There are five main metrics I use to evaluate and develop our leaders. Perhaps the most surprising one is that of “consistency”. To find out about the other 4 sign up for our Leadership Development Brunch & Learn on March 18th.
If there was a seldom discussed character trait that would influence both the health of a church as well as the impact of your life it would consistency.
Consistency Values Relationships
The principle is simple: developing healthy relationships requires time together. Have you ever noticed how intense friendships formed on missions trips or major projects are?
The reality is that “attending” church once a month, when it’s convenient, will never result in relationships, mission or impact. It’s just that simple.
Relationships take time, effort and frequency. It’s impossible to foster relationships that will see you draw closer to Jesus if your interaction is limited to a few moments on the occasional Sundays.
Church is not about an event – although do have events. Church is about a people mutually submitted and commitment to one-another for cause of Jesus. (Ephesians 5:21)
Being the church means being committed to one another in faith. It means making the sacrifice to invest in each other even when it’s inconvenient.
A half-hearted prioritization of relationships will result in half-hearted relationships. You get out what you put in.
Consistency Unlocks Gifting
One of the principles we advocate as a church is that each person is uniquely gifted and equipped for the Kingdom of Jesus.
However, this can only be realized through consistent development of that gifting. If there is something you are excited about it will take time to develop it.
We know this is true, intrinsically, yet we often give up on the process.
Every aspect of life requires many attempts and failures and a pile of practice to succeed. Your gifting alone will not carry you. Gifting requires consistent cultivation to see its potential unlocked.
As a church we are not interested in immediate results and instant gratification. We are committed to the discipleship process. Which means we each consistently ask ourselves “how can I grow my gift?”
Consistency Accelerates Leadership
There are many people that are incredibly gifted and capable. However, being good at something does not automatically result to being able to lead. Leadership requires being faithful when it’s difficult, when things are not going well and when you’re tired and frustrated.
Leadership requires consistency and perseverance when you don’t know the way out or what to do next. If you were to look at the leaders in our church they are gifted and capable, yes, but they are also consistent to lead when it is not easy.
Great leaders will not just envision an idea or creative opportunity they will consistently work towards seeing it realized. Weeks, months or even years down the line they remain consistent in working towards the realization of the vision.
Effective leadership is cultivated by being consistent through the valleys and the seasons of uncertainty.
Simply put: your leadership is only as effective as your ability to follow through.
Brunch & Learn
This is why we’re hosting Brunch & Learn. Leadership is hard but also immensely rewarding and a necessary part of seeing the vision forward. Join us on March 18th from 9AM-Noon for food and some fantastic training and discussion to accelerate YOUR leadership. Register Here!
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:5-8