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Most leaders I know fear losing people.
And I’ll bet you do.
After all, you spend a lot of your time trying to build your ministry.
Mission - Church - People - Eternity - Balance
When it comes to the mission of the church, it seems almost unthinkable to reach fewer people. Eternity really does hang in the balance.
And every person represents a potentially transformed life.
Organization - None - People - Impact
In any organization, none of us really want to reach fewer people or have less impact.
And yet, sometimes, one of the best ways to grow your ministry is to let the right people leave.
Thought - People - Part
It might kill you to entertain the thought of people leaving (it still kills a part of me).
But hang on.
People - Church - Organization - Thing - Times
Sometimes losing people in your church or organization is a bad thing. Surprisingly, other times it’s not.
Knowing the difference is critical to effective leadership.
Ways - Ministry - People
Paradoxically, one of the best ways to grow your ministry is to let the right people leave.
Like you, it bothers me every time someone leaves. And it should bother you.
Sociopaths - People
Only sociopaths don’t care when people leave.
Only sociopaths never care when people leave.
Deep - Time - Someone - Church
Deep down, it hurt so much every time someone left. I felt like I had let them down, like I left the church down, like I had failed.
I also felt as though if I had been a better leader, I would have been able to keep them.
For a season it hurt so much I pretended I didn’t care anymore. But I did. I do.
I realize some of this is irrational and much of it might be unhealthy, but it hurts when someone goes.
Fear - Time
However, if you let it fester, you’ll begin to live in fear all the time.
In fact, you can end up with people-pleasing as your main goal. You will lead in a way that you hope is going to prevent the greatest number of people from leaving.
That’s a terrible...
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