Galatians 1:10 says, “For am I now trying to win the favor of people, or God? Or am I striving to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ.”
Obviously, I am not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.
I have had the privilege to serve in ministry for the last 30 years. During that time I have served in mega-churches, mid-sized churches and currently in a two year-old church plant.
I have had the opportunity to see many different leadership styles from the visionary leader, the gifted preacher, the anointed evangelist to the people pleaser. While each one has it strengths and weaknesses, I have come to this conclusion…right or wrong:
The Pastor/Leader who is a people pleaser is the most disruptive type of leader a church or organization can have. Never quiet sure about the mission, vision or direction of the organization because they live in conflict when weighing the choice between seeking to please Almighty God more than the “influential” people in their church.
The Visionary leader may stretch you and make you uncomfortable with the demands of their God-sized vision, but the people pleaser will change course almost daily because their ultimate goal is to make people happy. Honestly, it’s exhausting because when you try to make everyone happy, ultimately no one is happy!
I am thankful after 30 years of ministry, many missteps, a lot of growing up and a lot of learning, God has planted us at West Lake Church. From our Lead Pastor, to our Elder Team and throughout our church family, we are learning what it means to seek God’s approval above all else. Far from perfect, but much closer to the kind of church I think God has called us to be. I would love for you to join us anytime.
Our doors are open and you will always be welcomed.
Mark Stayton, Associate Pastor – West Lake Church