Probably the biggest surprise to me in the role of a lead pastor is that the challenges of leading a high capacity staff and leading them well is bigger than the challenges of preaching. And we have a great, amazing, unified staff! I can't imagine what it is like in a church filled with staff conflict. That is still very surprising to me even as I write this. But it's true:
- The challenge of leading our staff is a bigger challenge than preaching compelling sermons
- The challenge of leading our staff requires more time than preparing 45 minute sermons
- The challenge of leading our staff requires more creativity than preparing creative sermons
I love our staff and I love leading our staff. I'm not complaining at all. I'm just recognizing that the larger our church gets, the more it tests my leadership capacity and requires me to grow as a leader.