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Every Hill You Face is Not Worth Dying On

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The greatest leadership lesson I have ever learned is: Every hill you face is not worth dying on. If I had practiced this in my previous churches and perhaps during the first few years here, I believe my influence would be greater and the ministry would be more effective.

I have seen ministers let their stubbornness and pride wreck their leadership in the home and in the church. When you have the clarity and wisdom to not die on every hill, your leadership can be long and effective.

Whether you are a rookie pastor or an experienced minister: Every hill you face in leadership is not worth dying on. When the pastor practices this, the church will flourish. The fellowship will be sweeter, the growth will be greater, and the preservation of this growth will be more successful.

How I Learned This

How did I learn this important truth? It did not happen at a particular point, but through a process. Some things in leadership you can only learn through the growth of the entity you are assigned to lead. The growth of the organization in structures, personnel, dollars, and expectations requires the leader to operate by the conviction that every hill he faces is not worth dying on.

There are times that I could have carried more people with me along the church’s vision path if I had been more patient and personal along the way. In the name of “urgency” or “reaching,” we can sometimes push “hurry” too much and too often. This is not an asset, but a liability.

The Christian life is not about being right — it is about being Christ-like

Most Christians are more interested in being right than they are in being Christ-like. Pastor and church leaders, the Christian life is not about being right — it is about being Christ-like. If Satan cannot get you to do the wrong thing, he will get you to do the right thing in the wrong way. When you think you are always right, you will die on needless hills. When you constantly have to prove you are right and don’t take the time to work toward making the best decision in the right time and in the right way, you lose influence and leadership.

3 Hills Worth Dying On

There are three hills that are worth dying on no matter what anyone else thinks.

1. Truth – You must be willing to die on the hill of God’s truth found in Scripture.

You must stand in your pulpit, in your meetings, and everywhere else you go with the confidence that the Bible is God’s truth for today and always. In my ministry, I have seen more people willing to die for their tradition than die for the Truth of God’s Word.

2. Morality – Jesus was very clear that we are to be the salt and light of the world.

We must be the moral conscience of our region, nation, and world. Biblically, we have no alternative. We have to impact our culture. When we do, there are times that our faith will collide with the culture.

3. The Great Commission – The Great Commission should consume every Christian and church. 

For a church to advance toward the future in terms of health and growth, the church needs to be emblazoned by the Great Commission. There is no one in the church who ought to be more fired up and passionate about sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with every person in the world and making disciples of all the nations than the pastor.

When You Go to the Hill

Pastor, a good leader determines not only which hills to die upon, but he also chooses the timing.

Let me give you a strategic grid to go through before you ascend the hill:

  • Leadership has to be clear
  • Processes have to be thorough
  • Timing must be right

A wise leader does everything in God’s timing, by God’s Word, and in God’s power.

Now is the Time to Lead,

Ronnie W. Floyd

5 Lessons I’ve Learned from Recording My Weekly Podcast

MicrophoneAs my podcast, Ronnie Floyd on Life and Leadership Today, will release our 7th episode on Tuesday, I thought I would share a few brief thoughts about what I am learning from this weekly endeavor.

If you are considering beginning a podcast, perhaps this insight will be helpful. If you are a seasoned veteran of leading a podcast, thank you for your diligence and desire to help others.

1. Teamwork wins again.

I am completely reliant on a team to help me complete these podcasts each week. Without Brian Dunaway, the Leader of our Communications Team, it is impossible. His entire team remains fluid and helps me as needed or desired. My own assistants provide editing assistance, help me shape articles to be more effective, and are always valuable in anything I do.

Here it is friends: Teamwork wins again. Without this dream team, my podcast would be dead upon arrival without any hope of a resurrection. From the depths of my heart: Thank you to the people who make this possible each week.

Personal Counsel: If you do not have a team around you, it would be difficult or impossible to achieve a weekly podcast.

2. Preparation is imperative.

In these initial weeks, I have written the interview questions, the introduction of each guest, and the closure to the program. This is not easy nor should it be. Preparation is not just imperative in the life of a leader, it is everything in the life of the leader. My entire life, I am preparing.

Personal Counsel: If you are ready to prepare in a new and different way to forward your investment in the lives of others, allocate the needed time and do it.

3. Flexibility is necessary.

While preparation guides you, it should never restrain you. It is important to know how to ask follow-up questions in the midst of an interview as well as interject personal comments to advance the message to your listeners.

My sixteen years of leading the Northwest Arkansas Business Persons Summit has prepared me to do this. I have been privileged to interview some of the greatest leaders in America. Flexibility is necessary in interviewing anyone formally or informally.

Personal Counsel: It is not just important to be prepared to lead a podcast, it is also important to lead it with sensitivity in the midst of a moment that can be special and memorable.

4. Limiting length is helpful.

Our goal is to stay at 22 minutes for each podcast. This is challenging, but I think it is helpful. As a listener, a 22-minute podcast goes fast, even if the guest may not be talking about something that may interest you personally. The challenge then comes to the editor of the podcast. Most of our interviews have taken 28-40 minutes. Then, we take 18-20 minutes of leadership gold from their interview, add the bumpers on each end of the show, and comprise our 22-minute podcast. We may occasionally choose to do a longer episode, but for now, 22 minutes is our goal.

Personal Counsel: Try your best to limit the length of your podcast. People move fast and attention spans are not very long. While there are exceptions to every rule, less is usually best.

5. Great leaders abound.

Great leaders abound across our nation and world. The purpose and direction of a podcast will determine the leaders you may want to interview. Only God knows the future direction of where we need to go in my podcast. My desire is to help all leaders whether they are in business, sports, education, law, politics, entertainment, or ministry. Yet, one day, it may come crystal clear for us to begin to focus on one of these areas alone.

Speaking of great leaders, I am excited about the guest for tomorrow’s episode, April 18. Bill Simon is the former President and CEO of Walmart US and was responsible for $290 billion, 4,500 stores, 1.2 million employees, and so much more. We had a fantastic time together, and I think anyone can learn from such a growing leader and follower of Jesus Christ. After you listen to this interview, I believe his investment in your life will help you be a better leader.

Personal Counsel: Great leaders abound. It is a matter of who can help you forward what is on your heart and what is needed in the marketplace.

Here is a list of my guests from previous episodes. If you haven’t already, I hope you will take the time to listen to each one of these interviews:

Episode 1: Life and Leadership Today with Guest, Chris Mortensen
Episode 2: Life and Leadership Today with Guest, Cheryl Bachelder
Episode 3: Life and Leadership Today with Guest, Steve Green
Episode 4: Life and Leadership Today with Guest, Jack Graham
Episode 5: Life and Leadership Today with Guest, Ken Ham
Episode 6: Life and Leadership Today with Guest, Tony Perkins

Now is the Time to Lead,

Ronnie W. Floyd
Senior Pastor, Cross Church

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Dr. Ronnie Floyd is the Senior Pastor of Cross Church, founder of the Cross Church School of Ministry, and host of the Ronnie Floyd on Life and Leadership Today podcast.

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