5 Things Your Leaders Wish You Knew And Did.
In this article, I reveal 5 things every leader wants you to know and do. Sometimes we condemn leaders for their mistakes. This is very discouraging and actually stops leaders from performing at their best. Instead we should do these 5 things.
1. Pray for your Leaders
It is interesting that one of the greatest Apostles ever, continually asked his church members to pray for him and his team. Apostle Paul asked his church to pray for them so that they can boldly explain and spread the gospel of Jesus. Sometimes, in our churches, we mock leaders when we don’t enjoy their sermons rather than pray for them. Apostle Paul said,
Also pray that God will give me the right words to say. Then I will speak boldly when I reveal the mystery of the Good News. (Ephesians 6:19)
We can also pray for the welfare of leaders, that God delivers them from evil and meet all their needs (2 Corinthians 1:8-11).
We also need to pray that God helps them to do things right. Let us not condemn leaders when they make mistakes.
Pray for us. We are sure that our consciences are clear because we want to live honourably in every way. (Hebrews 13:18)
You haven’t earned a right to criticise a leader when you haven’t walked in their shoes and especially when you don’t pray regularly for them.
2. Appreciate your Leaders
When your leaders do something nice or go out of their way for you, let them know you appreciate it. Your email, phone call or text of appreciation goes a long way. Celebrate their milestones and achievements. Get them gifts and let them know that you love them.
It’s very disheartening as a leader when your members keep silent when you do right but are quick to attack you for your mistakes. Appreciate your leaders.
Unfortunately, we have this culture in our society where we tend to celebrate people when they move on. I always tell my church that the day I move on, they’ll queue up to give nice speeches about me but I would rather that they tell me regularly and not wait until my leaving do.
3. Forgive your Leaders
Leadership is hard and leaders are human beings. Leaders make mistakes, sometimes very bad mistakes. They’re not perfect. Apostle Peter received a revelation about Jesus and next second allowed the devil to use him (Matthew 16:13-23).
When people offend their leaders, they expect to be forgiven. In the same way, when your leaders offend you, forgive and address it directly with them. They’ll appreciate it. The same mercy you expect others to show you, show the same to your leaders.
4. Defend your Leaders
Don’t allow people to talk bad behind your leaders to you. If a leader is praying for you but you’re condemning and gossiping about them, how can their prayers bless you?
If someone complains to you about a particular leader, suggest that they address it directly with the leader. Don’t get involved because a lot of the time people tell you only one side of the story and leave out the part they messed up which makes the leader look bad.
In any case God doesn’t like people gossiping about leaders. Miriam and Aaron gossiped about Moses and although Moses didn’t hear it, God heard it.
So they said, “Has the Lord indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us also?” And the Lord heard it. (Numbers 12:2)
God punished Miriam, possibly the chief instigator, with leprosy. Leaders get enough spiritual attacks so we don’t need to attack them further. Let’s defend them.
5. Love your Leaders
Some practical ways of loving your leaders are checking up on their welfare, calling and texting them, buying them gifts. Show interest in their lives. They sacrifice so much to ensure your welfare. They have to put their issues and challenges aside in order to encourage you and stand firm to help and pray with you.
For some reason, people tend to ask me for help the most when my family is under very strong spiritual attack. In most cases, I put my personal issues to the side and deal with theirs. Nevertheless, by God’s grace I remain strong and support them. Do your best to love your leaders.
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