Posted: August 17, 2009 in Daily Blog

Last week I was listening to an Andy Stanley podcast and he said something I thought was worth sharing…  He said, “If you stop listening to the leaders around you, you will find yourself surrounded by people with nothing to say.”

Leaders will not stick around long if you don’t give them opportunity to have a voice and input into the decisions and direction you are going.  If they begin to feel like you don’t care, or their opinion is not valued, you might as well say goodbye.

This seems like a simple thing, but I cannot tell you how many people I have talked to over the past year, good quality helpful people, that are leaving their churches because the leaders don’t listen.  It is tragic, and my prayer will be to have an open mind, an open heart, and open ears.

I have a quote hanging on my wall that says, “Life is too short to be a part of a church you do not believe in.”  A good reminder for people that are working hard to help, grow, and contribute to their church, but aren’t being listened to.  I hope you never find yourself in that position, but if you do it may be time to reevaluate and find a place you can thrive & contribute;  a place where your voice matters!

  1. Randy Hancock says:

    It’s really nice to know that it is obvious that YOU have “listened” to us and have such an incredible outlook and understanding. All we can say is THANKS from the bottom of our hearts!! Thanks for having a “home” to go to whenever we need it! We Love you and Trish so much!

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