One of the things Jesus did was patiently teach his followers over and over.
Jesus had 30 years of preparation in His life and then three years of ministry. It was during those three years that He helped His disciples catch the vision of His life and His message.
Transformation doesn’t just happen overnight – it takes time.
Here are some of the many verses that help us see how often Jesus taught them:
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12
Taking the twelve disciples aside, Jesus once more began to describe everything that was about to happen to him. Mark 10:32
Once more Jesus said to them, “I am going away, and you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I go, you cannot come.” John 8:21
Great leaders must lovingly help their people grasp the vision, the message and the purpose of their work together.
For pastors, youth pastors, worship leaders, and children’s ministry leaders, this can’t be just a once a year thing – you can’t just have one big meeting in January and list everything you want them to know. It’s ongoing. It’s consistent. It’s intentional. Leaders must be repetitive.
Share your vision and your purpose as often as you can. Share the values of your ministry culture in all different formats and venues. Help people own it.
Here are five areas leaders should be repetitive:
Be sure you let people know how much you appreciate them. Thank them. Thanking people will help build a culture of generosity and momentum. Do this through written notes, verbal praise and second hand compliments. Appreciate for, and thank you to, should be repeated often!
Share the vision of your ministry as often as possible. Keep repeating where you’re heading and how you’re trying to get there. Don’t let the vision run dry. Vision, as it’s been noted, leaks. Repetition is key to keeping people motivated.
Repeat the purpose of the meeting, the roles, the jobs, the tasks. Why are we doing what we are doing? What is our purpose in being here, during this unique time in history, as an organization?
Constantly help your team, your leaders and your people do the foundational things well. What are the three or four things for which we are known? Be sure to excel in those areas. Some basics include getting back to people when they reach out to you, connecting with those around you, executing well, responding to requests, good work ethic, initiative, etc.
Be sure your folks grow in understanding of the values in your church. What are the things you hold in high esteem. What are you proud of? How would you like your congregation or leadership teams to behave? Celebrate those things, teach them and uphold them through spoken word, written word, and action.
Thoughts from this post were inspired by an old book called The Leadership Secrets of Jesus by Murdock.