16 Things I Would Tell My Son About Leading

by | May 1, 2012 | Church Leadership, Church Planting

If my son were starting a church this weekend…

and he came to me and asked, “Dad, what are the most important things I need to know?” I would think, “Man, this is my BOY! He has got to get this right.”

I would pray a minute, ask him to take out his iPad, and then say…

  1. What you’re doing is all about loving people. Forget that, and you’re doomed
  2. Make your wife priority! Never let her feel she’s in the back seat behind ministry
  3. Raise your kids in freedom! Don’t let your position make you feel they have to be superstars
  4. Learn to hear God’s voice. Know what His whisper sounds like… There is NO other way
  5. It would be better to promote someone a year late, than a day early
  6. Invest in those on your team. Let them see the good, bad and ugly
  7. Never get in a rut! If you change 1-Degree at a time, you will maximize effectiveness
  8. Preach from the overflow of what God is telling you
  9. Don’t serve bread dough on Sunday morning, serve hot bread
  10. Find a group of other leaders, form relationships… They will save your life!
  11. Never seek to please people. That is a merry go round that never stops
  12. You serve a Supernatural God, look for His movement, if you don’t look, you wont see
  13. Hear God, follow Him, and leave the results to Him. “And the Lord added.”
  14. Never forget to have fun! Serving God is hard, but you have to fun too!
  15. Don’t ever try to be someone else. God put you there to be you…He likes you just as you are!
  16. Strive to be a giver and not a taker! Always sow into others, rather than being the “Asker”

Those are some of mine, if I had more time to think, I’m sure there are other things I would tell my son!

What would you tell your son?

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Artie Davis is the Founding Pastor of Cornerstone Community Church in Orangeburg, SC. Cornerstone is an International multi-site & multi-ethnic church with locations in the US & Liberia, West Africa. Prior to launching Cornerstone, Artie was a successful entrepreneur and has a passion for coaching and multiplying leaders and writes about it almost exclusively on his blog, ArtieDavis.com. He is also the founder and Director of a church planting movement called the CombNetwork.com. Its passion is to partner and plant “life-giving” & “ethnically reflective” churches in smaller cities & communities. Artie is also the Executive Director of TheSticks.tv, a national gathering movement for leaders and pastors in smaller cities. Internationally, Artie is Co-Founder of Think Liberia (USA), a partnering organization that helps meet physical, medical and spiritual needs of those in the West African nation of Liberia. Artie is married to his life-partner, best friend & wife Georgie. They live in SC, and have three children.