Recently, I’ve been reading a book called, The Truth Shall Make You Odd: Speaking with Pastoral Integrity in Awkward Situations, by Frank Honeycutt. There are several strengths to this book–such as writing style, fresh takes on familar texts, etc. However, it was the title of the book that drew me
One of the best ministry tips I might suggest at this time of year is to watch out for the pitfalls of church “resolutions.” Tis the season to resolve to do things, and there is nothing wrong with that. I have some goals of my own. Our church has some, as well. However, our resolutions can become our nemesis. If a church fails to meet human generated goals year after year, it will injure the church’s long-term resolve and erode their trust in leadership.
…is one of the hardest things to do. Yet, every successful pastor or church is able to do this. To say, “I didn’t try very hard,” “I let them get to me,” or, on the positive side, to tell ourselves, “I did a good job on that by God’s strength,” requires the ability to tell oneself the truth.
It’s hard enough to tell others the truth. It’s at least twice as hard to tell ourselves the truth about reality. Yet, the decision to tell ourselves the truth about the state of our church, leadership team, or personal life is the first step in opening ourselves up to God’s transforming power and new possibilities for whatever leadership endeavor we’re engaged with.