For pastors, staff, department heads, and ministry leaders:
If you don’t lead, someone else will - no matter what your formal structure says. Even if you are the authorized lead person, if you don’t lead someone else will. Some group or person always steps up to fill a leadership vacuum… often with negativity. It's up to you to keep the ship on course and to prevent an overthrow. It's also up to you to not allow mission drift to set in. Any form of Christian governance has to begin with strong leadership and trust – and that means you.
Never be afraid to lead. Stand up. When you shy away from leadership you are abdicating your God-given role.