And I mean it!
I recently realized something really simple that I can’t believe it eluded me for so long.
While I have been leading for many years…
While I was a youth pastor with a thriving youth ministry for over a decade…
While I have plenty of skills, understanding, and knowledge about how to lead a church…
While I have read multiple books on leadership…
None of that means that those I lead are at the same leadership level as I am.
So what does this require of me?
I MUST MEET PEOPLE WHERE THEY ARE AT.
I realized that I have constantly expected people to operate at the same level that I am at. To do the things that I do. To understand everything I understand.
Notice that inherent in that belief is the thought that I know better than everyone else.
But, even if I do, I cannot expect people to learn overnight what it has taken me years upon years to learn.
This would be nice in a fantasy world, but not in reality.
To see people understand what I understand and do what I can do, it takes…
And, with all of that in mind, I remember this:
We will grow together.
While those I lead are growing under my leadership, I must continue to grow too. And, much of my growth will come from things that they teach me.
The people I lead don’t care how much leadership knowledge I have. They care about whether I’ll walk with them in this journey of growth.