You don’t feel heard, and the chances for misunderstandings — and mistakes — rise. Are there tactics you can use to encourage your colleagues to listen better? Should you talk to them about their poor listening skills? What’s the best way to deliver the message?
Preaching for sixteen years in established churches afforded me priceless experience. Years of grinding out three sermons per week taught me how to prepare efficiently and how to comfortably communicate. In preaching, like most other disciplines, there really is no substitute for experience. For that, I am and always will be thankful.
One implication of this shift in the strategic landscape is that your employees are likely going to be around longer than your strategies. An employee might, in fact, outlast numerous strategies. Accordingly, it’s no good having people who are perfect for one strategy if they aren’t also going to serve the organization well when your strategy changes.
Organizational leaders would do well to understand the powerful social and cultural impact organizational realities have on leadership.
Failing to understand these gaps partially explains why so many pastors and ministry leaders burn out. Addressing leadership issues without addressing organizational issues of culture, circumstances, pressures, realities, unstated expectations, etc. creates a gap…and too many leaders end up falling lost into the gap.
No two days are alike in ministry. The demands come in waves and with great surprises. The ministry assistant must always be anticipating the next thing on the horizon. And the assistant must be flexible to meet the demands as they come.