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Common Things That Kill the Success of Leaders

By New Churches Team

There are some common things that will kill the success of a leader. Every leader typically has a problem with one of three things: money, sex, or power. Leaders have a tendency to falter on one of those three things. And when it comes to these three things, one frequently leads to another.

An obsession is also something that can take leaders out. When we look at people that have been taken out of leadership positions, this is a common cause.

The Root of the Problem

In the Book of James, we read that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. In light of this verse, if you consider the three main areas that leaders stumble in, one thing to consider is that pride might be the root of all three things. It is pride that causes you to find security in money – that you earn, deserve, or control it. It’s pride that leads you to think that you can have sex with whoever you want. It’s pride that causes you to seek out power and stroke your own ego.

Creating Boundaries

Community – people in your life that are not in charge of, that do not work for you – can keep you accountable and honest. If the only people in your life are people that work for you, then they may not be willing to hold you accountable due to the power balance in your relationship. You need to have people in your life who are completely unimpressed with you.

You need to be able to pray for and with your spouse. If you can’t pray with your spouse and if you can’t share what you are going through with your spouse, then you are missing an intimate level of accountability. When you are praying with your spouse, that is as accountable as it gets.

Focus on your spiritual disciplines. Reading the Scriptures daily has massive effects on your overall spiritual health. It’s hard to read the Bible and not be moved in some way. You can reread passages again and again in your life and still find a new way to apply them each time. The Word is living and active and sharper than a two-edged sword.

Adapted from the New Churches Q&A Podcast Episode 512: Success Killers. Click here to listen to more to church planting, multisite, and multiplication tips.


New Churches Team

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