So is success…empty?
Why is it that the highs we all experience when we succeed at something never seem to outlast the lows or the hollowness that comes afterward?
Derwin Gray has more than a little experience with that emotional journey.
From making millions in the NFL, to leading one of America’s fastest growing churches, best-selling author Derwin Gray shares how success disappoints, and also explains how he’s positioned his church plant in Charlotte to reach thousands across racial boundaries.
Welcome to Episode 13 of the podcast.
Guest Links: Derwin Gray
Links Mentioned in this Episode
Hero: Unleashing God’s Power in a Man’s Heart by Derwin Gray
Coming Soon – The High Definition Leader: Building Multi-Ethnic Churches in a Multi-Ethnic World by Derwin Gray
3 Things You Can Do Right Away
Keeping your staff, volunteers and leadership honest in your church presents challenges. If you have people on your staff who are dependent upon you for their financial well being, they won’t always tell you about your blind spots. Here are three ways you can make sure your feedback circle stays honest and true when you’re successful:
- Have people around you who keep you grounded. Surround yourself with wisdom and maturity. Derwin says to keep people around you who have life experience, people who aren’t dazzled by something that’s new, but dazzled by something that’s true. When you have people who can point out mistakes, it creates a healthy environment that encourages Gospel integrity.
- Be approachable. Create an environment where dialogue and approachability are possible. Christians say they don’t want a pope or pastor, and they want a plurality of leaders, yet they think pastors do everything. Maintain the lane you stay in, but don’t act like a celebrity. Have conversations with church members, be a servant and help others.
- Establish what you look for in leadership, and make it multi-ethnic. Being a pastor is emotionally hard work; you take criticisms and shots. Derwin says Christians don’t understand the importance of ethnic diversity in church leadership because they’ve been raised on an individualistic, reductionist gospel. Jesus developed the church to embody His kingdom on earth, and it’s not a segregated kingdom. Don’t just let those of other ethnicities hold token positions, but encourage a multi-ethnic environment that offers variety.
Quotes From Derwin
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