In a recent article at his blog, Charles Stone drew on the book You’re in Charge—Now What (by Thomas Neff and James Citrin) to adapt and identify destructive behaviors that can impact ministry leaders. Here are some of the 10 he cites:

A pastor can fail if he…

1. sets expectations too high (by never meeting them) or too low (and thus disappointing high performing leaders in the church)
2. makes rash decisions or suffers from analysis paralysis
3. appears to have all the answers
4. ties his or her identity too closely to ministry success
5. fails to see reality (remember the fable “The Emperor’s New Clothes”)
6. squashes dissenting opinions
7. misses who really holds the power (just because power roles are written down somewhere does not mean they reflect who really holds the power)

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