Mistakes I’ve Made When Selecting Leaders

“It’s easier to get them in than to get them out.” Repeat that three times. Get a tattoo that says, “It’s easier to get them in than to get them out.” I don’t care how you do it…never forget the rule, “It’s easier to get them in than to get them out.” In regards to selecting leaders, it’s easier to get them in than to get them out. Get it? Got it? Good!

When I was starting out I made my fair share of mistakes when placing someone in leadership.

Common Mistakes When Selecting Leaders:

1. Don’t put someone in leadership just because they are an ex-pastor. Now don’t get me wrong; this ex-pastor might turn out to be a great help and encouragement to you, but first find out why they are an “ex-pastor.” Call their former church and see if they left in good standing. Retired pastors are often a great addition to a church as long as they are coming with no agenda and are able to be part of a church instead of in charge of the church. This is a difficult transition for some retired or former pastors to make. All I’m saying is don’t start jumping up and down because someone comes through your doors who used to be a pastor.

2. Don’t put someone in leadership just because they have a lot of Bible knowledge. Just because they can quote Leviticus or produce a verse for every situation does not mean they are mature or have leadership potential. Bible knowledge does not guarantee character, maturity, or leadership. You can teach a parrot to quote scripture but they seldom make good elders.

3. Don’t put someone in leadership just because they have zeal. Zeal, delos, a derivative of deo “to boil”, to “throb with heat”. Have you ever spoken to someone who was “on fire for the Lord?” I’ve actually had people inform me that they were “on fire for the Lord.” I knew what they meant but it was hard for me not to laugh…which is always a sign of one who is not on fire for the Lord, but I digress. The point being that enthusiasm, excitement for the things of God, and zeal are not necessarily the same thing as character, maturity or leadership.

Can you think of more common mistakes? Part two is coming but remember, it’s easier to get them in than to get them out.