The
Christological
World View of a
Leader
Saturday, 17 August 13
Leadership like
Christ
The Call of God
The Character of a Leader
The Characteristics of a Leader
Servanthood
Vision and le...
Richard
Chamberlain
Saturday, 17 August 13
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http://rdcramblings.com/
richard.ltci@gmail.com
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Twitt...
Which biblical references
do you think are most
important for us in
understanding the nature
of leadership and how best
to...
1 Timothy 3:1-13
1Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets
his heart on being an overseer, he desires a
noble task. 2N...
4He must manage his own family well and
see that his children obey him with proper
respect. 5(If anyone does not know how ...
 8Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of
respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine,
and not pursuing dishonest gain...
 11In the same way, their wives are to be
women worthy of respect, not malicious
talkers but temperate and trustworthy in
...
Using the biblical
references as a basis for
your answer:
Formulate (write) your
own (brief) definition of
leadership
Satu...
Worth noting and asking,
“why is this interesting?”
There are many diverse definitions
of leadership: Burt Nanus and
Warren...
J Oswald Sanders,
“If those who hold influence
over others fail to lead
towards the spiritual
uplands, then surely the
path...
Who
is
this?
Saturday, 17 August 13
William Carey
laboured for 7
years before his
first convert in
India.
Saturday, 17 August 13
•For six years, the Careys moved from one
place to another, seeking employment and
a place to get established.  The list o...
•The defection of Ram Basu, a convert
from Thomas’ former time of ministry,
who at first had been a great help to them
•Opp...
•Six years, without an Indian coming to
Jesus after faithful preaching
•Criticism of the Home Committee.  “Why
aren’t you ...
Dorothy, William’s wife, couldn’t take the
strain.  She hadn’t wanted to come in the
first place.  Culture shock gripped he...
William Carey is considered the father
of modern missions - his influence lives
on -what we do in church planting and
teach...
Paul to the Corinthian church...
We are afflicted in every way...
For we who live are always being given
over to death for ...
“Everything
rises and
falls on
leadership”
John Maxwell
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What leadership is not
Adapted from an original idea from Greg Morris
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• Often the church has taken the
world's definition of leadership -
position, prestige, perks and
privileges - and applied ...
1. Leadership is not a position
or a title
Reverend, doctor, pastor, evangelist....
Leadership is more than a title or nam...
2. Leadership is not building a
personality cult (personal
following)
Leaders does not get people to follow them,
instead ...
3. Leadership is not being
indispensable
Some leaders build followers, while others
build leaders.
A true leader is seen i...
4. Leadership is not about
blaming others
Leadership is first and foremost being
honest and responsible for the decisions
y...
5. Leadership is not about
privileges
Many “leaders” are seen using their
position for personal or financial gain.
Leaders ...
5. Leadership is not about
privileges
Many “leaders” are seen using their
position for personal or financial gain.
Leaders ...
Only through modelling Christ's example
of servanthood will our leadership
effectively and strategically shape the
future....
What are the most
important
leadership tasks a
Christian (church)
leader performs?
Saturday, 17 August 13
How would you
choose a church
pastor (leader) -
what criteria,
skills or other
factors would be
important?
Saturday, 17 Au...
Anointing
Ability
Wisdom
Commitment
Faith
Bob Gordon
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The Danger of the
world
“Whenever I meet a Buddhist leader, I
meet a holy man. Whenever I meet a
Christian leader, I meet ...
Christian congregations and church
authorities repeatedly choose leaders based
on their occupations, personalities or
prof...
Instead of searching for leaders with
secular qualifications, we are to search for
people of character, reputation, ability...
Titus 1:5-9
5 This is why I left you in Crete, so that you
might put what remained into order, and
appoint elders in every...
He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered
or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain,
8but hospitable, a lover of good, s...
The Character of a
Leader
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Preliminary
Questions
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•Do you keep your word?
•Can people trust you?
•Do you finish something you
promise to finish and do you do it on
time?
•If ...
•Have you ever found
it difficult under the
leadership of another
person?
•Do you willingly
submit to authority? If
not, wh...
•Have you ever found
it difficult under the
leadership of another
person?
•Do you willingly
submit to authority? If
not, wh...
The things that captivate
our hearts will
dominate our thoughts,
and our thoughts will
dominate our lives.
What is your he...
•Are there any people
you have not forgiven or
you feel you cannot
forgive? Why? Matt
6:14-15
•Do you find it easy to
admit...
•How do you react
when confronted with
an ungodly situations
or something that
appeals to the lust of
the flesh, the lust o...
35 The good man brings good things out of
the good stored up in him, and the evil man
brings evil things out of the evil s...
2There is nothing concealed that will not be
disclosed, or hidden that will not be made
known. 3What you have said in the ...
