Learn to trust your leadership intuition and instincts at a deeper level.
God has placed leadership intuition within you through the Holy Spirit. Learn to fully sense it, trust it, and act on it.
Intuition and instinct have an important distinction.
- Intuition – Immediate inner sense of what is right.
- Instinct – Innate pattern of response and action to a given situation (experience).
- Intuition – You know what is right.
- Instinct – You do what is right.
- The emphasis here is on the action; we don’t always do the exact right thing, but the better our intuition, and more consistent our courage, the more often we are right.
The powerful combination for intuition is discernment and action.
Don’t hold back or freeze up; trust your leadership gut. More often than not, you will do the right thing.
In a time when it’s not easy to know what to do, don’t be discouraged; God will give you the wisdom to discern, intuition to know what to do, and courage to do it.
Embrace counterintuitive leadership thinking.
To catch a wave, you must paddle out through them, in the opposite direction you want to go, against the current. Then turn around and learn your timing to ride the wave.
This is a helpful picture of leadership that can be difficult to embrace.
Here is a difficult thought to embrace, most churches have been attempting to regain stability by encouraging those who once attended to return. However, it may be time to focus on your new guests who want to attend.
As spiritual leaders, those will never fully be let go once attended, but the more energy placed there, how many new people are being missed who are looking for spiritual answers and want to be part of a church community?
In a season when we are hungry for stability, there are some circumstances when a counterintuitive approach is the best approach, even if it seems to disrupt the norms.
Include methods that may be foreign to you.
There is more than one way to participate in a church, but some form of engagement is essential; it’s the nature of biblical community.
Christianity was never designed to be a spectator sport. Instead, we need to “practice our faith” to live the life Jesus modeled for us.
We are not limited in opportunities to move toward people in hopes of reaching them for Christ.
- The online experience is here to stay, and that’s good; we can all reach many who wouldn’t yet step foot into a physical church building.
- It was only a bit over twenty years ago that we knew very little about the coming wave of multisite; now, there are thousands of multisite churches.
- The House Church idea isn’t new, but the house church connected to a larger body is a new variation.
The important point: engagement is essential whatever approach you may include in addition to worship in a physical church building.