Both sides to leaving…

I just wanted to share some random thoughts about leaving.  From both sides…

First, no one stays on a team forever.  That said, as leaders, be ready to lose someone.  It is ok.  Don’t worry about that.  Don’t let that impact your investment.  Do your best to equip them to be all that God wants them to be no matter where that is.  As a leader, it is our job to love on them and walk with them until their last day.  Be a blessing and not a hinderance.  Be a encourager and not a limiter.  Be a springboard for them and not a sandbag.  Saying you care is not the same thing as showing you care.  Your investment with them until the end will show God you care about the resources He has trusted you with.  This is a serious matter.  I walked through this recently with a great friend of mine, Pastor Kevin.  PK left for Colorado 3 months ago and I care even more about him today than when he was on our team.  I want to be one of his biggest cheerleaders and fans.  I knew God was steering him a different direction, and while it was tough and sad, as a leader, it allowed me a new chapter from a different perspective, to continue to invest in him and remain part of his journey.  Please do not cut someone off and cast them a side because they announce they are leaving or they have done all for you that they can.  Be a bigger leader than that.

Second, here are a few thoughts on how to leave.  One of my mentors, RTB, taught me to always leave something better than how I found it.  Give everything you have until your last day.  Do not slow down or lay up.   Do not do it for a person or your boss but do it because it honors God and the calling that He has given to you.  Do not leave destruction in your wake.  Set the team and next leader up to jump off of your shoulders and not to be stuck behind picking up the pieces.  Cast an exciting vision.  Speak hope and life and NOT death and defeat.  It is your job to be the best leader you can be until your last day.  I really believe that how you finish one chapter will greatly determine how you start the next chapter.  Finish strong and be ready to start even stronger!

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14 Responses to Both sides to leaving…

  1. Mark says:

    Well said my brother! May God emencely bless you as you continue to follow His leading.

  2. Brian Hearon says:

    Outstanding thoughts! Praying blessings as you go!

  3. Debbie McChesney says:

    I love this, and couldn’t agree more. It should also be mentioned that when we’re talking about ministry, investing in someone who will eventually move on to the next calling is never a loss. That person moves on to continue to build His Kingdom in His Church (big “C”), and that stands forever! Your heart for God’s Kingdom really shines through in this post. Keep on keepin’ on! 🙂

  4. Danielle says:

    Hate to see you go but completely understand all you said…you’ve definitely made FP a better place xoxo

  5. Butch says:

    I totally agree with both sides of this and brother Chad is leading by this example.

  6. Tiffany says:

    Well said and a great reminder for us all!!!
    Aaron and I are thankful for you and your leadership!!!

  7. Sharon says:

    You have touched and helped so many, including my family. I can’t wait to see what God is preparing for you. You will be missed!

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