Don't Make the Journey Difficult

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In this 5 minute session from Leadership Network's 2010 SAGE Conference, Anthony Trufant, Senior Pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY, answers the questions, "What things have you done, that if given the chance, you would do differently?"


As you watch this session, take notes and write down thoughts about how this session can impact your role.




Dr. Trufant is a wealth of knowledge and offered eleven tips to making sure that you don't make your ministry journey more difficult than it has to be. Take a brief moment to look at each point and assess how you are doing in that area.


1. How do you place a premium on cultivating an open, honest, dynamic relationship with Jesus? What practical steps help you make this a priority?
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2. In what ways do you invest in the stewardship of self? Is there any particular area that you neglect?
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3. How can you keep your family first?
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4. Who are your "holy friends"? Who can you be real with?
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5. How are you doing at leading those other leaders that you work with? How do you empower them and recognize their gifts?
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6. What was the last "risk" you took? How'd that turn out? How do you know if you are learning from your mistakes?
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7. Have you been patient with your congregation when implementing change? Who might you go back to and either ask for forgiveness or help clarify your vision?
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8 & 9. Are you good with necessary conflict? What can you do to prepare yourself to handle conflict and be flexible depending on the situation?
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10. What is your exit strategy? What steps can you take right now to ensure that your successor will be successful?
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11. Are you clear about your own baggage? How is God working in your life today to make you more humble, honest, and self-aware?
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Ministry isn't for the faint of heart. But if you remain true to God's calling and His Word, you will reap a reward far greater than you could possibly imagine. God bless you as you seek to humbly serve Him.



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