I like John C. Maxwell’s definition of success: “Success is knowing your purpose in life, growing to reach your maximum potential, and sowing seeds that benefit others.”
If you’re reading this, you’re likely a church leader of some kind. You may be a Lead Pastor, an Executive Pastor, a Worship Arts Pastor, a Youth Minister, a Communications Director, a Bible Study Leader, or a volunteer for one of the many ministries at your church.
What unifies you to everyone else likely reading this post is that you have a firm understanding of your purpose in life: to see God glorified and the gospel spread. In seeking to see that happen, you’re undoubtedly “sowing seeds that benefit others.”
But it’s that second characteristic of success Maxwell talks about that church leaders often wrestle with the most: “growing to reach your maximum potential.”
You feel like you could be doing so much more if it weren’t for a long list of reasons:
- Not enough time.
- Insufficient staff.
- A lack of resources.
- Little inspiration.
- Siloed ministries.
- A small budget.
- A lack of community.
I’m certain you could add more. The fact is, all too often as church leaders we allow what we don’t have to dictate what we can do instead of working to find solutions within the particular constraints of our respective ministries.
We may not have miraculous powers and be able to turn a few fish and some loaves of bread into a feast for thousands, but we do have access to invaluable resources in other church leaders.
For instance, the knowledge that others have who’ve overcome the same obstacles you’re currently facing can help you:
- Be proactive, instead of reactive, with your service programming.
- Be on the cutting edge of useful tech trends.
- Not have to reinvent your creative process for every new idea or project.
- Make a viable case for your budget numbers so your budget isn’t cut every year.
- Learn how to effectively tell stories that move people to action.
- Set a workable schedule for every project so that you no longer live under the constant pressure of your next deadline.
The all-online Flow Creative Arts Conference (April 14, 2016) was specifically designed with church leaders like you in mind. It’s a place where church leaders who know what you’re going through will share their best tips on how to be a successful church creative.
The brutal truth of the matter is that your time, staff, resources, and budget may not change for the better this year. But there’s still one thing you can change for the better: yourself.
And since John C. Maxwell opened this post, these parting words are a fitting, closing challenge: “If you don’t change the direction you are going, then you’re likely to end up where you’re heading.”
Choose to change your direction. Register for the Flow Creative Arts Conference today.