5 Common Lies Leaders Face (and a Declaration to take its Place)

5 Common Lies Leaders Face (and a Declaration to take its Place)

Enjoy this brief and powerful blog written by Steve Backlund for leaders on January 12th, 2015. 

5 Common Lies Leaders Face

(and a Declaration to take its Place)

by Steve Backlund

1. I am the only leader in the world who feels dishonored by those they lead. Ha ha!

This is a classic, “I’m the only one!” lie. Whatever you are facing, you can be sure you are not alone. In place of this lie, declare, “I live a life of great honor which causes the people of our church to honor everyone including me.”

2.  Our church must not be a safe place if there is conflict. Ha ha!

Here is a great declaration for a pastor facing a conflict with people in the church, “I consistently turn conflict into Kingdom growth for others and myself.”

3.  The only way I can be respected is if my people think I do not have any weaknesses –Let’s give an extra laugh at that! Ha ha!

Leaders say “My humility and transparency is a powerful aspect of my ministry. I have wisdom for what to share and what not to share.”

4.  As long as a person is anointed in a church service, it does not matter what choices or attitudes they have outside of the ministry setting. Ha ha!

Here is a powerful belief: “I process information given to me about others in a healthy way. I have and give away keys for success in everyday life.”

5.  If someone isn’t happy with my preaching, I must be doing something wrong. Ha ha!

Here is a good focus for us today, “I am committed to a life-long personal growth plan, including my preaching and teaching.”


Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.

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