Here are the notes from Fritz Dale’s first session with the student pastors/ workers on leader health. It was a great and challenging session.

Student Pastor/ Worker Spiritual Health

  • you can’t give away what you don’t have
  • most often, over the long run, people will remember you far more for who you are than what you do or how great a teacher you are!
  • Proverbs 4:23, “Guard your heart with all diligence for from it- or out of it- flows the wellsprings of life.”
  • don’t sacrifice depth (spiritual energy, integrity, passions and disciplines) for area (responsibilities, roles, demands and good opportunities)
  • remember the 80 / 20 rule! (20% of what I do will produce 80% of my ministry) Do a things well. Less is few more. Live by your priorities.
  • do you know what your fatal flaw is?
  • It is okay to lead with a limp. (we all have skeletons = limps) 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 Don’t be afraid to pursue being a wise fool.

“A wise fool has learned not to take oneself too seriously or to respond. One accepts the fact that life is laced with surprises and embarrassments, one relinquishes the demands to always be above shame. The wise fool has given up pretensions of fulfilling self-imposed expectations of complete competence and constant superiority. The wise fool who fumbles can shrug with self accepting chagrin at being temporarily less than what might be expected; the wise fool who stumbles can smile and laugh at the faux pas.” – David Augsberger

  • let the words of Jesus, “well done my good and faithful servant” be the best final say and weapon in your battle against sin and temptation.
  • commit to practicing a rhythm of life. Ruthlessly pursue balance and pace in your life.
  • boldly and desperately ask God to make you a person of prayer. Lord teach me to pray.
  • Commit to finishing stronger than you started.

“Disillusionment births true hope in the same way that death is the context for resurrection. If our dreams don’t die, then God’s dreams won’t be birthed. The fruit of disillusionment- birthed hope is the loss of earnestness, a tapering, and a huge dollop of playfulness. This growth all arises from the paradox of death- resurrection or dying to self to find oneself.

Clearly the disillusioned and best leaders are those who have nothing left to prove because they have known both failure and success. Failure teaches us to not fear the contempt of others. Success teaches us not to trust the applause of others. When contempt and applause no longer move your heart to hide or to strive, then you are ready to ask the question, ‘what will please you, God.'” – Leading With a Limp, Dan Allender

Great stuff. Challenging.