Stress is something every leader will face. Most likely on a daily basis.

Yet so few of us effectively deal with stress. This is a problem!

Stress robs us of our health. Stress affects our relationships. Stress plays games with our minds.

Stress is a killer.

That’s why we need to talk on ways we can deal with stress.

Let me be upfront. Over the past few months my battles with stress haven’t gone too well.

Between searching for a new vehicle to a major ERP upgrade at work to a frustrating iPad repair, there’s been a lot of stress.

My nights have been restless (My wife has said I’m throwing punches in my sleep). Anger has become an issue. I’ve even slipped into gossiping (I’m sorry Matt! I know what you say about gossip).

We’ve heard horror stories on how the modern church is shrinking. No one is going to church, or so we’re told.

Some of these scary church statistics are true.

people are hungry for good churches

Image by Jim Lupack

 

However, the reasons the church isn’t growing like we think it should are not the reasons we think. We’re actually pretty far off base when we come to the reasons people stop coming to church.

What’s Not Working

Church leaders try to put on big church productions, the ones with flashy lights and slick production. Church leaders believe this is what will bring people to church.

Church leaders try to make the message of the Bible more relevant. Church leaders believe watering down the truth of the Bible will bring people to church.

Church leaders try to tickle the ears of their congregants. Church leaders believe playing to what people want to hear will bring people to church.

Leadership shouldn’t be considered a cozy position. Leadership should actually be considered quite dangerous.

You could almost say being a leader is like being on a battle field.

Leadership is dangerous

Image via Kyle Simourd

You’ll face many dangers as you take the first steps as a leader. You’ll face even more the longer you carry the title.

It’s a fact of life and one you must live with if you want to help people grow.

Over the last 15 years of leadership, I’ve seen leaders fall to temptation and the dangers that come with leading.

Let’s look at a few of the danger areas for leaders…

Ego: Who doesn’t like to be told how great they are? Who doesn’t like to see the results of their labors? Who doesn’t like having their ego stroked?

Seeing April come to an end marks one third of the year gone. Can you believe it?

The year 2015 seems like it started yesterday but we’ve already entered the fifth month of the year. Crazy, I tell you!

april 2015 wordle

I hope this year has only gotten better for you as the year has progressed. Ours definitely has.

With that said, it’s time to get to business today. Today’s post is all about what happened last month and what’s going to happen going forward.

So, let’s take a look at the top posts, the top commenters, the blog statistics, and happenings in my life.

Top Blog Posts

1. 12 Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Furious 7

2. 20 Encouraging Bible Verses For Young Leaders

3. 16 Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Big Hero 6

4. 40 Leadership Lessons And Quotes From Netflix’s Daredevil

I enjoyed the first Avengers movie. Seeing Chris Evans as Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Scarlett Johnansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury was amazing.

I don’t believe it was as great as everyone said it was but it was still enjoyable. Now, Disney and Marvel has released the latest in the Avengers series, Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, and this one blows the first movie out of the water.

leadership lessons and quotes from Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron

For those not in the know, the Avengers is a team of superheroes who band together to combat ominous threats to earth. In their first outing, they faced Loki and his evil hordes. In round two, they face off against an evil robot called Ultron.

This sets us up for plenty of leadership lessons and quotes from the Avengers. Let’s dig in!