Don Moore

6 Leadership Mistakes I’ve Made in Ministry – Part 2 Drivenness


Drivenness: Becoming so goal driven I forget it’s not all about me!

In this 6 part blog series, I’ll share with you 6 leadership mistakes I’ve made with the hopes that you may be safe-guarded from the same issues in your life and ministry. Each has resulted in the formation of new habits to protect me in the future. In this blog, I’ll share my thoughts on Drivenness.

Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t drive faster than your guardian angel can fly to keep up?”

Driveness jpegBeing driven is a widely accepted and admirable quality in today’s world. The danger in leadership is when I exhibit drivenness in excess.  I lose my ability to slow down (even stop) to listen and learn from those around me. I act as if I can “do it all for you?”

I know I’ve been guilty as a pastor of passing through the church foyer on a mission when I suddenly realize, in hindsight, that I missed the opportunity to stop and acknowledge the emotional pain written all over a member’s face. I remember being so distracted that I rushed through the crowd, without pausing to simply say, “How are you doing or what’s heavy on your heart today?”  Afterwards, the realization set in that I missed an important ministry moment.

To quote my friend and author, Mark Buchanan, sometimes we can get so driven we’ve forgotten that we’ve “left Jesus sleeping in the boat” when we’re in the middle of the storm.

That’s risky and dangerous in ministry!

If I’m not careful, I can leave Jesus sleeping in the boat when I should be recognizing my need for His direction and pace in my personal and ministry life.  Really it’s all about Him and not all about me!

Here are some ways that I’ve learned to keep drivenness in check.

  1. Retrospect – Looking Back

At the end of each day I take a few minutes to reflect over that past day asking God to bring to my attention incidents when I was too driven to simply take time to care for the needs of other around me. At times, it’s even lead my apologizing to someone I sense I’ve slighted.

  1. Introspect – Looking Inward

From time to time, I find it helpful to check my ministry focus with questions like:

  • “Why am I driving so hard?”
  • “Who am I doing this for?”
  • “Where is Jesus in my day and in my thinking?”
  1. Circumspect – Looking Outward

I’ve a number of friends/colleagues whom I trust to look circumspectly at my life (from outward to inward). They have permission to put up “a caution or even a stop sign” when needed.  Their perspective has greatly helped to keep my drivenness from getting away on me.

Personally, I’ve found that it’s really important to have these 3 checks in my life so I can strive to become a more balanced leader both in ministry and in my home with my family.

Do you struggle with Drivenness?  What methods do you use to combat it?

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Miss Part 1 on “Distractions”? Continue Reading Here.

About the author

Rev. Dr. Don Moore, is our National Church Ambassador. Don is available to inspire vision and explore partnership opportunities with denominational and senior church leaders, to assist churches in accomplishing their missional goals, both in Canada and around the world.

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