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For years, I assumed the ministry potential of our church was limited because we couldn't afford to hire more staff members.

More is better, right? Not always. While being grossly understaffed is a problem, I’ve come to embrace the idea that a slightly smaller number of staff members is almost always better than having too many. I’ll explain a few of the reasons I fight to keep a lean staff rather than letting the team grow disproportionately large — even if we could afford to do so financially.


Laziness is a sin.

"Whoever is lazy regarding his work is also a brother to the master of destruction" (Proverbs 18:9).

It’s also annoying. And, ineffective in leadership.

The fact is, however, that many of us have some lazy tendencies when it comes to leadership. I do at times. This is as much an inward reflecting post as an outward teaching.


Left to themselves organizations, including churches, can drift. It can happen to the best of us if we’re not careful. As organizations and churches grow they naturally become more complex. There are more assets to allocate, more people to manage, decisions seem to have greater consequences than did when you were smaller and more nimble, and those decisions seem to just keep coming faster and faster. It is easy to become consumed with the business of running the church. But just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you’re taking ground.


I’m beginning to wonder if boring meetings are bad for your physical and emotional health.


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