7 Non Negotiables

As an unfortunate veteran of long and tedious meetings (31 meetings last week alone), I have come to really appreciate the good ones.

Yesterday was a good GREAT one!

Our Small Group leadership team meets Monday mornings to discuss strategies, God stories, and challenges that we are encountering as we coach our own team of small group leaders. Jerry BaTISTa ran an outstanding meeting and closed strong.  He shared with us Perry Noble’s 7 non negotiables for effective leadership – strategies that are essential for effective leadership in the church.

  1. Passion – a raw, unfiltered, emotional, unapologetic passion.  A white hot fire that consumes, controls, and configures us into who Jesus has called us to be and what He’s called us to do!
  2. A Desire to Please God – Memorize Galatians 1:10. For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
  3. Wisdom – We must always be learning.  That means going to conferences and reading blogs and books.  Do not be afraid to learn from someone who is not like you. Immerse yourself in environments with people who know MUCH more than you.
  4. Courage – You are not a leader until you have had to make tough decisions on a constant basis.  Andy Stanley said that a leader isn’t necessarily the first person to see and opportunity, but rather the first person to act on what they see.  It’s easy to see what’s wrong in the church – but very few are willing to do anything about it.  Courage is KNOWING what God has called you to do – and then DOING it – not knowing the outcome – but KNOWING who is in control of the outcome!
  5. Humility – A tough one cause one cant brag that they are humble.  John Maxwell said “You are who you are for 2 reasons. The first is the favor of God. The second is the giftedness of God. And please understand that God did not owe you either of these. You are who you are because of Him.
  6. Honesty – How are you really doing? Can you keep up the pace? Is everyone around you doing a good job? Is life and ministry REALLY all about God?
  7. Simplicity – Ed Young once said “If you want to impress me as a leader – don’t tell me what you’re doing, tell me what you’re NOT doing.” A good leader will admit that they are not good at everything, and as a result, stop trying to be. The reality is that everyone of us do a few things well, and our leadership will be maximized when we focus on what God has gifted us and called us to be rather than what everyone else in the church expects us to be.  I can’t do everything, but I can do something, and the something I can do – I will do!  What is on your plate that you KNOW you aren’t good at?  You hate it? Go ahead and admit it because everyone around you already knows it and are probably praying that you will stop it anyway!

Yes, Yes, Yessssss.  Amen.


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