Jesus didn’t take these men and immediately throw them into leadership. Jesus instead walked with them, prayed with them, and disciple them. In order to make disciples as Jesus did takes hard work, it requires grip, nurturing time, requires emotional intelligence, capacity, and fortitude.
A visionary may see, but a leader must decide.
They say it takes a village to raise a child. The Bible shows us it takes a church to grow a Christian.
Discipleship is not simply staffed by elite paid clergy by the few for the few. Instead, it is God’s call for all the saints (priesthood of believers) to biblically counsel and disciple all.
If your ministry has a leadership problem it has a discipleship problem. You can’t make disciples and not develop leaders.
Does your church have an intentional development plan to disciple and deploy believers to live out the Great Commission?
In this fallen world even people in a very complex, postmodern world are desperately hungry to hear the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. We need to step it up. We need to toughen up and take this job seriously. We need to be ready to suffer for the gospel. We need to be motivated by this stewardship that we have been entrusted. We are to run this race well.
If we don’t have a clear vision that drives us, chances are a maintenance mode rather than multiplication mode. True success in our lives as leader is growing those who are following us.
We believe everything rises and falls on culture and culture rises and falls on the leader. So as christians leaders in our culture the fundamental question we must ask is, “Am I really leading?”
According to a study done by Focus on the Family, fifteen hundred pastors leave the ministry each month due to spiritual burnout or contention in their churches.
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