Welcome to Episode 018 of the Ministry Hangout podcast. Listen and access the show notes below or search for Ministry Hangout on iTunes or wherever you get your podcasts.

In this episode, we partake in an exciting shift from the normal as we hear from Ministry Hangout personality and Lead Pastor of Freedom Church, Shawn Wood. Shawn is a church planter, author, and visionary. With his simple hope to build a church where people could experience freedom in Christ, Freedom Church has grown to serve nearly 1,500 people weekly. Shawn has a passion for insanely practical leadership and in this episode, we glean from his personal failures and most importantly, successes from his 2011 church plant.

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Resources Mentioned

  1. Book: Breakthrough: Discovering the Kingdom by Derek J. Morphew
  2. Book: The Key to Everything by Matt Keller

Insights From This Episode

1. God uses different types of people in leadership.

Every leader possesses a unique variety of skills and personality traits – and God is able to use all of them for His glory in church leadership. Don’t let comparison tell you that there is only one type of personality that makes a successful leader. Instead, trust God to surround you with peers and mentors to challenge you and come alongside of you in your growth and development.

2. Being spiritually healthy is non-negotiable.

For anyone in ministry work, there is a natural cadence of “wear and tear” on our minds, bodies, and souls. This is especially true of spiritual leaders. Prioritizing your spiritual health by creating and protecting margins for the things you need to thrive in your role is vital to the success of your leadership. Healthy leaders = healthy ministry.

3. Patience is key.

One of the top mistakes a Church Plant can make is jumping the gun on processes that need time to marinate. When the temptation is there to rush a hiring process or push the needle on that one project, fight for stillness before the Lord to gain confidence in where He is leading you and your staff.

Quotes From This Episode

  • “It’s not about numbers. Love people, love their stories.”
  • “Leaders can only give what they have.”
  • “God uses different types of people. There is no perfect model for a senior leader. The key is being teachable.”

About Ministry Hangout

Greg Surratt, founder and pastor of Seacoast Church in South Carolina was regularly having conversations with ministry leaders when he realized that these discussions could provide value to more than just him. Thus, Ministry Hangout was born. Our simple mission to share conversations that matter. We’ll discuss a little bit of everything from lessons learned from churches doing something really well to the nitty gritty of how to develop leaders on your staff to how to use social media for your church to how to foster worship leader development. We want to cover it all and have more conversations that matter.

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