In regards to putting people in leadership, always remember the rule: It’s easier to get them in than to get them out. One of the most common mistakes pastors make is to put someone in leadership who should not be in leadership. True, sometimes there’s no way to see it coming, i.e. a leader going bad on you; but other times we mistake certain people or qualities in people for leadership.
In my previous post I touched upon three people to look out for. Don’t put someone in leadership just because they are an ex-pastor. Don’t put people in leadership just because they have a lot of Bible knowledge. Don’t put people in leadership just because they are “on-fire” for the Lord. Now let’s look at two final qualities or types of people to be cautious about.
#4. Don’t put people in leadership just because they have been a Christian for a long time. Years should produce maturity, but it doesn’t always work out that way. I bet you know people in your church that accepted Christ when they were teenagers, and now they’re in their mid-forties and you’ve found yourself wondering how they can think or act so immature.
#5. Don’t put people in leadership just because they have a lot of past ministry experience. Your “leadership candidate” might be a great speaker, a powerful evangelist, or one who headed up ministries in his previous church, but don’t lay hands on that person just yet. Call the pastor of their former church and see what he has to say about this candidate. Always be cautious about those who let you know how they will be able to help you out. Why did they leave their previous church? Remember, it’s easier to get them in than to get them out.
What mistakes have you made?