I was reading this list from Gary Lamb(lessons learned after being a church planter for 2 years), and there were a couple of Gary's thoughts that really resonated with me.
Here are a couple that clicked for me...(my thoughts are in parenthesis)
1.) If you truly believe in your vision then 99% of decisions are already decided. Saves you a lot of trouble. (otherwise you will be tempted to second guess yourself)
4.) You can lead your people by doing life WITH them instead of being ABOVE them.
5.) People want a pastor who is the same Monday-Saturday as he is on Sunday.
6.) You can't grow as a leader without having mentors who are ahead of you in the game. I thank God for those people in my life. (I need and am greatful to have a 'Paul' in my life, it is also important for me to have peers who are in ministry that I share my life with.)
7.) I have the greateast wife in the world. She is the greatest pastor's wife in the world because her ministry is our family. (I am so blessed to be part of a church that doesn't put undo pressure on my own wife and lets her be herself, she truly has been a partner in ministry for the past 17 years.)
11.) There will be critics. Only insecure leaders feel the need to defend themselves. (This is why the Gospel is so key. When I am secure and know that my righteousness comes from Christ, I won't go after the approval of men)
12.) You must grow ahead of your church's growth
14.) Preach vision AT LEAST every two months. You think your people are sick of it, but they don't live with it like you do and will forget it. (Andy Stanley said it correctly, 'Vision leaks')
17.) If you aren't friends with your staff, then why are they around? (True team is so important!)
19.) RUN to confrontation.
20.) Love your people no matter what.
21.) It's ALL about two things: Jesus and People