Advice to a New Pastor

Can you lead others where you’ve not been?

Many think you cannot lead people where you’ve never been before; they are wrong.

I’m living proof that you can lead others where you’ve never been before.

Matter of fact, I’ve been leading people where I’ve never been before for most of my life. As a young pastor, I had to lead people who were old enough to be my parents and grandparents!

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I preached on marriage when I was still a newly-wed to people who had been married 10-20-30 years or more!

I instructed parents on how to be parents before I was parent!

When it came time to build buildings, I just started (I had never built a building before).

When I finally broke different attendance barriers it wasn’t because I had been there before; I just kept pressing until we got there.

Bottom line, if you wait unto you get somewhere to lead others there it will be too late for most of the people you lead.

Leading people where you have been before is called a comfort zone. While comfort zones are…, well, comfortable, you will never break new ground, reach new levels, and inspire greatness in people puttering around in your comfort zone.

What I suggest for you today is to launch out on an exciting journey of allowing God to truly be God in your life. Let Him show you great and mighty things. Dare to dream big and go big. And as you go on your journey invite others to join with you. That’s leadership at its best.

  • The ONE THING for today: Don’t feel intimidated because you are leading people in areas that you have never been before. What qualifies you to lead is being lead—by the Holy Spirit. Dare to start on a journey with Him and invite others to go with you. It will be the greatest adventure of your life—and theirs!

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1 Timothy 4:12 (NKJV)
Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

 

2 thoughts on “Can you lead others where you’ve not been?

  1. By the way, I revised a sentence from my blog from last night based on this blog, so that I wouldn’t be misunderstood. Glad you wrote this one right when I wrote mine. 😀
    jamie

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