What Does Jesus Want You To Stop Doing?

I came across an interesting post from INC.com entitled What Your Team Really Hates About Your Leadership Style. I was intrigued by the topic so I read through the article and have been chewing on this for the past few days.

Vineet Nayar, CEO of Indian IT company HCL Technologies, researched what would your employees really tell you about your leadership. He asked the question: “What’s the one thing you’d like your boss to stop doing?” (Read the HBR article here)

At the end of the article he suggests:
How about starting your Monday-morning team meeting with a simple question: What’s the one thing you want me to stop doing as your boss?

I wonder if pastors and Christian leaders have the guts to ask the question this way: What’s the one thing Jesus wants you to stop doing?

(You might try asking your staff and church members what they think Jesus wants you to stop doing…)

When I was a pastor, it was easy to get so busy doing so many things. In fact, the busier I was, the more valuable I felt that I was to the kingdom of God. I worked hard at doing the stuff that pastors are supposed to do – preparing sermons, leading, developing leaders, growing the church, caring for needs, counseling, shepherding, etc.

Reflecting back on my years as a pastor now — it was doing all these good things pastors are supposed to do that kept me from doing what Jesus said: “Go therefore and make disciples.”
I was busy serving the needs of the church and helping church members to become better followers of Jesus. Yet I found it hard to spend time with non-followers of Jesus because I spent so much time with followers of Jesus. It was difficult to make disciples of non-Chrsitians because I was so busy helping Christians to become better followers.

I wonder what Jesus might want you to stop doing pastor so that you can more fully engage in spending time with lost people and helping them to become followers of Jesus?

Today’s Missional Challenge

Consider what you need to stop doing to start making disciples who make disciples.


Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer and strategist – and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. His training skills have been used to mobilize church planters, pastors and ministry leaders across the country and around the world. Missional Challenge partners together with churches, networks and denominations to advance disciplemaking movements globally.With 25+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches. He created The Multiplication Cycle™ to assist church planters to start churches by making disciples. He has trained and coached hundreds of coaches and church planters across the United States and internationally.Dave has been coaching pastors and church planters for more than ten years. His experience in church multiplication led to his doctorate in transformational leadership at Bakke Graduate University. He also received a Master of Divinity from The Master’s Seminary and graduated from Biola University with a B.S. in Business Administration.
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  1. Sydney
    Sydney says:

    What a great challenge! I need to remember to ask myself this more often, not only so I can become a better disciple-maker, but also to become more of the person God wants me to be. I could also flip it to ask another helpful question: What's something Jesus wants me to start doing?

    Right now, I feel that God is calling me to stop trying to be in control.


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