by Pastor Mark Wargo
Lead Pastor at Cross Current Church, Port Huron, MI
Author of "Beyond Betrayal - No More Broken Churches"
To me, being called by Father to lead His church is the greatest privilege and honor. If you are a church leader in any capacity, you probably understand what I’m saying. You probably realize you have been called to a big task. But if we are honest, sometimes the bigness or value placed on the task can be viewed through the lens of the size of the church or ministry. We can lose sight of the fact that God places value on the purpose, not numerical size. Here’s the truth – God doesn’t care if it’s a church or ministry of a five thousand, a thousand, or fifty. The importance is still the same to Him. Several years ago, while in the midst of the worst ministry storm of my life, I learned many important lessons that forever changed the way I lead. One of which I will share with you today:
1. Be Uniquely You-
You are unique! You have been created for the now! God is a God of the ‘I am”. He is present and fully engaged in you. I’m sure this is not the first time you have heard this. Heck, you have probably even preached it several times. But in my experience, most or all of church leaders have to wrestle this truth down.
I like to go to conferences, seminars, listen to podcasts. I love to learn from other leaders, but in my early years, I fell into the trap of copying what other successful leaders have done, especially when I wasn’t seeing much success! I would take what I learned and bring it home only to run into unsuccessful results. I figured if it worked for them, then it must work for me. Many times, the lack of success caused me to spiral into feelings of inadequacies, feelings of failure and illegitimacy. Now as I look back, I believe the reason I had no to little success was because Father wanted to birth something unique out of the uniqueness within me. I believe He desires to do the same in and through you. There is nothing wrong with learning from others, I still do that today from pastors around the nation, but we can’t abort our own uniqueness for the sake of achieving the forever moving target of ‘success’.
So here is my encouragement to all the church leaders reading this:
Lastly, when you allow for your uniqueness to shine, you will one more time reveal the awesome creativity of Father!
Eric Reeder is joined by other leaders of RISEmovement to reveal the heartbeat of The HOPE-filled Gospel.