"The main ingredient of good
leadership is good character. This is
because leadership involves
conduct and conduct is dete...
• Godliness is more important than
giftedness
• Many people have been gifted but have
led people into destruction
• God de...
“Possession of godly
character, alone, assures
true fruit, lasting
influence and durable
leadership. No amount of
‘fancy fo...
…Although I have no
suspicion or criticism to
make of any zealous
leader’s efforts to seek
help from leadership
methods or...
Define character:
what words might you
use to describe it?
Saturday, 17 August 13
Character
Greek word charakter
derived from a word
which was used for an
embosser or a stamp for
making coins. Heb. 1:3 –
...
• Character is the
action of an
individual under
pressure.
• Character is the
seat of one’s moral
being
• Character is the...
Circumstances do not determine
your character, they reveal it, and
become the occasion to refine it.
Leadership Dynamic p81...
According to Scripture, virtually
everything that truly qualifies a person
for leadership is directly related to
character....
The following section is adapted from
an original by John C. Maxwell
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1. Character is about more than
just devotion, it involves
transformation of / in your life,
not simply inspiration
Saturd...
"Nearly all men can stand adversity,
but if you want to test a man's
character, give him power.“
Abraham Lincoln
Saturday,...
2. Character is not what we
will be in the future – it is
what you are now
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Character is more than talk
• What you do reveals who you are
• So your actions and intentions need
to be one 
• The devel...
3. Character
involves how
we think, our
motives and
attitudes, and
ultimately our
choices - God
looks on the
heart
Saturda...
Character is a choice
Many things you do not choose in life –
family, upbringing etc
We do create our character each time
...
"In the last analysis, what we are
communicates far more eloquently
than anything we say or do."
Stephen Covey
Saturday, 1...
"You cannot dream yourself into a
character; you must hammer and
forge yourself one.“
James A. Froude
Saturday, 17 August ...
4. Character is
revealed under
pressure – how
do you act and
respond when
the heat is on?
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4. Character is
revealed under
pressure – how
do you act and
respond when
the heat is on?
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How a leader deals with
circumstances (or a crisis) reveals his
character
Consider Saul’s actions in 1Samuel
13:13
Saturda...
5. Character is not simply
knowing how to act.
We might know the Bible – we
have to live out the principles
Saturday, 17 A...
Character goes beyond
obedience to rules.
For us it involves the
Holy Spirit speaking to
our inner man, leading
and guidin...
6. Character involves all people
whether in or out of the KOG.
This includes our families, the
church and all people outsi...
Character involves
transparency before,
and accountability to
other people. It is not
merely a private
quest for purity; i...
7. Character brings
lasting success with
people
Followers trust
people with good
character – if it is
flawed people will
no...
8. Leaders
cannot rise
above the
character
limitations
that they have!
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e.g. King Saul
Sometime you see successful people fall
apart – why? Their character is not good
enough to support their su...
The Importance of
Integrity
1. I will practice what I preach
2. I will live what I teach
3. I will be honest with others
4...
The Importance of
Integrity
1. I will practice what I preach
2. I will live what I teach
3. I will be honest with others
4...
Actions determine your emotions:
you don't do what you do
because you feel the way you
feel,
you feel the way you feel
bec...
bad character
disables the
man of God
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Think of Biblical
examples of how poor
character inhibited a
man / woman of God
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The following examples are
of men of God from the Bible
– yet all sinned and so fell
short of all the Lord
desired for the...
Saul
1 Samuel 10" "
Anointed king" "
Strong and mighty"
Great Warrior" "
Excellent leader""
Humble" " "
Saturday, 17 Augus...
1 Samuel 10" " 1 Samuel 31
Anointed king" " Stripped of the "
"(God chose)" Kingdom
Strong and mighty" Tried to murder Dav...
David
1 Samuel 17" "
Anointed king" "
Mighty warrior" "
Great worshipper"
Faithful and loyal"
Great leader" "
Saturday, 17...
1 Samuel 17" " 2 Samuel 11
Anointed king" " Disloyal to his men
Mighty warrior" " Committed adultery
Great worshipper" Com...
1 Samuel 17" " 2 Samuel 11
Anointed king" " Disloyal to his men
Mighty warrior" " Committed adultery
Great worshipper" Com...
Solomon
2 Chron. 1:7-12 "
Anointed king" "
Humble and " "
prayerful"
Temple builder" "
Greatest kingdom" "
Great wealth &"...
2 Chron. 1:7-12 " 1 Kings 11 – Ecc. 1
Anointed king" " Turned his heart from God
Humble and " " Worshipped idols
prayerful...
…and in the New Testament
Peter
• Matthew 16
• “You are the Christ…” (16)
• “Never Lord…” (22)
• Matthew 26
• “Even if all...
