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The ONE Question To Ask When You Don’t Know What To Do as a Leader

You’d think that at some point, you’d just know what to do.

That the questions and doubt would go away, and that you’d have a clear answer to the questions and problems that come your way as a leader.

Dream on.

Sure…you get better at calling shots as you mature and grow as a leader. But there are always questions that stump even the best leaders.

Then what do you do?

What if there was a single question that could guide you much closer to the right answer?

I think there is.

 

 

I Got A Call The Other Day…

I got a call the other day from a great friend.

He had a tough ethical dilemma. It’s not appropriate for me to go into the details, but it’s the kind of ethical/relational problem that stumps even the brightest leaders.

I could see it from both sides. So could he. And yet the stakes were high.

We talked about what scripture had to say about the issue. But again, you could apply it from several different angles.

There was no clear answer.

After about 30 minutes of conversation, I remembered the question I’ve learned to ask myself when I’m stuck and no one seems to know what to do and scripture isn’t crystal clear.

I gave him the question.

 

The Question That Can Answer Your Question

The question is this:

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7 Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me Before Starting Ministry

If you’re in ministry, at some point you probably told yourself “I had no idea it would be like this.”

I can’t tell you the number of times I thought “I wish somebody had taught me this in seminary.” (My friend, Rich Birch, has done a great job of compensating for that with his site, UnSeminary.com.)

Don’t get me wrong—I’m exceptionally grateful for the time I’ve had in ministry. 19 years into this, I wake up virtually every single day thankful I get to this and excited to get started.

But the ‘virtually’ part is true because there are days where I think “What’s going on?” and “I didn’t sign up for this”. And even on my good days, I find I’m having to learn things I never expected I’d have to learn.

So let’s speed things up for those of you still on the front side of ministry or early on in ministry.

And this might also help those of us who have been at it for a while but still ready for some inside track preparation.

 

7 Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Started Ministry

Here are 7 things I wish someone had told me before I started ministry:

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Planning on Closing Anytime Soon? 21 Signs Your Church Needs to Change

Sometimes I think we should just hang signs like this in some churches or organizations when it comes to change: people are just closed.

And if you’re closed to change, it’s probably only a matter of time until your church or organization closes.

Okay, no one actually says they’re closed, but in reality, they’re not open.

Here’s how it happens.

The need for change is easy to spot in others, and very difficult to spot in yourself.

So leaders are left wondering: do we really need to change?

They tell themselves:

It’s not that bad

Things will turn around

I’m sure it’s going to be okay

Sometimes all of us go a bit blind to the need for change because we’re afraid.

We’ve seen how change has swallowed colleagues alive. We’ve watched great leaders suffer as they met all kinds of opposition. We sense the conflict pending in our own community.

As a result, we ignore the signs that would tell us change is needed.

So, how do you know your organization needs to change? How do you stay 100% honest as a leader and engage the difficult issues?

Answer: You constantly watch for the signs you need to change.

 

21 Signs Your Church Needs to Change

What are those signs? Well, there are plenty of them.

At the macro and micro level, here are 21 signs your church needs to change:

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