1. Not getting the big picture
Are you living for this weekend? Then you’ll be mediocre your whole life. Short-term outlooks are for day traders, invest in the long-term. Enjoy today’s ministry while preparing for tomorrow’s.
2. Hiding behind rules
I’m a rules guy, I like it when people follow the rules, especially my rules. However, ministry isn’t governed by a set of rules. Jesus was grace and truth. Many of us are too graceful or too truthful!
3. Missing opportunities
Paralysis by analysis. Are you a pastor who lets opportunities fly by? Take a chance! This brings me to my next point.
4. Risk avoidance
Risk avoidance had no place in Jesus’ ministry and it should have no place in yours! Pray, then move!
5. Justification for failure
When you or someone from your team screws up, be a man, take responsibility for it. No excuses!
6. Not accepting failure
This is the real world. Projects, people, and even ministries, fail. Get over it. Learn from your mistakes and move on.
7. Uneven skills
Are you called to preach and teach, yet stuck being an administrator? You should move on, you’re probably only frustrating yourself and those around you.
8. People pleasing
Being in ministry means being in the people business, but we’re not in the people pleasing business. Trying to please everybody means that you’ll please nobody. Seek wise counsel and do what God is calling you to do.
Want to frustrate your top volunteers? Micromanage. Nothing says “I want you to leave” to a top performer like micromanaging.