3 Critical Sources of Feedback for Church Leaders

By Artie Davis

FeedbackFeedback exists between two parts when each affects the other. Are you affected by those you lead? Those who just watch, and those who observe from afar? Of course you are?

The question is, are you really harnessing the power of how those around you perceive you?

Perception is king! We can think we are experienced and effective leaders and completely miss our potential to lead, just by not understanding how we are perceived.

Remember this…

It’s not intention, but perception that will make impact

1) Your Leadership Circle

These are the ones closest to you. You lead and work with them on a daily and weekly basis. They know your habits and what you expect, and how you react in certain situations.

It’s vital that these closet to you have absolute freedom to speak into your life. If you don’t feel they deserve that, then either find someone else to take their place, or repent of your pride!

We have to know how people around us are perceiving our leadership! If we ignore our perception we are entrusting our leadership and it’s impact to chance at best.

2) Those on the Inside

Those inside your church also have a unique perception of you. They are generally positive, but what about those on the fringe? How will you pull them in to the vision if they don’t really care for you as an individual?

I’m by no means condoning a “people pleaser” attitude. I’m saying we have to hold to our convictions and  vision that God has given, but in doing that it’s imperative to live it and talk it in a way that others perceive as desirable.

3) Those on the Outside

How do the people outside your church see you? Are you committed to the community, are you seen as humble and caring, arrogant and prideful?

Word travels fast, and those impressions are conceived and grown out of perception. So take the time to ask the hard questions from those outside your church and find out what people truly feel about you and the body you lead or help lead.

Being sensitive to those on the outside will help keep the focus on what really matters… Kingdom Growth!

Artie Davis

Artie Davis wears a lot of hats and leads a lot of people. He's Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church in Orangeburg, SC. He heads the Comb Network and the Sticks Conference. He speaks and writes about leadership, ministry, church-planting, and cultural diversity in the church. You can find his blog at ArtieDavis.com or catch him on Twitter @artiedavis.