It was not my finest moment.
The look on my wife’s face was alarming.
All I kept thinking was – “I’m going to get fired, I just took Christ out of Christmas!”
Here’s the backstory:
It was about 9 years ago – I was the marketing director at Christ Tabernacle. My designer was working on our Christmas bulletin. But he had a problem with the layout – so he thought it was a good idea to shorten the text by writing “Merry X-mas.” I took “Christ” out of “Christmas”. [this has to be one of those unpardonable sins]
Being naive, I went with it. Once i arrived at the church office with a box full of heretical bulletins, I marched right into the office of the executive pastor and showed him the mistake. I told him it was my mistake and not anyone else’s.
Which is an important Leadership lesson.
Own your mistake. Apologize. Make amends. But never, never, ever hide your mistake.
It’s dishonest and creates a lack of trust with your superiors, your congregation and anyone who follows you.
The best thing you can do is own your mistake.
It’s probably the only reason I did not get fired that day. I owned it – I did not let the designer own it, it was no one else’s fault but mine.
Which leads me to lesson #2.
Take responsibility and don’t blame others. If your the senior Pastor and your church is struggling – there may be a ton of valid reasons but ultimately your the leader and it’s on you to identify and fix the issues.
It does not mean others are not accountable. It does mean you are solely responsible.
If your the ministry leader, senior pastor, a deacon – or hold any kind of church responsibility – you are responsible. Especially if your the guy who runs team – you can hold your team accountable, but you are responsible.
Here’s the last lesson – lesson #3.
Mistakes are not terminal. They may seem like it’s the end.
It can feel like your drowning, especially living with the anxiety of potentially loosing your job. Trust me i know.
But the day ended, the sun went down and rose again. New day, new mercies and I was still employed.
We all make mistakes. The key is not to get stuck there. A mistake is a moment in time, not the culmination of who you are.
So don’t let yesterdays mistakes, impact your todays.
Those 3 lessons:
- Own your mistake – don’t hide it.
- Others may be accountable, but you are always responsible.
- And Mistakes are not the end, were crucial to my development
are crucial to our growth and ability to handle our failures with grace.
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