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December 2013 Newsletter

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Encouraging Your Leaders

The wife of one of the leaders I coached a few years ago told me privately that her husband easily became introspective and discouraged without compliments. "Encouragement is his love language," she told me. "Right now he's receiving very little of it."But he's doing so well in cell ministry, I thought to myself. I realized afresh that even the most successful leaders need lots of encouragement.

Sadly, some people think that the lack of encouragement will motivate people to work harder. A marketing executive at a large consumer foods company noticed the great work of one of his regional directors. When asked if he had told the director that he was pleased with her progress, the executive responded, "No, she's just rounding first base at this point. I wouldn't want her to think she was almost home." The director was craving support and even a hint that her efforts were making a difference. But the executive believed that a pat on the back would cause her to slack off. The reality is that good cheering section would have let her know she was heading in the right direction and encouraged her to keep running.  Don't withhold praise. 

When I think about encouragement, the bottom line is that we all need it.  Never stop encouraging. Encourage right away. There is always something to encourage. Are the cell leaders faithful? Celebrate that faithfulness and any progress, even if it seems small. Winning is important, but the process is even more important, and you can always reward those who are doing their best. Again, I don't think we can encourage people enough.  

As 2013 comes to an end, what can you do to encourage your cell leaders, co-leaders, supervisors, and pastors? Here are some ideas:

  • A Thank-you card
  • A gift (e.g., Christian book, gift card, etc.)
  • Words of encouragement
  • A plaque or trophy expressing appreciation
  • Presentation of leaders in front of the church
  • An appreciation dinner (e.g. in the church, in a restaurant, etc.)

 

Do something. Don't allow indecision to stifle you into inactivity. This month on the JCG blog, we will be exploring how to honor cell leadership. Experienced cell church pastors will write ten blogs on this topic during the month of December. If you'd like to receive these blogs in your email inbox each day, please sign up HERE. We'll cover:

  • Week 1 (December 01-07). The importance of appreciating cell leadership (leaders, supervisors, and pastors). Remember that your leaders are truly pastoring the church and deserve recognition. Most are volunteers and their chief payment is their reward in heaven and our encouragement. We will look at the Scriptural base for appreciation and why it's important.
  • Week 2 (December 08-14). Practical tips for appreciating cell leadership, supervisors, and pastors. Dinner? Gift? Words of encouragement?

 

What have you done to encourage your cell leaders at this time of the year? Please comment HERE. 

 

Joel