How well am I leading the church? – Part 3

Influence and clarity are vital to leadership

Influence and clarity are vital to leadership

In parts one and two of, “How well am I leading the church” we addressed several of the areas needed to be a great leader in your church.  In part one, I showed you that as a pastor/leader, having a consuming passion to build a thriving church  should be the center of everything else. In part two, I pointed out that as the leader of your church you must have a  commitment to personal growth and a commitment to add value to others. This time we will address the final two areas that you should consider when asking, “how well am I leading the church?” They are…

  • Character that builds influence
  • Clarity of heart and mission

First we will look at “character that builds influence”. It is a fact that if leadership is influence then you cannot successfully lead without it.  In order to successfully lead you must have positive influence both with your staff and those who attend your church.  How then do we have or increase influence?  Below is an adaptation of an acrostic found in the book Becoming A Person of Influence by John Maxwell. These basic principles are a good starting point when seeking to increases your influence.

I ntegrity with people
N urtures other people
F aith in people
L istens to people
U nderstands people
E nlarges people
N avigates for other people
C onnects with people
E mpowers people
R eproduces people

Finally, in order to successfully lead your church, you need to have clarity of heart and mission.  Ask yourself two questions…

  1. What has God called me to be?
  2. What has God called me to do?

When you have answered these questions, and you are convinced you are on the right path, it is time to evaluate the two sides to your life and how they relate to your team. The two sides of your life are…

  1. The Person
  2. The Pastor

As the PERSON the team needs to see in you:

  • Confidence in the calling
  • Single mindedness
  • Clarity of purpose for your life

As the PASTOR the team needs to see in you:

  • Unwavering commitment
  • Clear Direction
  • Heart, strength and ability to get it done

Remember, it is a CONSUMING PASSION TO BUILD A THRIVING CHURCH that will drive you.  The desire to see your church growing by reaching your community, and to see your members drawing closer to Christ will fuel your fire to continually improve on your own leadership.

Until next time,

Chris Sonksen

“I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.  A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming.  He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd.  And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock.  The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep.  I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me.”                                       John 10:11-14(NLT)


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 28, 2009, in church growth, Habits, Leadership, Personal Growth and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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