How well am I leading the church? – Part 2

Have a commitment to Personal Growth and Adding Value to Your Team

Have a commitment to Personal Growth and Adding Value to Your Team

Last time, I pointed out that the first step to being an effective leader in your church is having a consuming passion to build a thriving church. If a passion to have a thriving, growing church is your motivation, then a dedication to learning and to growing the various qualities of a good leader is a must. John F. Kennedy once said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”Let’s take a closer look at two of these areas of leadership.

 I have observed that leaders are usually in one of the two places…A place of continual challenge or a place of continual comfort. You, and therefore your church, cannot move forward if you are continually comfortable.  In order to grow as a leader, you must challenge yourself; you must have a commitment to personal growth. Here are some basic steps…
 1.  To challenge yourself you have to invest in yourself.
   How to invest:
a)  Read great books, blogs, newsletters, daily
b)  Listen to motivational and/or teaching cd’s, or other audio sources daily
c) Take thinking moments -Set aside time each week where you step away and think about leadership and your personal growth.  This is where you learn to journal.
d)  Visit great places
e)  Talk to great leaders
f)   Be committed to life long coaching/mentoring
2. Create a plan and stick with it. I have heard it said, “The greatest obstacle to personal growth isn’t ignorance or lack of intelligence.  It is a lack of a plan to get you there.”
               Two main keys to creating a personal growth plan are:
                                • Identify what you need to do
                                • Place it in your calendar and live by it
Another area we need to focus on as leaders is  having a Commitment to add value to others. In the setting of your church team, this includes church staff and volunteer leaders. Bob Nelson, author of 1001 Ways To Reward Employees did a survey on managers and employees.  He had each group list on a scale from 1-10 what is most important to them.

The Managers Top 3 were…
1. Good wages
2. Job Security
3. Promotion/Growth opportunities
The Employees Top 3 were…
1. Appreciation
2. Sympathetic to personal problems
3. Feeling “IN” on things
NOTE:  Managers only ranked Appreciation as #8

“How can you add value to those around you,
if you don’t know what they value?”

Here are some tips to help you better value your team.
 1. Know their love language.
 – What makes each team member feel valuable?  (Gifts, Words, Notes, Public Affirmation, see The Five Love Languages, by Dr. Gary Chapman)
 2. Put a “10” on each team members head and treat them that way.
3. Be genuinely interested in their lives.
4. Regularly invest in them as a leader.
a)  Go through monthly leadership books with them.
b)  Create leadership growth groups.
c)  Send them to conferences.
d)  Get them in front of great leaders.
e) When you have a great speaker in, have them spend time with the leaders before or after the services.

I will address the last two areas of effective church leadership (Character that builds influence and Clarity of heart and mission) in part 3 of “How well am I leading the church?

Until next time,

Chris Sonksen


“Every great man is always being helped by everybody; for his gift is to get good out of all things and all persons.”

— John Ruskin


About Chris Sonksen

Chris Sonksen is the founder and Lead Pastor of South Hills Church and has an exceptional ability to inspire both secular and non-secular audiences. Under his leadership, South Hills has experienced phenomenal growth and in just a few short years has grown from a handful of people to nearly 3000 in attendance today. Today South Hills has become a thriving, multi-service and multi-site church. Chris has a magnetic, captivating and humorous style for motivating and inspiring all audiences. As a motivational speaker, he has spoken both nationally and internationally in companies such as Verizon, Securitas and Home Depot, and there is no doubt that by applying his teachings, his audience will improve the quality of their lives! Chris is the author of two books In Search of Higher Ground and Handshake. Chris is the founder of Celera Church Strategy Group an organization with an unwavering commitment to excellence in all things, with the goal to “raise the national average of church attendance,” by equipping church leaders with resources and coaching. Chris brings high-energy focus and a passion for vision and leadership to encourage and equip the local Church. Chris is a native Californian, born in Long Beach and currently resides in Corona with his wife, Laura and their two children, Grace and Aidan.

Posted on October 22, 2009, in church growth, Habits, Leadership, Personal Growth, Team and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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