It is time for my local church to vote on whether or not to retain my services as pastor. I am completing the fourth year of a four-year call, and my tenth year in full-time service to this congregation. I have actually been associated with this church for over 10 1/2 years. The church has grown from an average in the low 50's when I arrived to an average attendance last month of 115. That's not too bad for a church out in the middle of rural Indiana! God has been good and the church is healthier than it has been in many years.
Votes for pastors can be nerve-wracking. I do not worry about this upcoming vote. The worse thing that can happen is for people to say it is time for a change and ask me to leave. My church board has unanimously recommended me for an extension. That's cool, and I am appreciative!
But my main thought today is that of leadership. A position is the weakest and least effective level of leadership. True leadership is influence - nothing more, nothing less. I love the old leadership proverb: "He who thinketh he leadeth and hath no one following him only taketh a walk."
With that in mind, I'm asking myself the following questions. You might find them helpful.
Top Five Project:
1. Who are the five people I most want to influence this next year?
2. What am I currently doing to influence them?
3. What will I have to do to increase my influence with them?
4. How will I measure the successfulness of my influence?