Chuck Lawless: 8 Signs You’re Leading on the Defensive

In a football game, the defense matters. In the local church, though, being on the defensive as a church leader is not a strong posture for leading. Check these markers of leading on the defensive, and see if any characterize you.

  1. Your entire ministry seems to be about putting out firesEverything is about trying to keep the small fires from becoming a blaze. Your leadership is reactive, not proactive.
  2. You generally assume that “the other shoe” is still going to fall. Even when things are going well, you’re careful and protective—you just know that things are going to fall apart.
  3. You’ve lost any sense of vision for tomorrow. Any thoughts about pressing forward into the future are fleeting. Your goal is simply to get through the day.
  4. You’re taking fewer risks than you once did. You once took steps of faith as a leader, but now you guard those steps. Previous risks have led to pain, and you want to avoid it happening again.

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Source: Church Leaders