046 – Are You an Authentic Leader?

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Recently I heard this quote: “Authenticity is the key to longevity in ministry.”

I believe this is true.

In this episode, I unpack this thought a little further by making 7 declarative statements to pastors regarding walking in transparency and authenticity.


  1. I don’t have to have all the answers.
  1. I need to be able to admit when I’m wrong.
  1. Who I am on stage needs to be an accurate reflection of who I am off stage.
  1. It’s ok to share my own struggles and flaws.
  1. It’s ok to admit that I’m tired and need a break.
  1. I need to have some friends in my inner circle who truly know me and see my life up close.
  1. It’s good for my people to see and hear my dependence upon God.

Hey pastor, how are you doing in the area of authenticity?  Are you an authentic leader?

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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