Yes, I have experienced critical moments as a leader. There was a time when I caught a student cheating. At first I was afraid to confront the student because I did not want him to deny it, get angry, and then get his parents involved. However, I had evidence of cheating and I knew that the student was making some poor choices. Putting my feelings of unease aside, I confronted the student and arranged a meeting with his parents. We were all able to discuss what happened and provide resources for the student to use instead of cheating. I could have ignored this “critical moment” and not confronted the student. In turn, I would not have had to deal to the repercussions that followed (angry parents, extra paperwork, extended hours to meetings, etc.). However, I embraced this critical situation and used it as a “teachable moment”.
All of the time! Whether at home, work, church, and in public.
We do the best we can to honor God and allow the Spirit to lead us and provide us with discernment and how to lead.
As a leader I have experienced “critical moments”. For example, in my “mom” leadership role there was a time when my son wanted to only eat sweets. For ever every meal we refuse to eat what I made and only ask for candy and ice cream. As a child, I was very similar and often demanded things that were not in my best interest. After a few days of this struggle with getting my son to eat healthy food, I finally realized that I needed to empathize with him. I told him a story about my past. I was around the age he was and I was in a stage of “not wanting to brush my hair”. My mom would explain the concequences that if I did not brush my hair, then knots would form and it would hurt even more to brush it. After a few days of not brushing my hair, a giant know had formed and it was too painful to brush out. Thus, I had to get a haircut, which made me very mad. I told this story to my son and then explained that if he only ate “candy”, then his stomach would hurt and his body would not get the appropriate nutrients it needed to grow. I explained that his choice to only eat candy would have consequences. This was a critical moment becuase I was being transparent with my son and using a personal experience that he would be able to connect with. He now has the power to choose his own fate and realize that our choices have consequences. Similarly, God gives us the power to make choices everyday. We can choose to follow God and His rules or stray away and follow our own desires. Are our choices aligned with what God would want?
This is a really good question. Critical moments come in all types and levels of severity. They have shown up for me as teachers trying to usurp the group, leaving the group, or otherwise causing problems; parents who don’t understand the need for having their children at least working to obey the rules; and wondering if I am good enough for the job. Those moments have not always ended gracefully, but when I put God’s way on top, I can see Him get the victory. It isn’t always the popular thing to do, but God only leads in the right way. I’m thankful that I am still teachable!
I believe that I have encountered some form of critical moments when we started our Men’s Ministry. By following God I along with the other group leaders brought God to the the forefront of the group. Some of the group expected a Social Group only. We worked together to have what we call God Led Men Fed condition.
I was ordained as Co-Pastor of my church, and given authority to make some decisions , but ultimately they where set in place if the Senior Pastor agreed. The Pastor died within five months, thrusting me in the position of Pastor with very little hands on experience, and no knowledge of the business aspect. The first service after the former Pastor’s burial, the longtime Elder Associate Pastor announced to the congregation that his time was up, and he’s leaving. Members was crying and confused. The next Sunday I preached a message on being steadfast and unmovable always abounding in good works. The congregation regained their confidence in our church’s direction and future.
Yes, when some congregation slander me and leave the church. After years of together with them they leave the church it really hurt my self. But I think it is happened for a reasons.
Yes. Through these current world situations we are facing. As mentioned in the previous discussion question’s response, My adult children are concerned for the current events our world is now facing. My challenge to them is to remember Christ died for all; and praying for our brothers and sisters in Christ is necessary, and likewise, prayer for their enemies is too. This is a life lesson I am still learning. As a leader and guide I find myself motivated to learn along with my children and grandchildren as daily situations and world events arise, creating in our family an influencing team of believers. One of our family scripture verses of influence is 2 Timothy 1:12 “For this reason I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.”
Every leader has critical moments; for example, during the pandemic, the leaders must decide the church’s response strategy to the lockdown and the problems associated with the lockdown. As for me, I believe we must respond proactively to the issues and come out with such solutions as online service instead of in-person service, online meetings and gatherings, and distribution of food packets for those that experience financial hardship during this period.
I believe in short projects in which I have lead, I did experience “critical moments.” I realize that a part of leadership is problem solving, decisiveness, adaptation, and a moving forward momentum. I also have realized in these critical moments having the right people or team in place. These critical moments may be necessary for larger, bigger, critical moments later in life.