|Are you nearing leader fatigue? You would not be alone. You have the right to be tired, weary and fatigued. |
In our five-part Post Quarantine Church Forum series we worked through numerous issues honestly and with determination to see a better future. Most leaders saw hope and a “light at the end of the tunnel”. However, by July the third Covid wave was upon us and a fourth may be coming. Today, I talk to church leaders that seem just plain fatigued.
Last week this post from Thom Rainer (Founder and CEO of Church Answers) came across my computer and caught my attention. The Seven Most Common Challenges for Churches in the Second Wave of Covid comes from Rainer’s interactions with church leaders around America. Do any of these resonate with you?
1. Greater polarization and division
2. Weariness expanded
3. Decision fatigue growing
4. Hopelessness pervasive
5. Confusion about the path forward
6. Denominational structures destabilizing
7. Major personnel shifts in churches
Like we need more reasons to be fatigued!
However, there is a consensus I feel building in leadership conversations. Through the fatigue and fog is a consensus that we must push forward into a renewed future for churches. How do we rebuild for a new day? How do we ask the hard questions about lifecycles and endings? How does God want to use us in this post-Covid world?
May God bless each of you in this season of fatigue. Get some rest. Find ways to rejuvenate for the new day coming.
God, bless each leader reading today with a new hope of even great Kingdom service. Bring new people into the Kingdom through our churches. Give us the satisfaction of clear-eyed assessment and decision-making about the future. We know You always find new ways to grow your Church. Use us, Father. We pray in the name of Jesus, our Savior…Amen
Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:9-10
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