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.
Leadership tends to introduce several interesting twists in the development of leaders and followers.
How do we want others to treat us? With respect, integrity, love, appreciation, patience, etc.? If this is true, then Jesus would say treat others this way first!
We must not be influenced or directed by the practices of culture in our relationships.
It is easy to react, instead of acting as we should. Additionally, we must be careful to guard against overreacting.
Leaders must learn to act in keeping with the way we want others to act.
In both English and Greek definitions, the word devoted has similarities, but there is a powerful difference.
The English speaks of love and loyalty, but the Greek involves “insisting on staying close to someone or something.”
Spiritually, devoted leaders insist on staying close to the following.
People: They learn the needs of the people and help guide them to heaven.
Plan: The plan is the map. Leaders must not deviate from it, or the goal is unreachable.
Lord: Leaders know the true source of their strength is not themselves, but the Lord.
Through a leader’s devotion, a foundation is laid to great achievement.
Leaders must be perpetual learners.
Donald Norris, president of Strategic Initiatives, identifies perpetual learning as “much more than lifelong learning on steroids. It is different from lifelong learning in every way.” He clarifies by stating that it involves learning every day, viewing growth in knowledge as a way of life rather than an activity of life.
This type of learning produces three benefits:
…a better understanding of leading people.
…a better vision of the future.
…a better love for life.
When driven to learn from every person we meet, book we read, and experience in life, we grow as leaders.
The idea of generosity is characterized by this thought: The greatest Giver (God), with the greatest motive (love) giving the greatest gift (His only Son) for the greatest need (our sin).
Leaders should exemplify generosity. The value of generosity is witnessed in the example of God.
Leadership is built on giving.
What best suits our giving? Do we give what is left over, easy and convenient, or is our generosity suited by giving our best?
As spiritual leaders, we need to love what we do, because the benefits are eternal.
We need to believe and know this is a great work!
Steve Jobs once said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”
The work is far too valuable and important to do just enough to get by, the minimum.
This is God’s work. Let us love it, live it, and invest our lives into it.
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Life is too short to work at something we hate. Additionally, when we love what we do it never feels like work.
This does not mean we never experience problems or challenges, even in a job we love. However, when we love what we do, the difference is noticeable.
Regardless of our career choice, nothing holds more value than leading others to Christ. There is no greater opportunity or privilege than changing someone’s eternal destination of others.
When our relationship with God makes a difference for others, we know the love to lead.
Moses experienced an intimate relationship with God that was “face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.”
Is it possible to develop an intimate relationship with God like one shared between the closest of friends?
What can we learn from the example of Moses?
He desired to know God more than anything else.
He sought the favor of God through obedience.
He communicated with God daily.
He loved God’s people with an incredible intercessory love.
He led with a passion to fulfill God’s will.
The New Testament teaches us to walk with God based on several parallels. Spiritual leaders should not only desire this intimate relationship, but strive to achieve it.
We cannot emphasize enough the necessity of servant-leadership. In an effort to emphasize the point, Victor Cousin said, “Men are governed only by serving them; the rule is without exception.”
While there are many leadership styles, spiritual leadership succeeds by service.
Jesus said; “by this all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” In the context, Jesus taught the necessity of being a servant.
If we understand the true definition of Biblical love, we cannot fulfill the new command given by Christ without being a servant.