Pastors, NEVER Mix Up These Two Things

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Leaders never thrive in an environment where there is a lack of trust.

Many supporting pastors at churches (i.e. youth pastors, small-group pastors, worship pastors, children’s pastors, etc.) get discouraged by their senior pastor’s micromanagement.

Some people like to be micromanaged because they don’t want to be accused of thinking too far outside the box or pushing the limits. So micromanagement fits them because someone comes alongside them and tells them what to do every step of the way.

However, leaders don’t like to be micromanaged … in fact, they hate it.

Most people who are hired to work on a church staff are leaders (meaning true leaders; not just those who are given the title “leader,” but those who actually have a gift for leadership). Checking up on every detail in a true leader’s work life feels to them like a lack of trust.

Leaders never thrive in an environment where there is a lack of trust.

The bottom line for micro managers is this: Stop it!!

You are sucking the joy out of the people you are leading. When their work is not a joy, they will eventually no longer want to work for you.

Micromanagers ensure that their organization will have a revolving door with staff going in and out all the time.

Okay, let’s shift gears; my intent for today’s post is to address something that should never be mixed up or confused with micromanagement, and that’s MACROmanagement.

What do I mean?

Macromanagement is vision. It is setting the course from 30,000 feet, pointing the direction, determining the strategy, getting the team excited, and letting them run to fulfill the vision!

There are two tragic mistakes in organizational life where macromanagement is concerned.

The first tragedy is when there is no macromanagement.

Vision is the fuel for your organization and for those you lead. Vision excites them, motivates them, inspires them, makes them want to try harder and, ultimately, creates a stronger work ethic.

The second tragic mistake regarding macromanagement is when macromanagement and micromanagement are confused with one another.

They are sometimes confused because they both get results. However, they do it in very different ways: Micromanagement gets results by lighting a fire under people’s butts, but macromanagement gets results by lighting a fire in people’s hearts!

Alan Danielson Alan Danielson is the Senior Pastor of New Life Bible Church in Norman, Oklahoma. Previously he served as Central Team Leader for LifeGroups at LifeChurch.tv in Edmond, OK, where he led over a thousand small groups on LifeChurch’s thirteen campuses in six different states. He then founded 3Threat.net to help leaders master three essential leadership skills: vision-casting, creating strategy and fostering relationships. Alan is a popular conference speaker and consults regularly with ministries and leaders on topics relating to small groups and leadership. Learn more from Alan at 3Threat.net.

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  • BAYISSA MILKESSA

    THE BASIC ISSUE OF LEADERSHIP IN CHURCH IS NOT THE ISSUE OF MICRO AND MACRO MANAGERS;RATHER IT IS THE ISSUE OF LACK OF LEADERSHIP GIFT FROM ABOVE. IF WE FIND SOMEBODY GIFTED FROM ABOVE,WHETHER HE/SHE USES MICRO OR MACRO MANAGEMENTS,SHE/HE WILL EDIFY, SANCTIFY AND BUILD UP THE CHURCH OF CHRIST TO DOMINATE THE WORLD WITH LIFE PHILOSOPHIC OF CHRIST THE SON OF GOD.THEREFORE,THE PRESENCE OF MICRO AND MACRO MANAGEMENT DO NOT BRING DIFFERENCE BECAUSE THE GIFT OF LEADERSHIP IN CHRIST SHOWS THE USE OF BOTH MANAGEMENT STYLE FOR THE GOODNESS OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

    • http://www.chadeddy.com/ Chad Eddy

      So, if I’m gifted by God to be a leader, I’ll be a perfect leader and never have to worry about leadership issues or principles, or have room to grow in leadership? And if I’m not a perfect leader but still hopefully growing in my craft, it’s not a true gift from above? Is that what I’m hearing?
      I appreciate this post. Thanks Alan!

    • Jeremy

      False… “Leaders from above” get this principal.

    • Najee

      Not so. I sense a cultural difference in your and the author’s experience, however the author speaks truth to me. Also, you may not be aware of this, but capitalizing everything indicates that you are shouting. Not necessary here.

    • Mcinemi

      You know, I am never motivated to read comments in all capitals. Please don’t do that.

  • Ernest Wamboye

    Wow! Spoke to me. Ministered directly! Thanks Alan Danielson

  • Denise

    Thanks Alan! Very enlightening and it described how I am feeling as a leader. I feel boxed in by micromanagement!

  • RetiredAirman

    Micro or Macro, if you are the Pastor you should lead. If you do not, you will burn. When I was in the military one of the things taught in business administration is this – you can delegate all you want, but in the end YOU are accountable.

    • Jeremy

      There is a difference between Micro Management and accountability. There is a difference between Leadership and Management too. Understanding these differences can the difference between success and failure.

    • Brivolbn7q!

      “If you do not, you will burn.” Care to expound on that?

  • chris

    I love your message, keep it coming