Perhaps one of the learning experiences I have had over the past month as part of my internship with Church Assistance Ministry (CAM) is not as much about what I am doing, but it is more about what I am seeing.
I have watched my field supervisor, Steve Elliott, go through some tough times. This has led me to see, observe, and learn about how to deal with extremely difficult life situations in a positive way. Here are a few things I have noticed:
- Steve has drawn close to God: One of Steve’s prayer requests for him and his wife is that God would use their experience to draw them closer to God and to each other.
- Steve has allowed others to minister to him: Steve has been open and vulnerable to share his thoughts and feelings with others, and in turn he has allowed others to pray for his wife, and he has allowed others to minister to them.
- Steve has continued ministry (almost) as normal: Steve has still kept many of his normal ministry appointments and commitments during this tough time. He wants to continue serving and helping while going through this tough time.
- Steve has kept others up-to-date with the status of their situation: Every couple of days Steve sends out a nice long email to his core group of friends and coworkers (and his intern) detailing what he and his wife have been going through and mostly thanking us for our prayers.
I do not like having to learn lessons in a way that is painful and tough for Steve, but they are lessons I am learning as a future ministerial leader and I am sure I will face similar situations in the future.
Question: What are some leadership lessons you have learned from simply watching others?