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There are many leadership mistakes we make as pastors. I’m certain I make one nearly everyday.
This post is only about one mistake. Only one, but one of the worst.
And, frankly, I’m as guilty of this one as anyone. I think most of us are prone to making this mistake. In any realm of leadership.
Here is one of the worst mistakes pastors make in leadership:
Allowing a few negative voices to overwhelm us.
Have you been guilty of that mistake?
Be careful. There is a Biblical principle here.
“Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?” (1 Corinthians 5:6)
When we place our focus on a few negatives, it injures everyone.
- We cater to them.
- We try to appease them.
- We worry about them.
- We neglect the greater good.
And, in the end, here’s the strange part I’ve seen –
We usually find out nothing we could have done would have made them happy anyway.
Negative people are often negative for reasons other than something you did as a leader.
They are hurting. Of course, we need to love them, pray for them, and help them as we can.
But, when we let their negativity control us, in the process, everyone loses.