How does our self-awareness relate to our health in life and in ministry? In this week's conversation on FrontStage BackStage, host Jason Daye is joined by Steven Chandler, pastor of Union Church, and author of Stop Waiting for Permission. Together, Steven and Jason look at the value of being honest with ourselves about our own brokenness, our flaws, and our hangups, and how that opens the door for God to do even more in our lives and through our ministries.
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Some key takeaways from this conversation:
Stephen Chandler on ministry leaders taking time away from the church: “Here's what fear will say, fear will say if I step away from that church, it'll decrease. People won't get saved, the money will go down, leaders won't have vision and all that other goods. Jason, you know what happens every time I step away? Dude, the giving goes up, people get saved, people get baptized, and I start looking like, man, maybe I was the problem the whole time. Maybe it'd be a great church if I didn't come back. I think it's just a supernatural confirmation from God. I'm choosing to use you, but I don't need you.”
Stephen Chandler on having people around you who will speak into your life: “This board is made up of brothers and fathers. Fathers are the ones I'm intimidated by. Brothers are the ones that have my back. And you need both in your life. You need fathers that, you know, hey, they will correct me. They will sit me down if need be and I honor that. But I also need brothers, that can say, hey, I'm not trending in the right direction. And I need an arm around the shoulder, not a foot in the pants. I need an arm around the shoulder of hey, man, you're doing better than you think you are.”
Stephen Chandler on the importance of self-awareness for ministry leaders: "The sooner that we acknowledge that our hearts were wounded before we ever became pastors, and that our motives are never 100% pure, then we can begin to address the reality of our heart, bring it to Jesus, bring it to trusted colleagues, and start the process of healing so that we can lead and have aspirations and ambition from a healthy place instead of from an unhealthy place."
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