Leading in a time of crisis and tragedy is not easy and for some it can be a scary time. If you are a ministry leader, multiply that by three.
Not only do you have to lead your family, but those in your group or ministry as well. All of whom want answers, and solutions, but more importantly, they are looking for your leadership.
That’s a lot of pressure, and in times like these, it requires wisdom and emotional intelligence before you can even begin to take action.
Taking action is not the problem, it's deciding what action to take that scares a lot of ministry leaders.
The thought of having to take action in the midst of a crises or tragedy sends a lot of leaders into hiding. They become silent, not because they don’t care, but because they simple don’t know what to do or say.
Here are three suggestions when you’re uncertain about how to lead your ministry or group in the midst of crisis and tragedy.
- Forget about the extreme consequences. The one thing that holds us back as leaders, when it comes to making important decisions is that we imagined the worst or the extreme consequences, and become afraid of criticism. Even the smallest amount.“Will they hate me?” “Will they love me? Will I get talked about if things don't turn out right?"The trouble with a lot of ministry leaders is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism." Norman Vincent Peale
The truth is, you can’t and won’t please everybody, and success as we define it, doesn't always look the way we think it should. However, not doing anything is even worst.
- Focus on what really matters. Pay attention to the ‘right now’ needs of those you’re leading. Those things that are vital, and not trivial. Don't get caught up in the emotion and hysteria and become absent in spiritual discernment."For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return." Philippians 1:10 NLT.Don't be influenced by what the popular leaders suggest. It may not be practical or doesn't express what’s happening where you're leading or may not be the answer for those you're leading.
- Do and say something. While not addressing or ignoring the issue makes you irrelevant, waiting longer than five day's you'll risk becoming irrelevant.In today's culture, ministry leaders have to compete with all the other outside forces that influence those we lead. The longer you take the less influence you'll have. I write about this here.You don’t have to always have clarity or see your way through immediately. I have found that as I move closer to the issue, clarity comes.
Things get clearer as we move closer to where we should be.
These are just three suggestions. If you have any others post them in the comment section below.