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?