Sadly, many of our congregations are diminished by poor leadership and those leaders aren’t particularly interested in (or aware that they need) ongoing leadership training. So, here’s the thing: if our leaders aren’t going to take classes or get coaching or read helpful articles, then maybe we’d be willing to pick up some pointers from late night TV.
So let’s make this easy: People love Jimmy Fallon. He is both crush-worthy and supremely likeable.
But he can also teach us how to increase our capacity to lead.
1- He lifts up his team. Steve Higgins is “so great.” He regularly asks us to “give it up for The Roots.” Even if there are issues on a church staff, it’s crucial for a pastor to back up her/his leaders. Have fun with them. Appreciate them. Back. Them. Up.
2- He writes “Thank You” notes. There are so many people who contribute to the life of our community. Strong leaders are appreciative for both the grand and the trivial.
3- He invites people known for one thing to try new things. Emma Stone lip syncs. Don Cheadle sings R&B. Daniel Radcliffe raps. Imagine if we invited the long-time treasurer or an experienced Bible study leader to try something new and fun?
What if each of us adopted these three simple practices this Lent? And if Jimmy Fallon inspires you, consider taking a class, reading a book, or subscribing to some articles. We are called to lead to God’s glory and we can do better.