Generally speaking, leadership involves changing others. From a spiritual perspective, the purpose of our leadership is to change others, right?
However, change must first begin within ourselves. It is easy to ask others to do what we are either unwilling to do or have not done yet.
The power of change starts with us. When we make changes in our own lives first, we set an example for others to see why they must change also.
As leaders in our homes, communities, and the church, let us first work on changing ourselves and then seek opportunity to help others change.
Think about our approach to leadership. How will our influence be remembered in the church and community where we live and serve?
Harry Truman said, “Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.”
Will we be remembered because we made a change for the better?
Will our leadership impact the eternal good of others?
If it seems the world stands still around us, maybe it is time we stood up to lead. Seize the opportunity to change things for the better. Lead as God would have us to do!
If the church where you and I attend were to disappear tomorrow, would anyone in the community know? Would anyone care?
Those two questions are chilling and convicting for me. I fear the answers and it directly relates to the impact we have in the world where we live.
Have we become so inward-focused that we no longer recognize the influence the church must have in the community?
Something may just be missing in our leadership and we need to consider what can be done––what must be done––to lead God’s people in rebuilding the reputation of the church.
I enjoy reading new material, especially when it focuses on passion. Most agree that passion is the difference maker to success.
Darren Hardy’s book, The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster, talks about “Four Passion Switches.” These switches are below with a snippet of what they reference.
Be passionate about what you do: This one is the most common. People talk about their passion for what they do, but maintaining this level of passion 100 percent of the time is challenging.
Be passionate about why you do it: The mission and vision that drives what a leader does adds another level to passion and when we understand why, passion increases.
Be passionate about how you do it: This switch represents going above and beyond, not just settling for good enough or the status quo. How speaks to the importance of quality.
Be passionate about who you do it for: Hardy refers to this as the “means-to-an-end” switch. Knowing who benefits: family, community, country, etc. drives passion upwards.
I am excited to read more and encourage you to find ways to increase your passion as a leader.
“If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” John Wooden
Legendary basketball coach, John Wooden, is well know for his leadership ability as well as his written material on the subject.
The thought today strikes at the core of how we approach every area of our life, whether we apply it to the home, workplace, community, or church.
Too many times the approach is demonstrated by just enough effort to get by, not to do it right, and certainly not to excel.
When we consider the realm of spiritual leadership, or leadership in general, the results of only doing enough to get by are tragic. Souls are at stake! If we fail to do it right, there may never be enough time to do it over. Often times we only have one chance to make a good first impression, share the joy of the good news, or reach out to a fellow Christian who faces a “crossroad” in their relationship with God.
We need to recognize the need, but also the urgency, to do it right the first time.
DALTON, Ga. (BNC) — Jon Purley tells his story of how he discovered the truth about salvation. It all started with a question by his son.
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Community comes from the idea of commune, which involves sharing something in common. Location, interests, pursuits, and many more make up a few areas that fall into the category of commonalities.
From this basis, we connect to the concept of people in a community. Biblically, we find this sense of community in the example of the early church. Acts 2 and 4 record the beauty of community that shared all things: spiritually, physically, and psychologically.
The challenges we face today stem from the contrast of individualism and community. With a culture bent on pushing individualism, the influence can devastate the church. Perhaps this is the underlying cause of many who leave one congregation for another; their individual needs are not met.
Promoting and implementing the concept of community will not be an easy road to walk. Overcoming the individualistic mindset that is so pervasive will be difficult.
Community is more than meeting for worship three times a week, but the intermingling of lives on a daily basis, as demonstrated in Acts 2:46.
Our prayer should be to develop a greater sense of belonging to God’s community than the community of the world.
It’s not about changing them, it’s about changing us.
Give this principle thought. The general mindset of leadership is about changing others. After all, spiritually speaking, we are leading, right? The purpose of our leadership is changing others, right? Are we not supposed to change others?
However, before we can change others we must first change ourselves. It is far too easy to ask others to do what we are either unwilling to do or have not done yet.
The power of change begins with us. When we make changes in our own lives first, then we are setting an example for others to see why they should change also.
When leadership provides the example of change, then consistency is the model. Perhaps this is why God requires repentance of all.
A change of mind motivates the change of will, which in turn changes the direction of our action.
As leaders in our homes, communities, schools, jobs, and the church, let us first work on changing ourselves and then seek opportunity to help others change.
“As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” Amy Poehler
Few suggestions are more exciting than the opportunity to sit around a table with others and collaborate ideas. Discussing and planning every area of life, personally and professionally, serves to improve our leadership.
The beauty of collaborating with others is the inspiration of gleaning from the wisdom and experience of those closest to our lives. Here we find guidance from others who care most for us. Their desire is to see us succeed in life.
Spiritually, few opportunities are more important than times of collaboration where we examine ways to strengthen the church and lead others to a greater hope.
The change in life that makes the greatest difference in who we are and what we do is born from the benefits of what is learned in community.
The use of community raises both a positive and negative response. The word “community” relates to several words we use on a daily basis: fellowship, common, public, communion, and more. Regardless of where we might stand on the idea of community, we should consider the biblical use of this concept.
Biblically, we read about the early church having all things in common; no needs existed among them.
We refer to the Lord’s Supper instituted by Christ as “communion” because we come together for the common purpose of communing with our Lord, remembering His life, death, and resurrection.
Paul referred to the church at Philippi in community with him concerning the gospel. They shared, participated, and enjoyed fellowship in the same task.
The idea of community comes from the Latin word communitas, referring to a sense of sharing and intimacy developed among people who experience a transition period that brings them together into a group characterized by prescribed forms of conduct.
When this commonality exists, leading in community takes on a new perspective and deserves research to provide strength for the community of God’s people – the church.