Key Thought
‘Sow a thought, reap an act;
sow an act, reap a habit; sow a
habit, reap a character; sow a
character, reap a ...
In terms of character
our aim is The Fruit of
the Spirit
• The character qualities which the
Holy Spirit seeks to develop ...
• Character is shaped by the process of
transformation that takes place in you
- God will use many different ways
and mean...
Simple Principles
for developing
good character
as a man of god how do you develop godly
character?
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i) The In-Out Principle
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i) The In-Out Principle
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ii) The Transparency Principle - No
Hiding Place
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ii) The Transparency Principle - No
Hiding Place
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iii) The Principle
of Testing
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iii) The Principle
of Testing
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iv) The Reflective Principle
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iv) The Reflective Principle
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God’s leaders are only as
effective as the quality of
their relationship with
Him
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The challenges involved in
Christian leadership are powerful.
All areas of your life become
exposed and are open for the
e...
i) The In-Out Principle
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i) The In-Out Principle
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You are in a Fishbowl
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You are in a Fishbowl
People inspect every area of
your life - they see everything
that is in the bowl
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• People will constantly be
watching you
• Jesus exemplified
godliness and holiness to
His disciples - his
enemies (and dis...
• People will constantly be
watching you
• Jesus exemplified
godliness and holiness to
His disciples - his
enemies (and dis...
• Our first tastes of leadership are
important – making sure we keep our
eyes on the Lord and not on the praise
and affirmat...
Make sure you Walk the
Way of Holiness
• All leaders need to
work towards the
place where they do
not love the world
or an...
What are the greatest
temptations in society
today?
Are the temptations faced by
leaders different to those of the
people ...
Do not Love the World
• Leaders should live a life
where the things of the
world cannot get a hold of
our lives
• Money, S...
• Our relationship with
God should take priority
over everything else
• Essential in order to be
able to distinguish good
...
Control your
environment
• A bad environment does
not necessarily hinder a
person’s spiritual growth
in God.
• Evil can be...
• Most environments
today have much that is
sinful within them.
• Leaders need to set the
example of how to live
in such a...
• Most environments
today have much that is
sinful within them.
• Leaders need to set the
example of how to live
in such a...
Resist Sin
• The more you resist
sin and choose to go
God’s way, the more
the fruit of the Spirit
will be evident in
your ...
iii) The Principle
of Testing
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iii) The Principle
of Testing
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Tests,
Trials and
Temptations
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• Are designed by God to improve
the quality and genuineness of
our walk with Him – Joseph, can
you walk with God in the ‘...
• Throw us on the Lord and teach
us to be dependent on Him –
Abraham having Isaac
• They develop perseverance/
overcomer s...
• Refine or purify us spiritually –
Samuel walked with the Lord in a
corrupt situation
• Tests establish the pattern of our...
• Show us what is real and what is
not – Peter happy to confess Jesus,
follow anywhere, then comes
denial!
• The foundatio...
• Show us what is of God and what
is not – Elijah facing Ahab & Jezebel,
discouragement brought unreality
1Kings 19:10
Sat...
• Assess and examine our inner
attitudes and sources of motivation
– fear of man Pr 29:25
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• Reveal to us our weaknesses and
limitations so that we can depend
on God more – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
• Tests show us wh...
Tests are part of God’s work in
preparing our lives to receive the good
things God desires to give us
Through tests God wo...
• Leaders need strong, godly character in
order to withstand trials, persecutions
and temptation
• Gifts and abilities are...
‘Consider it pure joy, my
brothers, whenever you face
trials of many kinds, because you
know that the testing of your
fait...
Specific Tests of
Leadership
adapted from original work by Frank
Damazio
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The Time Test
…the portion of a leader’s ministry
in which God does not seem, at least
by all outward appearances, to be
f...
The Time Test
…the portion of a leader’s ministry
in which God does not seem, at least
by all outward appearances, to be
f...
•Purpose
–Opportunity to grow in faith
–Purification of the leader’s motives and
attitudes
–God to prove Himself to be a mi...
•Example
–Abraham
–75 when left Haran
Gen 12:1-9
–100 when promise
fulfilled Gen 17:1;
18:10
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The Word Test
…the experience of contradictory
circumstances in relation to the written
or quickened Word of God to a lead...
The Word Test
…the experience of contradictory
circumstances in relation to the written
or quickened Word of God to a lead...
•Joseph - favourite son of
Jacob
–At 17 years of age, he
received a word from the
Lord in the form of two
dreams (37:5-11)...
•Purpose
• Cause the leader not
to depend upon his
own resources
• Motivate a leader to
depend solely on
God’s strength
• ...
The Character Test
…when a leader is surrounded by
ungodliness that attempts to pull him
in its direction
And, also when a...
