their church.