032 – The Importance of Self-Awareness in Pastoral Leadership

If you have been called to be a pastor, then you have also been called to be a leader.  One of the most important qualities of a leader is the ability to identify and articulate where their organization is at any given moment.  I believe this quality is important not only at an organizational level, but personally as well.  Some call this having an accurate self-awareness.  Essentially, it’s the ability of a leader to identify, own, and articulate where he is at emotionally.  In this podcast episode, I unpack a chapter from Karl Vater’s book The Grasshopper Myth titled, “Stages in the Emotional Life of the Small Church Pastor.”  Here is how Karl defines these stages:

  1. Idealism & Innocence
  2. Trust & Excitement
  3. Frustration & Disillusionment
  4. Anger & Isolation
  5. Burnout & Resignation
  6. Redefinition & Contentment
  7. Fulfillment & Effectiveness

My prayer is that you will be able to identify where on this spectrum you currently find yourself and grow in your self-awareness as a leader.

Here are some other links I mentioned in the show:

About Jon Sanders

Follower of Jesus; Husband to an amazing woman; Father of 3 great kids; Pastor of a multi-site church with a vision to reach rural America for Christ!
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