Ministry Backpack Podcast Episode 18 Show Notes:
Summary: In today’s podcast, I talk about an essential quality for Christian Leaders – Patience.
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2 Corinthians 6:6a
(But in everthing, as God’s ministers, we commend ourselves) “By purity, by knowledge, by patience…”
“Patience“ – Enduring Patience, Forbearance, Longsuffering.
It’s about being “long-tempered.”
“Patience is not a personality trait. It’s not an optional thing for Christian Leaders. In fact, a lack of patience is actually a “leadership weakness.”
Patience is a fruit of the Spirit, and it reflects the nature of God.
Some areas in which patience can make a big difference in our leadership:
1 – People.
“We need to give people time to grow. We need to allow God to work on them.”
“When we are short-tempered with people, we almost immediately lose credibility with them.”
2 – Plans.
“Sometimes we need to make decisions quickly, but patience in our leadership means that we have taken time, ahead of time to think through, to pray through potential opportunities and scenarios ahead of time. You do this so that you can decide. ahead of time, the kind of decision that you would make.”
From “31 Refutably Irrefutable Laws of Lame Leadership” –
(This is no longer available on Scribd, so here is a direct download link to the original version.)
Law 14: The Law of the “Fire, Ready, Aim Rabbit” – Always make decisions quickly. Do not analyze anything; just go with your gut. Do not fear making a series of bad decisions. Instead, feel confident in your leadership abilities because no one can accuse you of being indecisive. Keep your finger on the trigger, and look for opportunities to shoot.
Law 15: The Law of the “Studious Turtle” – Always make decisions slowly. Analyze and analyze. Get everyone’s opinion and input. Consider all factors and every possible scenario before making a decision. Form a committee to study it.
Law 16: The Law of the Blank Stare – Never make decisions. Do not be proactive. Wait for things to work themselves out on their own. Eventually react to whatever happens.
“In relationship to patience in our plans as leaders, we’ve got to find the balance between these three laws.”
3 – “Postings.”
James 1:19 – “My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger,” – HCSB
“It’s about pausing before we speak; it’s thinking before you make some brash statement; it’s praying and getting God’s insight before opening our mouths to say something. This principle applies to words we say and to things we post on social media.”
“Always pause before you post. Think about how it will be perceived by those who know you as a Christian leader.”
This essential bleeds into the essential of “A Higher Standard.”
“Use the quality of patience in your leadership to do the right things, at the right time, with the right attitude.”
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