Through the years in my role as a worship leader, I always have tried to find the balance between guiding my team and giving them responsibility and authority in the creative realm. Mostly this has been a big experiment, and at times it didn't go as well as I would have liked it to. It takes a healthy leadership team and leaders who aren't afraid, but I believe that we can release people to carry vision with authority within the local church setting. In fact, I don't think we have any other option if we are going to see them grow into powerful kingdom advancing people.

I found the following article by Stephen Brewser very insightful. Stephen is the Creative Arts Pastor at Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN. Let's live, lead, and serve with intentionality.

11 Reasons Why Your Best Volunteers Are Leaving

We Stop Leading With Vision – Vision matters. It creates momentum and excitement. When we lead with vision and with “why,” we’re doing something that makes people move from renters to owners. Vision births passion.

We Don’t Allow People to Unleash Their Passions – It’s vital to keep people engaged and to align their passions with opportunities. When people are passionate about something, they not only want to do it…they have to do it. When we miss the chance to align passion and purpose, we fail our best people.

We Control Rather Than Trust – Great people want to be trusted. They won’t be capable of sticking around if they feel they need to be micro-managed. Will they mess up? Yes. Will they do things different than we think they should? Probably. But growth – for them and for our organization – requires sharing not just the responsibility but also the authority. This creates leaders that will learn from you and your systems and help lead and coach other leaders.

Continue reading the rest of this article by clicking through to Stephen’s blog.


- Clint