A Baker’s Dozen (Quick Hitter) Leadership Lessons


I was appointed to a congregation of just over 200 in 1997.  We averaged almost 2,400 in 2017.  Here is what I have learned about leadership in these twenty-one years in one place:

Thirteen (Quick Hitter) Lessons in Leadership

  1. State Your Mission: We exist to connect people to Jesus Christ.  It is our language for everything.
  2. Clarify Your Strategy: Our strategy is to reach out, welcome and disciple through worship and service.
  3. Have Principled Metrics: Determine what is important and determine how is that measured. Then lead people into them.
  4. Critics are not Your Enemies I have learned much from my detractors.  They are often blessings in disguise.  (Some feature VERY good disguises however…)
  5. Set Strategic Goals: Stated goals keep you doing the right stuff, keep everyone on the same page and define what a win looks like in your organization.
  6. Focus Energy Around Processes (not outcomes): Move the needle every day.  Do the right things the right way and you will get the right results in the right time.
  7. Tenure Matters: Everything is about trust over time and everything is about relationships over time.
  8. Strive for Excellence: Show excellence and consistency every single day!
  9. You Can’t Cheat Time: Don’t put in a fraction of the time, effort, preparation and energy it takes to be successful and wonder why God let you down!
  10. Have Some Fun: If you don’t enjoy your life, no one is going to do it for you
  11. Self Manage: Key is humility.  Realize that anything you achieve has been made possible by God and the contributions of others.
  12. Give God Something to Bless: Give your very best and expect God to take things from there!
  13. The Only Things You Can Control are Effort, Attitude and Preparation So own them!



-Rev. Shane L. Bishop has been the Sr. Pastor of Christ Church in Fairview Heights, Illinois since 1997


Published by Rev. Shane L. Bishop

Senior Pastor of Christ Church, Fairview Heights, IL since 1997. I am an orthodox Christian but I am not in a bad mood about it.

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