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A Cause To Lead…

Passion drives our efforts in relationship to specific causes. The causes range from self-preservation to self-gratification.

At times we labor in a cause that provides for the physical wellbeing of others. We even appreciate the value of a cause that preserves the wellbeing of the planet.

As leaders it is vital that we develop a vision for the spiritual cause of Christ.

We labor diligently to provide for the physical future of our families. We should also consider their spiritual and eternal future with the same intensity.

Of all the causes worth leading, let us lead others to an eternal future.

Heart of Leaders…

Do we have the heart for leadership? Our leadership is about influence, passion, character, vision and much more. If we have the heart for leadership we do what is necessary to prepare ourselves in each area to grow and develop appropriately.

Do we have the heart for people? Good leadership involves people and no two people are alike. Having a heart for people means being a part of their lives and being transparent with our own. Connecting with people raises leadership to incredible heights and makes an eternal difference.

Not everyone has the heart for it. However, those who have a heart for leadership change the future.

Project Leadership…

When is the best time to start and complete a project?
Why is this project important and what will it cost?
How will the project benefit others?
When will we make time to work on the project?
Who knows about the project and how do others learn about it?
What is required to maintain enthusiasm for the project?
Can the project potentially distract us from important matters in life?

Our projects can help or hinder our leadership. If we are not asking the right questions, we may be unaware of how they affect our relationship with others.

Leadership, The Next Generation…

In construction, workers tend to give little thought to the person who comes next on the job. Most try to get the work done quickly, save as much money as possible, and let whoever comes next worry about it.

We must guard against such attitudes.

If we do not consider what and who comes next the structure will not last.

What shape will the leadership of the church be in when the current eldership is gone?

We need to think about who follows and work to resolve necessary issues, so that those who come next will enjoy something better.

Reclusive Leadership…

Few areas in life are more exciting than seeing God’s hand at work.

However, Dorsey Traw said, “It is difficult to see the hand of God at work in our lives, if the only place we ever go is to the supermarket and the service station.”

Consider how limited a reclusive life becomes if we only visit one or two places.

Leadership never takes place in seclusion. If we plan to make a dent in the spiritual transformation of the world, we must get out and get involved in the lives of others.

We must pray fervently, lift up our eyes and look for opportunities, and step up to lead others to our Lord.

Details Matter…

Details make a difference. 

Spiritual leadership involves a number of significant areas within the church and our world. If not careful, we can easily lose sight of the details only to focus on what we see as a larger, big picture, idea of scripture and the work.

At times it may be a word, phrase, or suggestion, but those details bring a wealth of blessing to our leadership. We will also find it provides a great blessing to those who follow.

While we pour ourselves into our study of scripture, let us take time to observe and pay attention to the details God intends for us to learn.

Dependence on God…

On the heels of July 4th, here are a couple of thoughts.

Our world continually fights for independence. 

On an international level, countries strive to achieve their freedom. They want to stand on their own, make their own way, establish their own direction.

On a professional level, the business world demonstrates similar areas as individuals and companies work for financial liberty.

On a personal level, if not careful, we train our children to do the same. We urge them to grow up and learn how to make it on their own.

From a spiritual perspective, we need to teach a greater dependence on God and let Him take care of the rest.

Liberty Leaders…

The history of Independence Day is on the minds of most Americans as they remember the events from 1776. July 4th (243 years ago) brought freedom / independence from the rule of England.

The years that followed have been filled with highs and lows, victories and defeats. These events have shaped this nation and provided us with independence.

As spiritual leaders, we value the price paid by many to give us our freedoms and realize the need to help others understand and experience another kind of liberty found only in Christ. 

Time is too precious to delay. Let us be diligent to the task. Happy 4th

Truth and Unity…

People commonly believe we can “agree to disagree” and still have unity.

Absolute truth is denied and whatever is true to you may not be for me.

From the standpoint of opinions, there is no problem being united in the midst of disagreement. However, unity at the cost of compromising God’s word is a problem.

Doctrine trumps opinion, and if we disagree, either one of us is right and the other wrong, or we are both wrong. We cannot both be right and disagree on the healthy teaching of the faith.

Leaders must be diligent to stand firm on truth, proclaim it boldly, and follow it explicitly. Then we can be united as God designed for the church.

A Leadership Question…

If God required the genuine conversion of 1,000 souls to Christ before you and I could enter heaven, what would we do?

I know the Lord does not require it, but if so, would we not stop everything and start diligently trying to share the gospel with others?

Why do we procrastinate and think we have plenty of time when the Lord could come now, or those we need to reach might die?

What will it take for me to realize the urgency of eternity? When will I recognize the reality of hell?

Life is too short to focus on the here and now. Lead people to the hereafter! Think Souls!