REIMAGINE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
The “Reimagine” project seeks to apply New Testament principles to present-day modes of church practice.
How will you reimagine your leadership development ministry to meet the realities of our current situation? What innovative practices can you utilize while still upholding the core teachings found in Scripture? Below you will find some information, tools and resources to help you begin to reimagine.
Church leaders have felt enormous pressure due to issues brought about by COVID-19 that have impacted both the church and the community. Questions about how to do ministry has become the consuming concern of both leaders and members. Adding to the pressure are the effects of financial setbacks, social and racial unrest, political factions, substance and physical abuse, mental disorders, unemployment, fatigue, depression, relational breakups and more. Where do you begin, and how do you minister to a hurting world?
Leaders are expected to make quick and critical decisions in times of crisis. Yet the constant need to find a solution and demands of the ministry amid an ongoing pandemic have taken a toll on their emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health. Is there help available for those experiencing fatigue, burnout, loneliness, depression and setbacks? Can leaders see how the spiritual and emotional deficit is impacting their lives?
The pandemic is not the main reason for problems in the church today, but it did reveal the health and ability of the church and its leaders to respond to the crisis. One challenge is a leader’s ability to lead through the pandemic and beyond. Some leaders have been proactive during this time, while others have watched and waited for what should come next. Others are ready to give up, and some may even leave the ministry. Another challenge is a leader’s willingness to assess their capacity to lead. Is it possible to be an unhealthy leader and not even know it? Where do you find the will, passion and strength to keep on going? Are you able to recognize your limitations, spend more time with God and rely on Him? Can you develop other disciples and leaders who can do the work of the Lord with you?
Tips & Tools
Here are some steps you can take to be a healthy leader during this pandemic and beyond:
- Be willing to admit that you need some help, and allow the Lord to work in you and through others to help you.
- Take an assessment to see how healthy you are as a leader. Peter Scazzero, author of “The Emotionally Healthy Leader,” says, “You can’t be spiritually healthy while remaining emotionally unhealthy.”
- Have a physical exam if you have not had one recently.
- Take time to observe a regular Sabbath.
- Take the time to care for your family.
What if you could lead your church in creating a healthy vision and culture, reinvigorate the church leadership, and learn new skills and practices to develop a sustainable ministry? Reimagine that you and your church leaders are emotionally and spiritually healthy to engage in ministry by holding each other accountable in having a meaningful devotional and family life, reaching and discipling others, and developing other leaders to share in the work of the Lord. What if you discover a renewed strength in the Lord that brings hope and life to the church? What if your family sees you as a leader who has the joy of the Lord and is able to love his wife and family as Christ loved the church?