Vision and strategy are great. But what gets a ministry planted and thriving is relationships. Leading a ministry means cultivating relationships.
Here are 3 tips to becoming relational leaders
1- Be accessible. The days of the rock star preacher is dying, thankfully. This doesn’t mean the people of the church own you 24/7. It does mean you are reasonably available.
2- Be open. This means you are open to be mentored, you are open to having friends, you are open to mentor. You have a Paul, a Barnabas, and a Timothy in your life. Just because you are the leader doesn’t mean you can’t have friends. You can love with your life. You can be honest with people, they will respect your sincerity. Be open to suggestions, be open to people speaking into your life, be open to friendships. I know there is a lot of leadership quotes about the extra mile being lonely, and eagles don’t fly in flocks, don’t buy in to them to much. You can have friends. They will be the ones that get you through the extra mile and you can’t soar too high without them.
3- Be a role model. There is no such thing as assembly line christianity. It’s easy to make disciples of people or even ministries. It is a whole other ball game when it comes to making disciples of Christ. Disciples of Christ are made with time and energy. It requires humility, because you will have to take a back seat more often than not. It means you will have the good, the bad and the ugly to deal with and people watching while you do it. Showing them godly character in all of it, will stand the test of time. They will respect you all the more.