Recently, I changed roles from helping to lead one of Saddleback’s multisite campuses to helping to start the next 10. That change brought a change in work location. Each day I come into the Ministry offices at Saddleback’s Lake Forest campus I walk by a small humble plaque on the wall near the entrance. It’s a simple tribute to an amazing leader who left an enormous legacy at Saddleback Church….Pastor Glen Kruen.
All leaders who desire to be great leaders will learn from others who have gone ahead of them and have blazed a trail of humility and service.
Pastor Tom Holladay shared some of these 10 leadership lessons he learned from serving for 20 years alongside Saddleback’s first and only Executive Pastor Glen Kruen.
1. No job is more important than pastoring. (the action of pastoring and shepherding)
We are all pastoring God’s people.
The task can always seem urgent and the people can be put off…don’t wait!
What are ways I keep the “pastor” in my job?
If all it is tasks- you won’t last.
2. Believe that God can do great things in every person’s life.
You have never meet someone who God couldn’t do great things in their life and who Jesus didn’t die for.
Realist faith- they need to turn to Christ.
3. Adjust your style to the style of your leader.
Go with the vision of your leader. Figure out how you can support it.
No reason to work for someone who is just like you- no cognitive diversity
It takes all parts of the body to work together- balance of how we all work together.
4. Be both quick and patient.
Ambidextrous- you need to be both.
Be quick and then wait and be patient (it doesn’t work in reverse often)
Focus- trust in the Lord’s timing.
5. Doctrine is your business
Doctrine- the truth of who God is…seeps into everything we do.
We are a teaching organization…we need to be able to instruct and explain.
Increasing my knowledge and strengthening my beliefs, improves my job performance in ways I cannot see.
Don’t’ minister from a sense of insecurity.
6. Value the staff above your self. Value the church above the staff. Value Jesus above all.
Consider others as more important than yourself- humility. Pray for them.
Be willing to give up your “rights.” What rights do you give away?
Not what can I get, but what right can I give away?
How do you protect yourself from pride? – attitude in both the heart and the mind.
7. Don’t take yourself too seriously
When you are with your “family” you should be able to laugh and enjoy each other’s company.
Take God seriously…and receive the strength to not take yourself seriously.
If you are not experiencing joy in your work…it may be a relational problem. Talk it out and return to joy.
8. Appreciate your family
Balance it out.
9. Take the breaks that you need (Sabbath and Vacation)
It’s too easy to cheat on that…don’t do it.
If you want to burn out- stop taking a Sabbath.
When you stop taking a Sabbath you can end up feeling like you don’t need a Sabbath.
It’s a church value, but it’s your responsibility and choice. You need to protect it.
10. Let go in order to grow.
You cannot grow and the church cannot grow unless you let go of things.
This includes things you love doing.
Let other people be involved in it.
What are you letting go of this year?
A good leader will use positive illustrations and examples…A Servant Leader IS the positive illustration or example.
I am and so many others are the beneficiary of the leadership and stewarship of simple, humble, amazing servant leaders like Pastor Glen Kruen…he is a servant found trustworthy.