This week Craig Groeschel of LifeChurch.tv is talking about his journey to “find his voice” as a leader:
“Many leaders lack originality. One reason is that they’re learning from other great leaders, but often trying to reproduce what they see. … I’d suggest you study great spiritual leaders, read anointed authors, and talk with gifted friends. But don’t try to be them. God made them to do what they are doing. You’re created to do something else!
These are good words for leaders and I think they’re good words for churches, too. It’s so easy as we read about the cool things other churches are doing to simply follow in their footsteps. As we borrow ideas from other churches or even businesses, repurposing them for ourselves, we rarely realize that we’re no longer being our own church. We’re somebody else’s church.
So as Groeschel says, learn from other leaders and get inspiration from other churches, but in the end you’ve got to be your own church. Be the church God wants you to be, not the church down the street.