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Leading others will take you to places you never knew you’d go.

Those places may be to the highest of highs or the lowest of lows. I’ve experienced both in my time in youth ministry.

You’ve probably experienced similar, whether it was in church leadership or business leadership.

And through these ups and down, leaders must have faith.

Leaders must have faith that there will be better days ahead

Leaders must have faith that they will see others grow

Leaders must have faith that others can take over

Leaders must have faith that they can make a difference

Leaders must have faith that when they fail they can be redeemed

Leaders must have faith that there is good in the world

Leaders must have faith that the new generation has better ideas than the past generations

If you ask any leader of a non-profit or church what one of the hardest things to do is, you’ll most likely hear they have trouble keeping quality volunteers to help out.

They ask and ask but receive no response. If they do receive responses, those responses are subpar.

The end result is finding quality volunteers is hard.

But there’s actions you can take as a leader to find quality volunteers that will stick with your organization for years to come.

Have clearly defined guidelines: Skimping on guidelines for volunteers is an easy thing to do, especially when you’re struggling to bring in people to help.

This is a huge mistake. The guidelines you’ve laid out for volunteers is there for a reason. They help weed out those who will not be a good fit and clearly defines what is expected out of each volunteer.

Our lives are ripe with opportunities to take offense to the actions of others. Even more so, I believe, when you take on the mantle of leadership.

Opportunities For Offense As Leaders

Leading gives us many chances to become bitter. It’s true, especially when you begin to examine leadership and the intricacies involved with leading.

You’ll come across those who:

Want to take your position as a leader

Talk behind your back

Pass your over for promotion

Find opportunities to usurp your position

Try to turn others against you

If you’ve been a situation like these, you know there’s the whisper that’s telling you to hold onto the hurt you felt. It’s your right after all, right?

And that’s how offenses begin to take hold. That’s how offenses begin to hinder your ability to lead.

The Bible is a wealth of leadership wisdom. There are scripture verses that encourage leaders.

There are also Bible verses that should scare leaders.

These scary Bible verses are rarely talked about. They’re kept under wraps and ignored by most.

I’ve even swept the troublesome Bible verses under the run and shared encouraging Bible verses for leaders with you, my readers.

This is a mistake. The Bible has clear warnings for leaders. If we ignore these challenging Bible verses, us leaders are in deep trouble.

Today, I want to pull back the veil and share the Bible verses that should make leaders nervous. Are you ready for this?

1. Acts 20:28

Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.

While leadership has it’s upsides, there’s also the dark side of leadership. Rarely talked about in public, the frustrating reality of being a leader is often hid. But this needs to change.

We need to publicly acknowledge leadership may not be for everyone. Leadership may hurt more than you thought. Leadership may not even be fun! There are frustrating realities to leadership. Let’s discuss them today.

 

If you’ve been in leadership for any period of time, you know that leadership can be a burden rather than a joy. You may dread going into the office. You may dread going to the church service you lead. Or you might dread waking up and leading your family. You will find yourself frustrated as you lead. There’s no doubt in my mind. Something will happen and frustrations will rise. Frustrating realities of leadership are: