Advent is upon us; Christmas will soon be here. In many congregations, this season means worship services and sanctuaries that are fuller than a typical Sunday. While many of the faces filling your pews or chairs will be familiar, some will be unfamiliar—and some will even be faces you have not seen in quite some time.
We are entering a busy time in the Church Year. Before you know it, Thanksgiving will be upon us, followed rapidly by the Advent and Christmas celebrations—and, in the blink of an eye, 2017 will be here! Christmas programs and parties, special worship services, and many more special events will soon dominate the calendar. And that does not account for the regular ministries already taking place in your congregation.
If you ask 50 people in your congregation, “What one attribute matters most for a leader in the church?” you will likely get a wide variety of responses. The truth is, even though the responses may vary, they would likely fit into one overarching theme: a leader’s credibility. Credibility is the differentiating factor between good and great leaders—including leaders in ministry. A leader may have all the skills and knowledge in his or her area of expertise, but will continually struggle if credibility is lacking.