by Jim Moon, Jr.
Before it became a meme and part of the urban dictionary, the phrase, "large and in charge" was a compliment for a leader. Generally, it still is when used in books and pop culture. By wiktionary's account, it means a leader who is 'dominating or controlling a situation with confidence and aplomb.' Are you a large and in charge leader?
If you are, large and in charge leaders must form and work as a team. Gospel Coaching helps leaders like you overcome three challenges:
1. Leaders like you think team members are like them. I've made this mistake. Just because you are committed and focused doesn't automatically transfer to potential team players. Your team players have different drives, capacities, priorities, gifts and personalities. Leader, how well do you know yourself and your team?
I was coaching one strong key leader and it was clear that he expected everyone to have the same level of intensity and clarity that he possessed. Even though he is a pastor, he didn't want to be bothered with people who weren't on the same page. This can lead to frustration on everyone's part. Gospel coaching has transformed him.
2. Leaders like you assume that telling someone how to do something is delegating. Not so. Delegating has at least two steps between giving directions and having a responsibility delegated well. Many times in ministry, leaders skip two vital steps. You must coach and encourage your team players.
Consider how you were trained. If you went to school formally, you will tend to make everything a class and assume that knowledge equals ability. If you want to train more disciples and leaders, you have to learn a new skill, which takes practice and repetition and encouragement from an experienced coach.
3. Leaders like you don't know what to look for in team players. It takes a certain amount of wisdom and assessment to discern who should be on a ministry team. Patrick Lencioni says an ideal team player is humble, hungry, and smart. All three are important.
If you are a leader and you want to evangelize and disciple more people, you need a Gospel Coach who is going to work through how to recruit, train and lead a team.
At CMM, we believe every pastor, church planter, ministry leader, and missionary is created to thrive in ministry and they deserve to have a Gospel Coach alongside them as they do ministry.
No matter what leadership role you have, we suggest getting a CMM C.R.O.S.S. Gospel Coach to help walk with you through the challenges you’ve never faced before. A Gospel Coach will help encourage and equip you every step along the way.
Dr. Tom Wood
I've been in the Church Planting business my entire career. I want you to know, you don't have to plant a church alone!