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Doubly Challenging

So this next series of posts that will follows over the next 10-12 days will speak directly to those of us who lead in ministry.  Whether you lead a small group, lead a "small" team, or lead a church — it doesn’t matter.  Leadership opens us to a whole new set of challenges and opportunities.

The Bible says leadership will be hard, and that those of us who teach will be under even greater scrutiny by God than those who don’t.  Nice calling!

It’s common for leaders to commiserate about how tough leadership can be.  None of us is exempt from the complaints of the people we serve.  And the task of church leadership itself is hard; we really do ask people to do crazy things — serve, give, and sacrifice. 

But that’s not why we’re going to do these posts.  All that may be true (or a little true), but the truth is that leadership is an incredible privilege.  It’s an awesome thing to partner with a great and holy God.  Seriously.  We are so fortunate.  And it’s a great responsibility.  So, it’s good to chat about and pray about the traps we leaders can fall into.  Avoiding them can be so helpful too — because when exercised well, leadership is an incredible joy.

I hope you’ll take the time to comment and reflect on how you’ve experienced these, in whatever capacity you lead — volunteer or staff.  It’s great to be part of a leadership community.

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