The Character Test
…when a leader is surrounded by
ungodliness that attempts to pull him
in its direction
And, also when a...
•Samuel
• born into a corrupt situation
• Eli was a corrupt high priest and
did not discipline his sons
• Samuel was a ver...
•Purpose
–In order to develop positive character
qualities (e.g. fruit of HS), God puts His
leaders in difficult places so ...
The Motivation Test
…a heavenly examination during
which God exposes to the leader what
are the real inward and outward
fo...
The Motivation Test
…a heavenly examination during
which God exposes to the leader what
are the real inward and outward
fo...
Balaam - Num 22-24
Balak the king of Moab,
had seen how Israel had
defeated all of her
enemies in the land, and,
feared th...
Balaam told Balak that the Lord had told
him not to go with his elders nor to
curse the people of Israel
Balak kept on pre...
Purpose
To purify desires and
intentions God
arranges situations in
order that a leader’s
true priorities are
revealed
Wha...
The Servant Test
…when a man is asked to do menial
tasks that seem below his high calling
in God
The servant test reveals ...
The Servant Test
…when a man is asked to do menial
tasks that seem below his high calling
in God
The servant test reveals ...
Elisha
When Elijah found Elisha he was ploughing
in the field with 12 yoke of oxen (1 Kings
19:21)
Was that the proper plac...
Purpose
To reveal true motivation for service
To teach those that may be called by
God what it feels like to do different
...
ii) The Transparency Principle - No
Hiding Place
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ii) The Transparency Principle - No
Hiding Place
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Maintain A Clear
Conscience
• Our conscience is God’s
alarm bell which goes off
when we cross some
boundary that we know
w...
Maintain A Clear
Conscience
• Our conscience is God’s
alarm bell which goes off
when we cross some
boundary that we know
w...
• If your conscience is
troubling you, seek God
and put it right asap
(repent/confession 1Jn
1:7–9)
• A leader must mainta...
Every day you should
Deny your Self
• Leaders need to learn to live out Luke 9:23
• Establish and live according to the
pr...
Saturday, 17 August 13
“The first lesson in
Christ's school is
self-denial.”
Matthew Henry
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“The first lesson in
Christ's school is
self-denial.”
Matthew Henry
Saturday, 17 August 13
I have now
concentrated all my
prayers into one,
and that one prayer
is this, that I may
die to self, and live
wholly to H...
• Leaders need to conquer
their self-will, and trust God
and do whatever He asks
them to do (hard as leaders
are often go-...
Keep on going - Remain
Faithful, persevere
Rev 2:7, to the one who conquers I will
grant to eat of the tree of life
2:11 ....
Think of:
Biblical or historical examples
of people who remained faithful,
and who persevered in the face
of difficulty or...
John Paton and his wife Mary arrived in the
New Hebrides on November 5th 1858.
The people were as fierce as he had been tol...
Early the next year, Mary bore a
son. Both mother and child came
down with fevers and died. With a
breaking heart, John du...
One of the gifts that Jesus had given him
to sustain him in those days were the
words his wife spoke shortly before here
d...
The first Protestant missionary set foot
on Chinese soil on September 7, 1807.
His name was Robert Morrison. He
was a Scott...
Persevering against the hostility of
official opposition and the resistance of
foreign merchants, Morrison baptized
the firs...
In 2007 it was reported:
At the time of the Communist takeover in
1949, there were roughly 900,000
Protestants. Today, the...
• Sometimes, the going will get tough -
whatever our circumstances, God wants
us to remain faithful to our calling.
• Fait...
• Sometimes, the going will get tough -
whatever our circumstances, God wants
us to remain faithful to our calling.
• Fait...
• Do you trust God, even
if the circumstances, for
a time, seem to
contradict His word?
• Faith is believing God,
rather t...
Many Spirit-filled leaders expect never
to experience times of darkness or
confusion in which they cannot
discover God’s wi...
iv) The Reflective Principle
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iv) The Reflective Principle
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God’s leaders are only as
effective as the quality of
their relationship with
Him
Saturday, 17 August 13
Leaders should not rely on yesterday’s
bread. They need continually to be
coming to God in order to get fresh
material for...
Be still before the Lord and wait
patiently for him
Psalm 37:7
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Be still and know that I am God
Psalm 46:10
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After removing Saul, he made David
their king. He testified concerning him:
‘I have found David son of Jesse a man
after my...
• Exodus 33:7ff
• Isa 40: 27-31
• Psalm 42:1-11
• Mark 1:35ff
• Luke 6:12f
Saturday, 17 August 13
The Need
• Spiritual leadership begins and ends with a
full dependence on God
• Often Christians relegate waiting on God t...
• All God’s leaders should be people who
meet with God regularly
• Waiting on God is not a one-off thing—it
needs to be a ...
