Dear Power-Filled Pastor,
I don't know about you, but I never liked hearing from people about any area of my life or ministry that needed improvement. I actually tried to shield myself from ever having to hear any potential negative information about me.
I began to realize that this was a dysfunctional attribute of my life and leadership. If I would have continued in this fear-based, insecure leadership style, then I would be very limited in my influence.
This blog, "Pastor, Your Sermons Are Not Feeding Me!"
shares some good insight into responding to input in our ministry.
Here is a core value I share on in my book
"HELP! I'm a Pastor": I build a culture of feedback in my ministry that I lead by example –
A) I set the tone for personal growth in the ministry by being passionate for personal improvement.
B) I am open about areas I desire to grow more in.
C) I create healthy systems where I receive feedback from those I lead about how I am leading.
D) I create space for feedback in ministries and leadership relationships (I commonly use the phrase, “Please share with me two things you appreciate about how I led that meeting and one thing I can improve on”).
Supporting verses: Proverbs 15:22, Proverbs 19:20
We will share concepts like this at our Ignited Church Leaders Conference in Detroit, MI on April 5 - 7, 2016.