Enthusiasm is both a gift and a choice. Everyone is enthusiastic about something. It’s important for people to experience enthusiastic church leaders – enthusiastic about Jesus, people, the church and ministry.
Enthusiasm could be defined as a displayed feeling of enjoyment, interest, or approval about a particular subject or activity and a desire to be involved in it.
Enthusiasm for something can also be lost. And of course, there are times when being overly enthusiastic will come off as over the top and awkward. It must be authentic, but it’s an attitude that can be cultivated.
Here are nine things enthusiasm can do for church leaders:
Puts the Focus on the Blessings
John Maxwell writes about the law of momentum. When something is going well, it all seems to be going well. An enthusiastic attitude will put the focus on the blessings in life and will help lessen the impact (and issues) related to the little things that don’t go so well.
Raises the Energy of the Congregation
An enthusiastic pastor or church staff leader can raise the energy level of the congregation in part by an enthusiastic attitude. Using your words and actions to let people know you love Jesus, them, the mission and the church is contagious for the people.
Helps Involve People
Enthusiasm is a magnet. People will be drawn to it. The culture of getting involved will grow more easily because people will naturally want to be around and help those who are excited to serve.
Gives a Boost in Asking
It’s not always easy to ask people to serve or give. But when you believe in the mission and have enthusiasm about people getting connected to it, you grow in a desire and an increased motivation to ask and believe people will respond.
As you encourage others, confidence is built. As the culture of your team and congregation becomes more confident, it snowballs.
Draws People into the Organization
People are drawn to organizations with excitement and vision. The church should seek to draw the community in with their visible love for Jesus and the community. Pastors who are enthusiastic about the church have an easier time drawing in volunteers and employees.
Lifts the Mood of Other Ministry Leaders
If you are a pastor or church leader, you probably have the opportunity to meet with other ministry leaders. It’s fine at times to vent and support one another, but enthusiasm for ministry and your church can be a positive witness. Not everything is rosy, but we can be grateful.
Can be Cultivated and Caught
An enthusiastic attitude can be cultivated in your life and in the lives of those around you. As you seek the Lord, trust in his power and provision, count your blessings, and trust in God to do the life changing work, you are free to be energetic, positive and grateful for the work you have been given.
Is Good for the Mind and Heart
Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” The key to being enthusiastic begins with your heart focus. So seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)
Pray that God will begin to give you enthusiasm in your ministry today.
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