It’s a tough time to be a leader right now.
Don’t get me wrong. There’s never been a time when serving in leadership was a cakewalk. But some seasons are more comfortable than others.
I don’t care if you’re a pastor, a politician, a police chief, or a restaurant owner. It’s tough, man. And we’re all struggling to some degree.
I can speak for pastors. I am one. We don’t always know what to do. But our eyes are on the Lord. We’re listening to God’s Word and praying.
We’re concerned about you. The individuals in our congregation and our community are in our constant thoughts. Your physical health is among our great concern. But the quality of your faith and your soul care is our number one concern.
I’ve been involved in ministry leadership for about twenty-six years. This is the most unique season of leadership I’ve served through. I’ve served through other election years before. I’ve served through the scandalous behavior of other ministers before. I’ve even served through seasons when my family was silently going through the ugliest of trials.
BUT, I’ve never served through a global pandemic during a presidential election year. This year has had an onslaught of accompanying crises cohabitating with it. This crisis season is as unique as it is long.
What’s my situation like? Well my rant goes like this. It’s not fair that I’ve had to lead through the campus closure, and as soon as we open back up for on-campus worship that we get slung right into summer worship attendance patterns. One would have thought that online and on-campus attendance numbers would be through the roof.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder. Right?
Well, throughout the crisis, we’ve made the necessary tactical changes that kept us safely serving people. But as we are coming through and going forward, I’ve been leading more with vision. Mission, vision, action, and (smart) goals are the words I’ve been using. Our focus is on aligning these to be sure God’s Kingdom work continues.
So for all of my friends, frenemies, and far-reaching contacts, I have a favor to ask of you. Please be cautious with your remarks. I know things look simple from your recliner or backseat. But there are so many variables at stake in our daily decisions. And we honestly want to do what’s best for everyone.
We know everyone is not pleased with the decisions we have made. Or maybe there’s a decision we didn’t make that has you rattled. The truth is that we even question ourselves. But if you are a Christian, I humbly ask you to pray for us.
As leaders, we need God’s help more than we need your sarcasm. We need your prayers more than we need your memes. Just like you did the last time you were going through a huge struggle, we need a friend that will pray.