Ministry Leader: Your Attitude Is Contagious

Pastors, worship leaders, and next-generation ministry leaders build the culture of attitude – positive or negative – in the leaders and the church.


Your attitude is contagious.

No ministry or leader is perfect and there will be tough seasons and situations. But there’s nothing wrong with trying to keep a good attitude about things. As Winston Churchill said, “I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.”

It may require some extra effort at times, but have a positive attitude in your ministry. Here are some statements you can start with:

  • The church I serve is the best!
  • The people I work with have what it takes!
  • Our teams are resourceful and creative!
  • Our congregation is faithful and generous!
  • We are serving with energy and excellence!
  • God is at work in powerful ways, using our congregation to be a light to the world every day!

And then live out some of these practical ways of a great attitude:

Greet People Warmly

Warm greetings, especially as the day begins, can help set the tone for a day of great attitudes. Do something nice for someone. Ask questions and really listen. Look people in the eye.

Try Seeing The Best

Sometimes we get on a bad attitude roll due to the actions of others. Try seeing the best in people. Put yourself in their shoes. What if the cut off in traffic was because the other person just got a call about a family emergency? What is the last minute request is due to something beyond everyone’s control?

Work At It

Work at having a great attitude. We have a couple volunteers around our office who help make things brighter with really cool responses. For example, when asked “how are you doing” one person always responds with “fabulous!” Build some habits of having a good attitude. Believe it or not, those responses will help you when you have tough days too!

Take a Break

A regular sabbath rhythm and days off can help ward feelings of overwhelm and negative attitudes. One of the big benefits of a sabbath for ministry leaders is learning, at least one day a week, that this ministry isn’t all about you. It doesn’t depend solely on you. God is in control. Sometimes, I find more gets down when I stay home! A good attitude flows from a balance in life.

Take Note And Be Thankful

There are so many things for which we can be thankful and grateful. Remember those. Think about them. Thank God for life and keep your mind focused on heaven and other noble things. Gratefulness breeds great attitudes.

Put Things In Perspective

Learning new perspectives can create a great attitude in you. As you go through life, you’re learning by experience, through God’s word, and through conversation with others. As we put things in perspective we begin to realize it’s probably going to work out ok. I recently heard someone quip that 98% of what we worry about never happens anyway.

Starts With Family

Practice living with a great attitude around your family. Home can be a place where we get the grumpiest. Do your best to have a good attitude especially during greetings and farewells. Practice loving your family with the same great attitude you greet outsiders during the workday.

Spoken and Written

Your attitude can be contagious in the way you speak and write. Keep things positive and let your attitude of fully trusting God shine through your publications and your messages / devotions / sermons.

Social Media

Ministry leaders walk a fine line on social media. Be sure to take the high road, don’t intentionally join in on controversy. Everything you say is public and people are watching you! Social media for a ministry leader is not private and never will be. As Paul so aptly states, “everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial” (1 Cor. 10:23). Your social media life can be a great ministry and an extension of you and your attitude in life.

Here are a couple other posts to read on this subject:

How to get rid of a negative attitude

Kill the ANTS (Automatic Negative Thoughts)

Three simple ways to be happier

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