4 Ways to Sabotage Your Leadership

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Stay clear of these ministry-destroying attitudes and actions.

1. Never say “no” to anyone, believing you have to be available to anyone with a need.

If you don’t, they might stop giving, spread rumors about you or leave the church.

Do everything yourself.

Don’t totally trust or delegate responsibility to anyone else, because no one can do it as well as you can. It will take you longer to develop someone else than just doing it yourself.

2. Be suspicious and keep your eyes open. 

People are out to get you, have you fired or get your job. Never get personal or share information about your family in public communication as it may be used against you. -Avoid transparency and vulnerability in your relationships, assuming it’s a sign of weakness.

3. Don’t allow anyone to offer constructive criticism or question your motives, decisions or ideas.

You are God’s anointed and no one should touch you. Put your family second to the church. Your family will understand that you are serving the Lord and should be willing to pay the price. Find your security, identity, worth and significance in how big your ministry is and how fast it’s growing. Didn’t they count people in the book of Acts? Isn’t there is a book in the Bible called “Numbers?”

4. Don’t worry about taking vacations or practicing Sabbath.

Real leaders give it all they have (and more) and can rest when they get to heaven. It’s better to burn out than to rust out. Jesus was tired most of the time, never took a vacation and was so exhausted that he fell asleep in a boat in the middle of a storm. You can be like Jesus! Don’t worry about secret sin … nobody’s perfect. If you confess your sin, people will think you are not worthy to be a leader and will ask you to step down. 

Dave Kraft Dave became a follower of Jesus at the age of 20. He has been married to Susan for 41 years. They have four adult children and six grand children. Dave served with The Navigators for 38 years retiring in the fall of 2005. In those years he and Susan served in Southern and Northern California, Sweden, Colorado and Washington. He is currently one of the pastors at Mars Hill Church in Seattle and serves as the pastor for gospel coaching and leadership development on the Resurgence team. Dave is also a professional coach with Ministry Coaching International, coaching pastors around the country.

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  • Brian

    Seems like you snuck a 5th point in there, in unconfessed “secret’ sins. But that’s OK. Too many of us find out that when we are worn down and worn out, that’s when we’re most likely to let our guard down and stumble…

  • i12know

    “Jesus was so exhausted that he fell asleep in a boat in the middle of a storm”. That’s true though.

  • Pam

    I don’t agree with some of this. You can’t lead with no rest. Sometimes you have to say no under certain circumstances. And you can’t be a Lone Ranger. Every leader needs help. And need pray and ask God to send someone they can trust.

    • Josh

      That was the point. The article’s title suggests that these are ways to ruin a ministry. Thus, to minister well, one must say no sometimes, and rest, and accept help and criticism, and be transparent.

  • deb

    Well said! Jesus walked on water by faith and an ever present intimate relationship with His Father. The rest of us need to realize we aren’t God! Check the egos at the doors and be real, as Christ is real!


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