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5 Ways a Leader Can Shorten Seasons of Trial

5 Ways a Leader Can Shorten Seasons of Trial

   I.V. Marsh
   31 August 2018

I am so thankful to Children’s Cup for allowing us to live our life dream and do missions in Africa. It has expanded our hearts as a church. 

In life, we have three areas that we must navigate regularly: Trial, transition, and triumph. With every trial in life, there will come a season of transition. As a leader, it is how we navigate the season of transition that determines how soon we arrive in the triumph season.

Here are 5 things that a leader must do to shorten the trial season.

1. Have a plan

  • Many transitions go wrong because the leader does not have a plan.
  • Sit down and write down your goals, objectives, roles, and timeframe for this transition.

2. Clearly define leadership roles

  • If roles are not clearly defined, this will cause confusion and much unneeded frustration.
  • Make sure you have a clearly defined leader or point person. This will help bring clarity and relieve some of the stress that accompanies change. This, too, will create safety.

3. Share the load

  • Many leaders feel they have to do it all when it comes to leading change. During a transition, whether big or small, it is key to remember that you will not be able to lead effectively if you do not share the load.
  • Know the areas you’re strong in and know the areas you are NOT strong in. Now, surround yourself with other leaders who have the ability to move the organization forward. (We say stack your weaknesses!)
  • Most teams value a “whatever it takes attitude.” Great—but remember, “I will do anything but I will NOT do everything.”

Imagine a boat captain that has come down from the bridge and is now in the engine room. The captain may feel like this is something he can do to help, but let me assure you that this is not where the captain of a boat NEEDS to be.

A great captain or leader understands their role and understands that if the boat is going to “stay its course,” then the captain must be in the bridge where they can care for the entire ship through empowering and entrusting crew members. 

4. Point people to God

  • I am often surprised how little I hear of praying during times of major transition. God has such a different perspective on transition, because He sees the past, the present, and the future.
  • Now, I am not talking about a “tack-on” prayer at the beginning or at the end of a team meeting, but big chunks of intentional time seriously seeking God’s perspective during times of transition and change.
  • Getting God’s perspective brings safety. (See Philippians 4:7)

5. Overcommunicate

  • You, as a leader, may feel like you have either heard the facts or talked about them too many times already, but always remember: your team is not a part of all the conversations that you are privileged to hear.
  • An informed team is a valued team. When people feel valued they feel safe.

Key point: As the leader, you are responsible for creating a sense of safety during a time when your team is tempted to adopt fear and anxiety.

Pastors IV & Bené Marsh are the lead pastors of Epic Church. They are a dynamic couple with a passion to see people experience LIFE and live it to the fullest. With a raw and unfiltered approach to preaching, Pastor IV & Pastor Bené love to see people engage God in fun and creative ways, and they have a unique ability to take complex ideas and present them in a way that they become simple and practical. Both Pastors IV & Bené are hyper focused on seeing our culture return to God’s original creative order. Married for 24 years, Pastor IV and Pastor Bene’ live in Decatur, Alabama, and have two sons, Garrett and Joshua, a daughter, Ella, and a daughter-in-love, Jessica. To learn more about Epic Church, visit

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