Grant Vissers is a husband, pastor, blogger, and host of the Young Church Leaders Podcast. He serves as Associate Pastor at St. Paul’s Leaskdale north of Toronto, Canada. Today he’s interviewed on his own podcast! That might be a first…
In this episode, we talk about the importance of self-awareness and what Grant has learned through interviewing some of today’s best and brightest leaders.
Welcome to episode 19 of the Young Church Leaders Podcast with Grant Vissers!
Takeaways from the Episode
1. Self-Awareness is the Starting Point for Developing Your Heart
Whenever you walk into a mall, one of the first things you see is the “You’re Here” sticker on the map. If you want to find anything in the mall, typically, you need to find where you are first. The same is true for your heart. Self-awareness is the “You’re Here” signpost for your heart. If you want to grow, you need to first do the hard work of figuring out where you are. So take some time, and be honest with yourself, assess your heart and ask God to reveal where your heart currently stands with Jesus. Ask God if where you are today is healthy and continuing to develop your heart?
2. Don’t Set Out to Build a Platform, Set Out to Impact People for Jesus
In ministry, it is important to continually reflect on why you do what you do. It’s great to take some time to reflect and ask Jesus, “Am I doing what you want me to be doing?” It seems like in our connected age of social media every pastor needs to build a platform in order to have influence. That’s simply not true. Don’t set out to build a platform, set out to live into your calling and influence people for Jesus. He’ll provide you with the platform you need to fulfil that calling on your life. If you feel like you need to build a platform for yourself, don’t, it’s not what you’re called to do.
3. God Does the Bulk of Heart Work in the Valleys of Our Lives
God often reveals greater truths about himself and you in the valleys of our lives. Sometimes, when things don’t go as planned, when we’re told no, or when we’re left wondering what went wrong, God meets us with something greater than we could have imagined. Becoming a self-aware leader includes being able to walk away from a disappointment while still realizing that your identity remains intact in Jesus. It also means being able to allow God to work on your heart even in the midst of disappointment. It’s not always pain-free, but it’s worth it.
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Join us next time on the Young Church Leaders Podcast with Grant Vissers. In episode 8 we talk to Matthew Ruttan about burnout, ministry, health and the heart.