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Welcome back Be the One family!

Pastor Steven here, I am so excited to go into the next part of our series on leadership, "Expectations"

One of the hardest moves to make is setting clear expectations. Many want to serve on the team or in the organization, so it's our responsibility to make clear expectations of what that means.

“To be unclear is to be unkind” ~Dave Ramsey

Setting clear expectations means providing systems, structure, and process in place so people know what to expect. This is a huge factor in keeping people on your team. People do not respond well to messy or confusion. As leaders, we help with clarity as we do the prep work. Taking the step to provide clear boundaries is a huge part of leadership.

Setting expectations isn’t negative, it protects the why.

Dr Henry Cloud said, “When leaders lead in ways that people’s brains can follow, good results follow as well.” He also went on to say, “You get what you tolerate.”

For our teams to stay healthy, expectations must be a part of the culture. As we grow we have an expectation for every part of the ministry.

2 ways to set expectations:

1. Give clear direction to what needs to be done.

How can we lead people to accomplishment if we are unclear what we need from them? We want steps, roles, and responsibilities ready as soon as they walk in the door. Remember, we are training leaders. That means we want to give them something they can make better. We aren’t just asking someone to show up and open the door. It is how we open the door.

  • Did we make eye contact?

  • Did we personally feel the responsibility to see everyone who walked in the door?

  • Did we make a place for every person who came through the door?

Every place of service is important. If you are a worship leader, you are preparing your heart to provide a moment in worship. If you lead kids, you bring the fun and energy. If you usher, you give a smile and become a resource if guests need anything. Everything matters. Clear direction produces a sense of value that will keep people on your team.

2. Give regular and consistent feedback

At Be the One, we have a culture of instant feedback. We don’t want to develop a culture of critics rather a culture that loves and seeks coaching. In building a team, feedback is huge. Don’t leave a ministry moment or serving opportunity without asking “what was a win?” We also want to make it better, so we are always looking for fresh ideas, excitement, and engagement. Be the One does not come under a mantle of heaviness of perfectionism because we know perfection is never attainable. Feedback is how you grow something worth having.


Here is my challenge for you this week:

- How can you make your expectations clearer for your team?

- Who on your team do you need to set expectations for?

Stay tuned for next week for when we talk about, "Connection"

Love ya, Pastor Steven Sexton

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