Focus is such an important issue for leaders. Sometimes we try to do way too many things at once. In the last two-and-a-half years we've been travelling the world, there have been three words that have constantly come up: Focus, Intentionality, and Clarity.
A life-giving culture in your church and team. You have to really know what kind of culture you want. When we talk about "life-giving" it brings all sorts of overtones and thoughts as to what that really means.
If we think of Nehemiah and the incredible job that he did in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. The temple had already been restored but the wall were broken down, which means the temple was very vulnerable to attack.
Jesus tells a story in Matthew 21 where he walked past a tree and wanted something to eat. There was no fruit on the tree in fact there was leaves. He cursed that tree and when they walked past the day after that tree had absolutely shrunk to its roots.
Art and creativity over the years have very much been spurned by love, and betrayed love. Think about the songs and poems that have been written. Think about the paintings that have been painted.
When we start out as leaders it is not so difficult to lead individuals. Those that are just starting out on their journey, those who starting to learn how to serve and get going in their career or calling.
When we look at why things go wrong, sometimes we find out that it is the result of technical skill or the lack of proper ministry. But more often then not great crashes and burns happen as a result of a lack of Spiritual Formation.