• God has made a way for us to come into
His very presence through Jesus: Ephesians
3:12; Hebrews 4:16; Hebrews 10:19–22; ...
What’s important to you?
• Christianity will not seem to work unless
our inner spiritual life is in order.
Therefore, wait...
• What do you think God’s priority for your
use of time is?
• Jesus told Martha (who was very busy
serving Him and complai...
• ‘Waiting on God is not optional, it is an
essential part of every leaders life.
• Seeking God in solitude and silence is...
Farewell, until we meet again...
Saturday, 17 August 13
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The Bridge: Leadership character

  1. 1. The Christological World View of a Leader Saturday, 17 August 13
  2. 2. Leadership like Christ The Call of God The Character of a Leader The Characteristics of a Leader Servanthood Vision and leadership Team ministry Saturday, 17 August 13
  3. 3. Richard Chamberlain Saturday, 17 August 13
  4. 4. Contacting me: http://rdcramblings.com/ richard.ltci@gmail.com +91 9593 816284 Visit my home Facebook Skype: rdc2506 Twitter: @rdcramblings Saturday, 17 August 13
  5. 5. Which biblical references do you think are most important for us in understanding the nature of leadership and how best to exercise leadership in the modern church? Saturday, 17 August 13
  6. 6. 1 Timothy 3:1-13 1Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. 2Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. Saturday, 17 August 13
  7. 7. 4He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect. 5(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?) 6He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil's trap. Saturday, 17 August 13
  8. 8.  8Deacons, likewise, are to be men worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. 9They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. 10They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. Saturday, 17 August 13
  9. 9.  11In the same way, their wives are to be women worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.  12A deacon must be the husband of but one wife and must manage his children and his household well. 13Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus. Saturday, 17 August 13
  10. 10. Using the biblical references as a basis for your answer: Formulate (write) your own (brief) definition of leadership Saturday, 17 August 13
  11. 11. Worth noting and asking, “why is this interesting?” There are many diverse definitions of leadership: Burt Nanus and Warren Bennis report some three hundred and fifty definitions of "leadership" that leadership researchers have generated over the last thirty years Saturday, 17 August 13
  12. 12. J Oswald Sanders, “If those who hold influence over others fail to lead towards the spiritual uplands, then surely the path to the lowlands will be well worn. People travel together; no one lives detached and alone. We dare not take lightly God’s call to leadership in our lives.” Saturday, 17 August 13
  13. 13. Who is this? Saturday, 17 August 13
  14. 14. William Carey laboured for 7 years before his first convert in India. Saturday, 17 August 13
  15. 15. •For six years, the Careys moved from one place to another, seeking employment and a place to get established.  The list of obstacles they encountered is staggering: •The lack of funds - They nearly starved. •The difficulty of the Bengali language. Saturday, 17 August 13
  16. 16. •The defection of Ram Basu, a convert from Thomas’ former time of ministry, who at first had been a great help to them •Opposition of the East India Company, the dominant political force •A flood •A drought •The death of their son, Peter Saturday, 17 August 13
  17. 17. •Six years, without an Indian coming to Jesus after faithful preaching •Criticism of the Home Committee.  “Why aren’t you seeing more fruit?” “Why are you wasting your time in economic employment?” •Two new missionaries who came to help, died soon after they arrived Saturday, 17 August 13
  18. 18. Dorothy, William’s wife, couldn’t take the strain.  She hadn’t wanted to come in the first place.  Culture shock gripped her.  Her sister married an English planter and left their home.  But the death of her son, Peter, was the last straw.  She sank into mental illness, and never recovered. Saturday, 17 August 13
  19. 19. William Carey is considered the father of modern missions - his influence lives on -what we do in church planting and teaching and training at least in part comes out of his obedience in following the great commission. 1793 Appointed missionary to India, 10 January; Arrived in Calcutta, 11 November. Saturday, 17 August 13
  20. 20. Paul to the Corinthian church... We are afflicted in every way... For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh 2 Corinthians 4:7ff Saturday, 17 August 13
  21. 21. “Everything rises and falls on leadership” John Maxwell Saturday, 17 August 13
  22. 22. What leadership is not Adapted from an original idea from Greg Morris Saturday, 17 August 13
  23. 23. • Often the church has taken the world's definition of leadership - position, prestige, perks and privileges - and applied it to Christian leadership - the result is a wrong leadership model and practice • Christian leadership begins and ends in a passionate relationship with Jesus Christ! Saturday, 17 August 13
