28 We proclaim him by instructing and teaching all people with all wisdom so that we may present every person mature in Christ. 29 Toward this goal I also labor, struggling according to his power that powerfully works in me. (Col 1:28-29, NET)
36 When He saw the crowds, He felt compassion for them, because they were weary and worn out, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. 38 Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.” (Matt 9:36-38, HCSB)
Psalm 78:72 says of David, “He shepherded them with a pure heart and guided them with skillful hands.” If you only have leadership spirit people will like you but only follow you so far because you don’t produce results. If you only have leadership skill people will admire you for a season but will eventually feel used by you because they don’t feel valued. David was an effective leader because he developed his leadership spirit and skills. Read More →
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? ~ 1 Timothy 3:1-7
2 Shepherd God’s flock among you, not overseeing out of compulsion but freely, according to God’s will; not for the money but eagerly; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. (1Pet 5:2-4, HCSB)
“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord. ~ Jeremiah 23:1
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19 Although I am a free man and not anyone’s slave, I have made myself a slave to everyone, in order to win more people. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win Jews; to those under the law, like one under the law — though I myself am not under the law — to win those under the law. 21 To those who are without that law, like one without the law — not being without God’s law but within Christ’s law — to win those without the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, in order to win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I may by every possible means save some. (1Cor 9:19-22, HCSB)
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Leaders can do great things…but only when they lead a team. One person is severely limited in the impact they can make, and will probably burn out. You must learn to empower, encourage, train and delegate to be a good leader.
Teamwork makes the dream work.
Character, wisdom, understanding culture, they are all limited if you can’t lead others. Leading a team is the culmination of your growth as a leader, and often your most challenging task. Too many people call themselves leaders, but can’t manage others well. We must intentionally learn the art of leading others so we make the impact God has called us to make.
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