A few years ago, I read an article that summarized almost 1,000 interviews with some of the nation’s top corporate leaders. The article declared that the #1 need a leader of a corporation needs to provide for everyone is clarity.
If a leader does not lead, he cannot provide clarity. If this is true for global business leaders, it is even truer for every pastor of a local church or one who is leading a Christian ministry or institution built on the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Pastors, Lead With Clarity
Ask yourself this question and be honest in answering it: Am I leading with clarity? Does everyone around me know where I am going and where I want him or her to go with me?
If you are really daring and desire a complete, honest assessment, ask the leaders in your church: Am I leading with clarity? If you have a staff team, ask them: Am I leading with clarity?
If any leader should be leading with clarity, it is a pastor. I did not say it would be easy, but as pastors, our mission is clear. Do not let the negative people of your church distract you or determine the agenda of your church.
Jesus is the Chief Shepherd of His Church and He is more than clear about what He wants us doing. He states in Matthew 28:19-20:
“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
If it is not clear enough that we are to make disciples of all nations by going, baptizing, and teaching them, then perhaps this will help. Jesus gave His final marching orders to His followers right before He ascended to heaven. Acts 1:8 says:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
With clarity, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we are to make disciples and witness His gospel everywhere regionally, statewide, nationally, and internationally.
Pastor, get back on message! Readjust your life and leadership with clarity. Lead with clarity!
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SOURCE: Ronnie Floyd
Since 1986, Pastor Floyd has served as the Senior Pastor of Cross Church, Northwest Arkansas. In June 2014, Dr. Floyd was elected President of the Southern Baptist Convention following his nomination by R. Albert Mohler Jr., President of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.