  24. 24. 1. Leadership is not a position or a title Reverend, doctor, pastor, evangelist.... Leadership is more than a title or name. You live it every day Christian leaders should be certain that their goal is to serve God and others, not to receive the title or honour that comes with leadership. Rehoboam 1Kings 12:6,7,10,16,17 Saturday, 17 August 13
  25. 25. 2. Leadership is not building a personality cult (personal following) Leaders does not get people to follow them, instead they encourage them to walk more closely with the Lord Jesus Christ Absalom 2 Samuel 15 Saturday, 17 August 13
  26. 26. 3. Leadership is not being indispensable Some leaders build followers, while others build leaders. A true leader is seen in the fact that the things must and can go on without him or her. Jesus spent his time training the 12 - when Jesus ascended to heaven then the church exploded Paul trained Timothy his ‘true son’ 1Ti 1:2, 2Tim 1:2 Saturday, 17 August 13
  27. 27. 4. Leadership is not about blaming others Leadership is first and foremost being honest and responsible for the decisions you make or fail to make. And often taking responsibility for mistakes of others you have trained. Adam and Eve in Eden – both looking to blame “someone else” for their failings Saturday, 17 August 13
  28. 28. 5. Leadership is not about privileges Many “leaders” are seen using their position for personal or financial gain. Leaders will not use their position for their own advantage or comfort and should not ask others to do what they are unwilling to do themselves. David with Uriah 2 Samuel 11 Saturday, 17 August 13
  29. 29. 5. Leadership is not about privileges Many “leaders” are seen using their position for personal or financial gain. Leaders will not use their position for their own advantage or comfort and should not ask others to do what they are unwilling to do themselves. David with Uriah 2 Samuel 11 a special right, advantage available only to a particular person or group Saturday, 17 August 13
  30. 30. Only through modelling Christ's example of servanthood will our leadership effectively and strategically shape the future. The best leaders see themselves as servants Saturday, 17 August 13
  31. 31. What are the most important leadership tasks a Christian (church) leader performs? Saturday, 17 August 13
  32. 32. How would you choose a church pastor (leader) - what criteria, skills or other factors would be important? Saturday, 17 August 13
  33. 33. Anointing Ability Wisdom Commitment Faith Bob Gordon Saturday, 17 August 13
  34. 34. The Danger of the world “Whenever I meet a Buddhist leader, I meet a holy man. Whenever I meet a Christian leader, I meet a manager.” Japanese Businessman to a visiting Australian As quoted in 9 Marks of a Healthy Church page 231 Saturday, 17 August 13
  35. 35. Christian congregations and church authorities repeatedly choose leaders based on their occupations, personalities or professional achievements rather than biblical qualifications for leadership. The result? Church congregations remain spiritually immature. False doctrine is taught. Biblical truth is neglected. Pastors are dismissed. Churches split apart... The Leadership Dynamic page 53 Saturday, 17 August 13
  36. 36. Instead of searching for leaders with secular qualifications, we are to search for people of character, reputation, ability to handle the Word, and who display the fruit of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Those are the kind of people we should...commit the responsibility of leading a congregation. 9 Marks of a Healthy Church, Page 231-232 Saturday, 17 August 13
  37. 37. Titus 1:5-9 5 This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you— 6 if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination. 7For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. Saturday, 17 August 13
  38. 38. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, 8but hospitable, a lover of good, self- controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined. 9He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. Saturday, 17 August 13
  39. 39. The Character of a Leader Saturday, 17 August 13
  40. 40. Preliminary Questions Saturday, 17 August 13
  41. 41. •Do you keep your word? •Can people trust you? •Do you finish something you promise to finish and do you do it on time? •If you are told some gossip, what do you do with it? •Matt 12:36 Saturday, 17 August 13
  42. 42. •Have you ever found it difficult under the leadership of another person? •Do you willingly submit to authority? If not, why not? •Eph 5:18-21 http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/ watchman-on-the-wall/40613-was-money-at-the- root-of-sam-hinn-s-rapid-fire-restoration Saturday, 17 August 13
  43. 43. •Have you ever found it difficult under the leadership of another person? •Do you willingly submit to authority? If not, why not? •Eph 5:18-21 http://www.charismanews.com/opinion/ watchman-on-the-wall/40613-was-money-at-the- root-of-sam-hinn-s-rapid-fire-restoration Sam Hinn was the pastor of The Gathering Place in Sanford, FL He issued a letter to his church about an indiscretion (4 year affair) and resigned He submitted to a process of restoration led by pastor Ron Johnson who laid out a 2-year process for him He did not accept this and was recently “re-ordained” by another group of bishops Saturday, 17 August 13
