SO MANY CHURCH LEADERS STRUGGLE WITH THEIR FAITH. HERE’S WHERE IT STARTS.

CareyNieuwhof.com | 10/29/2015 | Staff
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There’s a secret many leaders won’t readily tell you.

One of the most difficult aspects of Christian leadership is keeping your relationship with God fresh and alive.

Reasons - Pastors - Reason - Megachurch - Pastors

I suppose that’s one of the reasons so many pastors burn out (I write about that here) or an underlying reason so many megachurch pastors keep falling (here are more thoughts on the latter).

It’s amazing to me that a frequent casualty of Christian leadership is a leader’s personal walk with God.

Battle - Decades - Leaders

I have had to regularly engage this battle for two decades now. So have so many leaders I’ve talked to.

I realize if I don’t engage the battle, I’ll lose it.

Question - Today

The question today is: How exactly does that happen?

Here’s how it starts…at least for me.

God

Drifting away from the God who loves you happens innocently enough:

You start out in ministry with enthusiasm and passion.

Times - People - Challenges - Leadership - Heart

You get ‘burned’ a few times by people and the challenges of leadership, and your heart grows a little hard.

You confuse what you do (your work) with who you are (a follower of Jesus) and the line between what is personal and what is vocational become blurry.

Devotions - Passage - Sunday - Scripture

You end up cheating your personal devotions by reading the passage you’re working on for Sunday. Or not reading much scripture at all.

You end up so focused on strategy and execution that the mystery and supernatural aspect of Christian leadership gets lost.

Services

The services you lead become technical and clinical rather than life-giving and awe-inspiring because you’re focused on executing them well.

You find yourself singing words that used to mean something and preaching words that once sounded more personal and alive than they currently do.

Head - Heart

You still believe in your head, but you’ve lost your heart.

I have drifted into or close to that territory in seasons, and as soon as I do I realize it’s a terrible and unsustainable place...
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