Are you creating problems?

Great leaders create great problems.

If you’re not willing to create problems; you’re not willing to lead.

Leaders create problems by changing expectations.

Many churches that have been stagnant for years do not consider themselves to have any real problems.

Only when a leader begins to call them out of the status quo does it begin to be perceived as a problem.

Erwin McMannus

What problems are you creating?

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  • May 13, 2008  

    Needed to hear this so bad today. We are experiencing “problems” and shakeups. I know in my heart it is because we are pursuing hard after God in a passionate and fresh way.

    We are having all worship night on Wednesday. It will be a delicate balance of not upsetting the older generation since the youth band will be involved and playing some of “our” songs. Should be interesting…

  • fullofboys May 13, 2008  

    I love this quote…I might steal it! 🙂 I agree that ministry should always be evolving. I have often said that leadership is not always easy as you have to make tough decisions and spur people to stretch…but it is always worth it!

  • Marla Saunders May 13, 2008  

    Great thoughts, Jenni. Last fall when we were going through a high rate of unexpected turnover at church I remember reading about the church as a body, and that no body is ever healthy if there is nothing coming in or nothing going out. Further, change is almost always painful but is almost always necessary for creativity and innovation to flourish. I think this is probably true on a church level, organizational level and personal level. It is definitely true for me!

  • patrowland May 15, 2008  

    This is extremely refreshing given all the changes we are going through. I think we, as church leaders, think in terms of change as to what the reaction will be, knowing full well that there will be resistance, but in the long run it is the best choice. Thanks Jenni for the encouragement.

  • georgestull May 15, 2008  

    I’m already creating my share, but thanks for encouraging me to create some more!