  44. 44. The things that captivate our hearts will dominate our thoughts, and our thoughts will dominate our lives. What is your heart captivated by? Matt 6:21 Saturday, 17 August 13
  45. 45. •Are there any people you have not forgiven or you feel you cannot forgive? Why? Matt 6:14-15 •Do you find it easy to admit that you are wrong? (What does this reveal about yourself?) Matthew 5:21-26 Saturday, 17 August 13
  46. 46. •How do you react when confronted with an ungodly situations or something that appeals to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes or the pride of life? 2 Timothy 2:22 Saturday, 17 August 13
  47. 47. 35 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned." Matthew 12:35-38 Saturday, 17 August 13
  48. 48. 2There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs. Luke 12:2-4 Saturday, 17 August 13
  49. 49. "The main ingredient of good leadership is good character. This is because leadership involves conduct and conduct is determined by values." Norman Schwarzkopf Saturday, 17 August 13
  50. 50. • Godliness is more important than giftedness • Many people have been gifted but have led people into destruction • God develops the heart of a leader producing godly character Saturday, 17 August 13
  51. 51. “Possession of godly character, alone, assures true fruit, lasting influence and durable leadership. No amount of ‘fancy footwork’ or ‘bells and whistles’, ever produce a genuine, godly leader Saturday, 17 August 13
  52. 52. …Although I have no suspicion or criticism to make of any zealous leader’s efforts to seek help from leadership methods or systems, true leadership ultimately is found only at Jesus’ feet and is shaped and kept only in the heart” Jack Hayford Saturday, 17 August 13
  53. 53. Define character: what words might you use to describe it? Saturday, 17 August 13
  54. 54. Character Greek word charakter derived from a word which was used for an embosser or a stamp for making coins. Heb. 1:3 – of Jesus, stamped with the divine nature or character Saturday, 17 August 13
  55. 55. • Character is the action of an individual under pressure. • Character is the seat of one’s moral being • Character is the inner life of a man Saturday, 17 August 13
  56. 56. Circumstances do not determine your character, they reveal it, and become the occasion to refine it. Leadership Dynamic p81 Saturday, 17 August 13
  57. 57. According to Scripture, virtually everything that truly qualifies a person for leadership is directly related to character. It's not about style, status, personal charisma, clout, or worldly measurements of success. Integrity is the main issue that makes the difference between a good leader and a bad one. John MacArthur Saturday, 17 August 13
  58. 58. The following section is adapted from an original by John C. Maxwell Saturday, 17 August 13
  59. 59. 1. Character is about more than just devotion, it involves transformation of / in your life, not simply inspiration Saturday, 17 August 13
  60. 60. "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.“ Abraham Lincoln Saturday, 17 August 13
  61. 61. 2. Character is not what we will be in the future – it is what you are now Saturday, 17 August 13
  62. 62. Character is more than talk • What you do reveals who you are • So your actions and intentions need to be one  • The development of leadership character takes is about God shaping your heart (not just your habits) Saturday, 17 August 13
  63. 63. 3. Character involves how we think, our motives and attitudes, and ultimately our choices - God looks on the heart Saturday, 17 August 13
  64. 64. Character is a choice Many things you do not choose in life – family, upbringing etc We do create our character each time we make a choice or take a decision Saturday, 17 August 13
  65. 65. "In the last analysis, what we are communicates far more eloquently than anything we say or do." Stephen Covey Saturday, 17 August 13
  66. 66. "You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.“ James A. Froude Saturday, 17 August 13
  67. 67. 4. Character is revealed under pressure – how do you act and respond when the heat is on? Saturday, 17 August 13
  68. 68. 4. Character is revealed under pressure – how do you act and respond when the heat is on? Saturday, 17 August 13
  69. 69. How a leader deals with circumstances (or a crisis) reveals his character Consider Saul’s actions in 1Samuel 13:13 Saturday, 17 August 13
  70. 70. 5. Character is not simply knowing how to act. We might know the Bible – we have to live out the principles Saturday, 17 August 13
  71. 71. Character goes beyond obedience to rules. For us it involves the Holy Spirit speaking to our inner man, leading and guiding us Saturday, 17 August 13
  72. 72. 6. Character involves all people whether in or out of the KOG. This includes our families, the church and all people outside of the church that we encounter Saturday, 17 August 13
  73. 73. Character involves transparency before, and accountability to other people. It is not merely a private quest for purity; it is not solely a man-to- his-God humility Saturday, 17 August 13
  74. 74. 7. Character brings lasting success with people Followers trust people with good character – if it is flawed people will not continue to follow you Saturday, 17 August 13
