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I read Mark 10:35-45 the other morning and made a list of eleven ways that a leader can serve people (after all, Jesus said it is how to be a great leader).

#1 – Adopt the mindset that these people work with you and not for you.

#2 – Provide enough margin for the people who serve with you to be creative and brainstorm ahead.  (The pastor who works the “week of” in regard to his message really does a great disservice to those who support him in regard to creative elements.)

#3 – Make sure that the people you serve with have the resources they need to do the job they are expected to do.

#4 – Say “thank you” and “great job” A LOT instead of just pointing out all of the areas where a person came up short.

#5 – Try your best to make sure that if an area of the church is going to be impacted by a certain decision, someone from that area had input in the decision-making process.  (Learned this one from Andy Stanley)

#6 – Make sure the expectations for the people you lead are both spoken and realistic.  (We cannot hold people accountable for unspoken, unrealistic expectations.)

#7 – Don’t confuse personal preferences with conviction from the Holy Spirit…if you tell the people you serve with that “God told me,” then you had better be willing to bet your last Bible that you heard from the Lord!

#8 – Model what you consider to be important…in other words, when you are walking into the building and see a piece of trash on the ground, pick it up.

#9 – Listen to them!!!

#10 – Understand that your words weigh 1,000 pounds…choose them carefully!

#11 – Understand that WHAT you say and HOW you say it matter…the people you serve with are human beings with hearts, minds, and souls…they deserve to be treated as such.



Perry Noble is the founding and senior pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina. The church averages 26,000 people during weekend services at multiple campuses throughout the state. Perry is a gifted communicator and teacher, convicted about speaking the truth as plainly as possible. God has given him a vision and a passion for helping people meet Jesus, and each week he shares God’s word and its practical application in our daily lives. Perry, his wife Lucretia and their daughter Charisse live in Anderson, South Carolina. You can read all of Perry’s unfiltered thoughts about life and leadership at PerryNoble.com. Don’t worry, he holds nothing back.

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Chris Aiken

commented on Jan 3, 2012

Good Stuff Perry!

Keith B

commented on Jan 3, 2012

You completely missed the point of the text, Perry. You are not Jesus. The text isn't about empowering your people to work with you. Stop the narcissistic preaching and just teach what it says. It's not about us and it's not about you.

Jun Ang

commented on Jan 3, 2012

if only the scripture had been left out.

Chaplain Shawn Kennedy

commented on Jan 3, 2012

While I don't always share Perry's rah-rah writings, I must admit that when I read and reread the passage, I compare my response with Christ's. The first thing I'd do is get my back up, out of disappointment with the attitude of my 2 best workers. But Jesus responds with 2 questions and then 2 statements that communicate His mission while teaching His ministers. We must model that wisdom and effectiveness.

Stan Roam

commented on Jan 3, 2012

Perry, good Christian principles! For many years we did not practice this type of love at church, at least where it was heart felt. As a result, unfortunately, we had much turn over, lost many of our own church children, but things are different now. We have one of the most loving churches you will find. But the way, no where did we condone sin, but respectfully lead them to where the bible wants others and us to be. Now we are keeping our kids-they feel loved. Thanks for taking the time to encourage me!!!

John E Miller

commented on Jan 5, 2012

I suggest that Mr Noble goes back to the text, reads it carefully, reads it again and he might begin to understand it.

Casey Sabella

commented on Jan 6, 2012

Shame on you for writing an uplifting and encouraging article for pastors! It is a disgrace that you are trying to get them to change from their biblically dour disposition. Who do you think you are? A brother in Christ?

Keith B

commented on Jan 6, 2012

So we should compromise sound exegesis for an uplifting message?

Modesto Mercado

commented on Jun 21, 2012

I just read this article, this article is great for leaders and pastor, keep the good work Noble

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