1. Arrogance – The thing that Cancer and arrogance have in common is they are both killers. Cancer, however, tends to bring relationships into focus. Arrogance pushes people away into the land of “everything is great”! It’s the enemy of intimacy. If things are going well at your church you probably have groupies. Men or women who constantly compliment you and sing your praises from the highest hill. The greatest challenge you’ll have is remembering that your just a man. God is the secret sauce.
2. Thinking it will always be like this – It won’t be, and thinking it will is planning to fail in the future. The reason it won’t be is because what is working today won’t work tomorrow. So you’ll either be in a constant state of intentional change or an eventual state of irrelevance.
3. Church Building – I’ve written a ton on this but most leaders go into a building season with eyes wide shut. Your facilities will play a large role in your future. Over building or under building can kill your growth. And like any living thing it’s either growing or it’s dying.
4. Scandal - Every single pastor that has had a scandal thought it could never happen to them. Do you know where it would come from? I promise the seeds are already there. Do you know why? Because Jesus promised the gates of hell would not come against his church but didn’t say hell wouldn’t give it a shot. Don’t know where to start on avoiding scandal. Start here with and article on “Who’s got your back”..
5. Lack of Investment in your primary relationship – Think about you best childhood friend. Who was it? Why? Are you still good friends today? Why?
One of two things is true. You either are still tight because you invested in the relationship, or you grew apart because you no longer made the investment. I understand we all grow up and move. Geography is a relationship killer, even for the best of friends. But not with God. Are you still making the investment? Or have you moved away? How do you move back?
Here are three quotes that point me in the right direction. I hope they will for you too.
“Time in the word is time in prayer” Joe Glenn Smith
“Prayer isn’t preparation for the battle, prayer is the battle” unknown
“Don’t resort to prayer….start there” Me