One word leaders need to understand for the success of the church is develop.
The apostles continued to emphasize the need for the church to develop. Prayers expressed requests to help the church develop.
Developing faith and relationship with God is a vital responsibility of leadership. We must do the following:
Lead others to a greater love and understanding of truth.
Assist Christians in an understanding and involvement of their abilities in His service.
Encourage the expression of God’s grace through sharing the love of Christ at the cross.
Provide an example in all the above.
Leadership is about development. Let us get started.
One of the key principles of leadership involves communication.
When leaders do not keep others informed, suspicion grows, distrust blossoms, doubt develops, and anxiety raises its ugly head.
Spiritually speaking, there is a great need for Christians to be informed by leadership.
What kind of information needs to be provided?
Information about plans for the future, changes to be made, challenges or hindrances facing the plans, and existing needs.
When leaders communicate, trustworthy and loyal relationships develop. It is time for God’s leaders to lead.
We’ve heard the phrase “caught between a rock and a hard place.” Paul expressed this thought to the church at Philippi. He felt torn between going to be with the Lord and remaining in the flesh to help these Christians.
There are those who are caught in the middle between two friends.
There are children who are born in the middle between two siblings.
There are Christians who religiously walk in the middle of the road.
However, Paul wasn’t, nor can leaders today, be in the middle of the road regarding God’s word. Leaders need dedication and confidence to move others from where they are to where they need to go.
Today is the first day of the rest of our life. Now is the acceptable time.
It is time…
It is time for leaders to stand up and lead.
It is time to be men and women of God.
It is time to fulfill our role and responsibility in the home.
It is time for Christians to speak up about their faith.
All we have is right now, and it is time. Do not waste what God has given us. Take advantage of the time we are given and begin now!
It is time to make a difference.
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Direction takes many different forms. Leaders must give and receive direction.
We receive direction from the One true spiritual leader, Christ.
In turn, our vision must be used to provide direction for others.
Spiritual leaders provide spiritual direction. We help others get on course and encourage them to stay on course.
Parents lead in the home.
Congregational leaders lead congregations.
All of us as Christians must lead the lost.
When we provide direction we assist others in reaching the destination our leadership strives to reach…heaven.
One critical challenge for leaders exists in the arena of delegating.
Robert Half said, “Delegating work works, provided the one delegating works, too.” The effectiveness of delegating occurs when we lead by example.
Jesus demonstrated this thought with the apostles.
The apostles followed by setting their own example.
Christians are instructed to do the same.
No one is above any task.
No one is too good for the lowest of jobs.
No one is so powerful they are beyond the need for help.
Spiritual leaders must delegate needed work. Delegating this work is never easy, but when we set the right example, enlisting others to help falls into place.
We all have various ways to remind us of scheduled activities, from sticky notes to Google calendar.
Spiritually, there are events we should not miss.
Where does our gathering with Christians rank in our priorities?
Where does time in prayer and study rank?
Where do family devotionals fit?
These events are matters of choice, and we either make them a priority or place other events before them.
Just a reminder, there is an event scheduled we will attend, a Lord appointed a day.
Since everyone will be there, we should make preparing for it a priority. As Christians, we should eagerly anticipate it. This is a day we do not want to miss!
Elite must mean something special, because it is defined as the best in a particular area or field. Generally, eliteness is associated with power, wealth, or ability.
Spiritual leadership carries an elite characteristic. The idea is not about self-centered power, wealth, or ability. It is about Who makes us elite.
Through the sacrifice of Christ, God’s grace was abundantly provided to us. The result grants God’s elite access to His throne.
Christians are elite. Knowing the outcome of Christ’s work on the cross, we have a responsibility to lead others to share in the access we have with God. Think Souls!
The history of Independence Day is on the minds of most Americans today. July 4, 1776 brought freedom from the law and rule of England.
The events formulating the history of this nation, like any other, have played a key role in developing the present character of this country.
As Christians, we recognize our freedom from the slavery to sin through Jesus Christ. The price paid bought freedom not for one nation, but for all nations on the earth.
Our role as spiritual leaders is to help others understand and experience this freedom.
Time is too precious to delay. Think Souls.