Make your Pioneers your Priority!
I’ve suggested that people have trained themselves, over their lifetimes, as to how they respond to change. Pastor, your job is to assess individual change posture of each of your key people are and lead them accordingly. In any community, you’ll find that people will posture themselves in one of three ways: “pioneers,” “belongers,” and “resisters.”
Jesus’ method was to make invitations, then watch to see how people chose to respond: pioneer, belonger, or resister. Like Jesus, effective leaders will lead their pioneers a certain way, their belongers another way, and their resisters a third way.
Here’s one application:
Pastor, live with your pioneers! Make sure they populate your appointment calendar. Every week, ensure that you spend most of your time with pioneers.
Work to clear your calendar of resisters, and to fill it with pioneers. It may take three months or more to wean yourself away from the passion-extinguishing complaints and tantrums of the unmotivated.
-Kirk Kirlin, Leadership Courage more at www.KirlinCoaching.com/
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