The 2 Spectrums In Your Leadership

By Scott Couchenour

Two WaysYou are either CONSUMING or BEING CONSUMED

When you are Consuming, you are taking in needed energy. You are replenishing what you’ve given out to others in the name of Jesus.

When you are Being Consumed you are giving out energy. You are doing the work of leadership; of ministry.

(Note: In my experience, ministry leaders like yourself find themselves more often at the “being consumed” end of the spectrum)

You are either SUCCEEDING or FAILING

When you are Succeeding, you are seeing the fruits of your labor. Or perhaps, fruits or no fruits, you have that sense that you are still within God’s presence and faithfully pursuing His call on your life.

When you are Failing, it’s no fun. You’re dealing with the problems of ministry leadership. Peoples’ quirks, questions, and quits. You work hard just to bring yourself to ground zero. All the struggle – none of the fulfillment. You know God’s present. You just don’t sense Him.

How These Play Out

Consuming and Succeeding – a pretty sight to behold. Watch the over-consuming though. Ministry gluttony is painful in its own way.

Being Consumed and Succeeding – okay, but watch it. Your adrenalin may be intoxicating and you’ll hit the wall.

Consuming and Failing – okay, but not ideal. Stick with God in these times, whether you see Him or not.

Being Consumed and Failing – seek help NOW.

To respond where you are on these 2 spectrums would be difficult. Life is dynamic. The purpose of this post is simply to help you understand ministry leadership from a certain angle. As you re-read the post, allow God’s Spirit to speak to you. Perhaps He’s trying to get your attention about a change or slight adjustment in your life rhythm – especially over the holidays.

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Scott Couchenour

Scott Couchenour is a certified life coach and founder of Serving Strong, a resourcing and coaching service to ministry leaders. Serving Strong exists to eliminate burnout from the ministry equation. He is also VP of Operations for Cogun, Inc., a company that helps churches expand their ministry facilities through consulting, design coordination, and construction. Scott flies around in an empty nest in Ohio with his wife of over 26 years. He has two grown children. Scott believes in the local church and pursues a God-given passion to enable pastors to serve strong. You can visit Scott's website at and follow him on Twitter. Follow @servingstrong