5 KEY LEADERSHIP LESSONS THAT I HAVE LEARNED IN THE LAST 10 YEARS IN MINISTRY
I have learned that:
- Jesus is the one who builds the Church. It is HIS Church, not mine (Matthew 16:18). I am called to train and love HIS people just like He loved them. (Ephesians 5: 25-27)
- I am not the Holy Spirit! (Thank God!) I cannot solve people’s problems. Pastors, we struggle with that; at least I do – What can you do for your people? Listen to them, pray for them, encourage them, and speak encouraging words into their present and future. I have learned that spiritual growth is every believer’s responsibility (John 14:26; Romans 8:16,26)
- Every now and then, I stress out. I worry too much. So, I need to sit with a few good friends at the table. We talk, open our hearts, and are accountable to each other. I have realized that I should look after myself well (body, soul, and spirit) before looking after others. I should rest and have fun. I should live my life to the full. Then my family and community will benefit from that. I am still learning to do this consistently and well (Matthew 6: 25-34; Philippians 4: 6-7).
- My family is more important than the ministry and the Church. My children are a blessing from God, and they grow up fast. I should make the most of them while they still live at home (two away and two at home). My wife is a gift from God, and I should love and care for her just as Christ loved the Church and gave His life for her. I love how passionate she is when she teaches. I love her generous heart, excellent taste, and passion for the Lord. I admire her eagerness for justice and that no one should be left out.
- God works in the long term and through families. He is the God who invites us to the process; very often, He is not in a hurry. Our breakthroughs will make an impact on our families for generations to come. That is why we must fix our eyes on the things above – the eternal things – material things are fleeting. My God is a good Father, better than ever imagined (Exodus 3:6; Matthew 22:32; Acts 3:13).
This article was written by our friend and international partner in Lima Peru, Pastor Dennis Arevelo. They are the pastoral leaders of Iglesia Centro De Fuego.