What do you do when a well-known, charismatic founder of a highly visible, successful church resigns and you’re the successor? That was Kevin Queen’s situation in 2017 when he took over the Lead Pastor role at Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN after Pete Wilson stepped back.
Kevin had never been a Lead Pastor before and has a very different style and approach. 18 months later, the church has never been stronger or larger, and is moving into the future as alive as it’s ever been. Kevin shares that astonishing, unlikely story of how it all came together under God’s grace.
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3 Insights from Kevin
1. Intimacy with God overrides the intimidation of man
There are two kinds of pressure: the press of man and the press of God – and they are two completely different things.
The press of man is fueled by insecurity and by fear. It’s felt when we are drawing away from God and not seeking Him first.
The press that God puts on our hearts is His way of leading us. When we are in a place of close intimacy with Him, we will be more confident with His call for us and less intimidated by the pressures brought on by people.
2. Every leader needs a cave
Like David, every leader needs a cave. David’s cave was a place for him to go and give his desperation to God. He could leave it all there and trust that God had everything under control.
So often, we place our desperation on people instead of our Father, but God is the only one who is attracted to desperation. People certainly aren’t. They can’t handle it.
Do you have a cave where you can leave your desperation? A place to go and pray and trust your burdens to Him?
3. Remember your family during transition
Transitioning is hard – whether you’re stepping into a new role in a place you’ve worked for a while or uprooting to a completely new place, growing pains are inevitable. As difficult as it may be on you as a leader, don’t neglect to recognize the needs of those closest to you.
Leading well at work is obviously important, but it’s even more important to lead well on the home front. Stay engaged and involved in the transition your family is experiencing. Protect family time and be disciplined when it comes to keeping family commitments.
The most important responsibility of your day isn’t in the a.m. It starts when your car pulls back into the driveway at the end of the day – no matter how long that day has been.
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Next Episode: Kadi Cole
Here’s what’s so refreshing about Kadi Cole, often when the subject of female v. male leadership comes up, people tend to move into entrenched theological positions or stereotypes. Kadi doesn’t even come close to that. In this interview, Kadi shares cultural assumptions that hurt both men and women in leadership, talks about how to leverage the gifting of women in leadership and offers some new rules about how men and women can work together in healthier ways than ever before in a highly charged culture.
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