Often leaders are not true to themselves or to the call of God in their lives. The following are signs that you have been leading from your true, authentic self and not from false expectations.
For the church to obey the Cultural Commission of influencing every realm of culture as salt and light (Genesis 1:28 and Matthew 5:13-16) it is essential that believers learn how to think biblically and articulate biblical principles in the language of contemporary hearers.
All the biblical covenants point to believers taking the lead in secular society and redeeming cultures for the kingdom and glory of God.
For the past 25 years I have been in the habit of regularly reading books on leadership so I can keep the edge needed to minister at my highest level.
Perhaps the best book I have ever read is Launching a Leadership Revolution by Chris Brady and Orrin Woodward. The book builds upon the concepts of some of the top leadership books written over the past several decades and succinctly presents five major levels of personal leadership development and influence.
In my journey as a leader for over 30 years I have sometimes noticed certain associate leaders have a hard time backing up some of the protocols set in place by their senior leader. This often results in the associate leader playing the role of the “good cop” making the senior leader the “bad cop”!
For example, if a senior leader reprimands a staff person for being habitually late, while an associate leader is sympathetic and looks the other way when confronted with this situation, or even agrees with the staff person’s reasons for being late, the associate leader is making the senior leader look like an uncaring, bad person.
Text: Galatians 3:13-14
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
The Bible teaches us in Exodus 20:5-6 that God promises either generational blessings or curses depending on how we decide to live our lives.
Galatians 3:13 is a key passage that all Christians need to understand in order to bring the blessings of God upon their family line for generations to come.
In this day and age it is common that many Christian leaders live lives without any true friends. I even had one high-level leader tell me once that he had no friends, and that he kept people at a distance, never expecting anything from anyone so he would not be disappointed.
This is a very sad commentary on contemporary Christian leadership since friendship is very important for the social well-being of all individuals, irrespective of the kind of position in which you serve.
With the changing of times many people are evaluating their lives, including many ministers and leaders who are making vows and resolutions to the Lord. In light of all the scandals in the church and the intense scrutiny all leaders in society are presently under, my proposal is that one of the primary vows leaders make should be to walk in integrity.
As much as I feel uncomfortable with this, transfer growth (that is, numerical growth to a local church when people migrate from another church) is a reality pastors around the world need to plan for. I understand there are going to be some people assigned to our local church from other churches for various reasons. One of these reasons is that apostolic/prophetic people will be drawn to apostolic/prophetic churches modeled after the New Testament church, and in some cases these people may come to Christ in churches without that New Testament revelation.
The Church of the Lord Jesus has been the greatest force in the world for the past 2,000 years because it has the most motivated volunteers in the world.
Merely praying is never enough; if this was so every person in the world who prays to God would have their prayers answered. There are clear criteria in Scripture related to how and for whom God answers prayer. The following are scriptural principles related to praying in the will of God.