Sometimes leadership makes you hard to live with.
Ever felt that in your family?
Craig Jutila, a key ministry leader at one of America’s largest churches, went home one day to find his wife had written “I hate my husband” in her journal.
Craig talks honestly and openly about how he had to learn how to lead and live differently, saving his marriage and his future as a leader.
Welcome to Episode 5 of the podcast.
Guest Links: Craig Jutila
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Links Mentioned in This Episode
The links and resources mentioned in this episode include:
From Hectic to Healthy: The Journey to a Balanced Life by Craig Jutila and Mary Jutila
3 Things You Can Do Right Away
Craig’s interview was full of great advice.
While there’s so much you could do after listening to Craig’s story, here are 3 things you can begin this week:
1. Start writing regularly in a journal. Honestly express yourself. As leaders, we’re often left in lonely, isolating situations because we can’t communicate freely with our team or our friends, especially when they attend our church. Get a journal and write. Give yourself a safe, personal outlet to work through your ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
2. Find a counselor. As Craig mentions in the interview, a counselor doesn’t have always be a professional, but you need to be share the depths of your heart and struggles with someone. Most often, it will be your spouse or a close friend, but there are times when a situation requires expert support. Regardless, find someone you trust and share your experiences openly. It’s another great way to avoid the isolation that often plagues leaders.
3. Read a book with tips and tools for your situation. If you’re a leader whose family is suffering because you’re struggling to create boundaries at church, get Craig Jutila’s book From Hectic to Healthy, Overwhelmed by Perry Noble or Boundaries for Leaders by Dr. Henry Cloud. Whatever your situation, there’s a resource that can help you start the journey to restoration. Take a small step today, find expert support in a book, and set time aside to implement 2-3 practices you learn.
You may also find Episode 2 of my podcast with Perry Noble helpful. In it, Perry describes how he burned out leading one of America’s largest and fastest growing churches, and battled suicidal thoughts, depression and anxiety to lead again. Craig and Perry’s stories have remarkable similarities—and some differences—that will help almost every leader lead better.
Finally, if you want to ask Craig a question or connect with him personally, he has graciously offered his email. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quotes to Share from Craig
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Next Episode: Tony Morgan
Ever wonder if your team—or how you lead your team—is keeping your church from growing? It very well might be the case.
In next week’s episode, Tony Morgan reveals how your volunteer and staff team can keep your church from growing, or how a great team can help it grow.
With a ton of practical tips for leaders of small, mid-sized and very large churches, don’t miss Episode 006 next week with Tony Morgan. It goes live Tuesday, October 21st 2014.
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