Dream Releasers

Dream Releasers who set the environment for doing church as a team must have one outstanding quality: security. Pastors and leaders, if you do not feel secure as a leader, you will find it virtually impossible to attract, develop or retain others. You cannot do church as a team while battling insecurity.

Good leaders must be able to build confidence in others. If you feel easily intimidated by other leaders and find it hard to rejoice and congratulate others who excel above you, then probably you suffer from insecurity. King Saul’s insecurity showed most clearly in his violent intimidation of David. This anxious and fearful king’s modus operandi employed sabotage, slander and continual efforts to discredit the young leader. Saul’s insecurity became his arch nemesis.

If Saul had been a Dream Releaser instead of a dream killer, he still would be venerated as one of the world’s greatest mentors. Instead, if we remember him at all, we recall him as that “loser” who preceded King David. Secure people encourage others and enjoy their successes. They can appreciate and applaud the achievements of those whom they have put into key positions.

Secure leaders are neither territorial nor possessive. They willingly, even eagerly, surround themselves with people more qualified than themselves. Insecure people, on the other hand, feel that if they do not control everything around them, then they are not doing their job. They fear criticism and they worry about what others think. Insecure leaders cannot tolerate it when others outperform them. In fact, insecure leaders tend to sabotage the successes of others in order to protect themselves. Hence, they use people, but seldom do they develop people. Take a look at yourself as a leader. You will do well if you can catch people doing things right and show genuine excitement for their accomplishments. You might be surprised at how much can get accomplished when we don’t care who gets the credit!

What kind of leader are you? Are you someone who enjoys it when others succeed? Can you easily give credit away and show genuine excitement at the accomplishments of others? How hard is it for you to build a team and give away credit?

Ask yourself one final question: If you’re having trouble locating effective leaders in your church, could it be that you don’t really want to find them? Reaching for Success As you build your team, make sure you work hard to include new people, and don’t allow yourself to feel intimidated when others do it better than you. God will always have a place for you, and the greater a servant you are, the greater the joy you’ll experience.

If your gift is to build platforms for other emerging leaders, then when they succeed, God will call you to build more. You might not be worth two cents as a carpenter of wood or a mason of stone, but if you can use human potential to build emerging leaders, then you’ll leave a legacy of awesome construction that will continue to shape the world long after you’re gone. And how can you be any more “successful” than that?

The above is an adaptation from Pastor Wayne Cordeiro’s book, Doing Church as a Team. Throughout February, we’ll be exploring the Biblical mandate for teamwork – and how we as leaders can build thriving teams. 

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