One of the great human freedoms is the freedom to fail and to get back up and try again! I have heard it said that before Abraham Lincoln became president of the United States, he went bankrupt and lost several local and national elections. To unleash potential, we must be willing to allow people to fail forward. Controlling others does not unleash their potential; trusting them to make mistakes and learn from those mistakes does.
Last week, I went over the differences between event-driven and process-driven churches, to read “Are You an Apostolic Leader with a Typical Charismatic Structure?” (Part I), click here.
In this article we will review the progression in scripture for the advance of the gospel. When we read the so-called “Great Commission” passages we notice that Mark chapter 16:15 to 17 has to do with making individual disciples by winning people to Christ, casting demons out of them, healing them, and cleaning them up so they can become powerful Christ followers:
In the context of this teaching, when I say the word “charismatic” I am not being negative about the Pentecostal experiences of moving in the gifts of the spirit. I am referring to a typical charismatic structure related to the culture, governance, and methodologies that pervades many of the churches in the world that are considered part of the apostolic movement.
“For this reason I am writing these things while absent, so that when present I need not use severity, in accordance with the authority which the Lord gave me for building up and not for tearing down” (2 Corinthians 13:10, NASB).
Over the past several decades, there have been many media reports about leaders accused of taking advantage of other people. There is a common pattern of abuse in which leaders use their positions of authority to take advantage of their subordinates or those looking to them for help. There are many signs of abusive leadership, which can relate to leadership in the family, church, business, politics, and/or any organization or voluntary association. Also, often abusers, themselves, are the victims of abuse. The following are characteristics and traits of abusive leadership (Abusive leaders can have one or many of the following traits):
Seduction towards evil and away from God has been prevalent throughout history ever since the fall of humankind. The fact that we see all kinds of seduction resulting in leadership scandals in the Body of Christ today should not be surprising — since the enemy targets the most influential among us so he can destroy the faith of the most amount of people (Zechariah 13:7).
The enemy of our souls utilizes this more than any other method to get believers and churches off track. The following are 10 forms of seduction scripture warns us against:
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