  75. 75. 8. Leaders cannot rise above the character limitations that they have! Saturday, 17 August 13
  76. 76. e.g. King Saul Sometime you see successful people fall apart – why? Their character is not good enough to support their success. Character will sustain you through the stress which comes with success Be sure your sins will find you out! Saturday, 17 August 13
  77. 77. The Importance of Integrity 1. I will practice what I preach 2. I will live what I teach 3. I will be honest with others 4. I will put what is best for others ahead of what is best for me 5. I will be transparent, authentic and vulnerable Adapted from Leadership Dynamics Newsletter Saturday, 17 August 13
  78. 78. The Importance of Integrity 1. I will practice what I preach 2. I will live what I teach 3. I will be honest with others 4. I will put what is best for others ahead of what is best for me 5. I will be transparent, authentic and vulnerable Adapted from Leadership Dynamics Newsletter the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles - the state of being whole and undivided Saturday, 17 August 13
  79. 79. Actions determine your emotions: you don't do what you do because you feel the way you feel, you feel the way you feel because you do what you do! Saturday, 17 August 13
  80. 80. bad character disables the man of God Saturday, 17 August 13
  81. 81. Think of Biblical examples of how poor character inhibited a man / woman of God Saturday, 17 August 13
  82. 82. The following examples are of men of God from the Bible – yet all sinned and so fell short of all the Lord desired for them, or the people under their leadership - because of poor or flawed character Saturday, 17 August 13
  83. 83. Saul 1 Samuel 10" " Anointed king" " Strong and mighty" Great Warrior" " Excellent leader"" Humble" " " Saturday, 17 August 13
  84. 84. 1 Samuel 10" " 1 Samuel 31 Anointed king" " Stripped of the " "(God chose)" Kingdom Strong and mighty" Tried to murder David Great Warrior" " Consulted mediums Excellent leader" " Disloyal to his "" " " own son Humble" " " Committed suicide Major sin – an independent spirit Saturday, 17 August 13
  85. 85. David 1 Samuel 17" " Anointed king" " Mighty warrior" " Great worshipper" Faithful and loyal" Great leader" " Saturday, 17 August 13
  86. 86. 1 Samuel 17" " 2 Samuel 11 Anointed king" " Disloyal to his men Mighty warrior" " Committed adultery Great worshipper" Committed murder Faithful and loyal" Tried to hide his sin Great leader" " Caused judgement to "" " " come on his family Major sin – lust Saturday, 17 August 13
  87. 87. 1 Samuel 17" " 2 Samuel 11 Anointed king" " Disloyal to his men Mighty warrior" " Committed adultery Great worshipper" Committed murder Faithful and loyal" Tried to hide his sin Great leader" " Caused judgement to "" " " come on his family Major sin – lust “...he [God] raised up David to be their king, of whom he testified and said,‘I have found in David the son of Jesse a man after my heart, who will do all my will.’” Saturday, 17 August 13
  88. 88. Solomon 2 Chron. 1:7-12 " Anointed king" " Humble and " " prayerful" Temple builder" " Greatest kingdom" " Great wealth &" " wisdom " " " Saturday, 17 August 13
  89. 89. 2 Chron. 1:7-12 " 1 Kings 11 – Ecc. 1 Anointed king" " Turned his heart from God Humble and " " Worshipped idols prayerful" Temple builder" " Did evil in God’s sight Greatest kingdom" " Kingdom was torn from him Great wealth &" " Became vain and wisdom " " " philosophical Major sin – pride, greed, self confidence, wrong values Saturday, 17 August 13
  90. 90. …and in the New Testament Peter • Matthew 16 • “You are the Christ…” (16) • “Never Lord…” (22) • Matthew 26 • “Even if all fall away…” (33) • “I don’t know the man” (74) Saturday, 17 August 13
  91. 91. Key Thought ‘Sow a thought, reap an act; sow an act, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.’" Charles Swindoll Saturday, 17 August 13
  92. 92. In terms of character our aim is The Fruit of the Spirit • The character qualities which the Holy Spirit seeks to develop in our lives Gal. 5:22,23 • You will not be perfect but should be a good example so people see God in you Saturday, 17 August 13
  93. 93. • Character is shaped by the process of transformation that takes place in you - God will use many different ways and means to shape your character • So for character formation we need to know: • what the Bible says, and, • allow the Holy Spirit to apply those values in your life Saturday, 17 August 13
  94. 94. Simple Principles for developing good character as a man of god how do you develop godly character? Saturday, 17 August 13
  95. 95. i) The In-Out Principle Saturday, 17 August 13
  96. 96. i) The In-Out Principle Saturday, 17 August 13
  97. 97. ii) The Transparency Principle - No Hiding Place Saturday, 17 August 13
  98. 98. ii) The Transparency Principle - No Hiding Place Saturday, 17 August 13
  99. 99. iii) The Principle of Testing Saturday, 17 August 13
  100. 100. iii) The Principle of Testing Saturday, 17 August 13
  101. 101. iv) The Reflective Principle Saturday, 17 August 13
  102. 102. iv) The Reflective Principle Saturday, 17 August 13
  103. 103. God’s leaders are only as effective as the quality of their relationship with Him Saturday, 17 August 13
  104. 104. The challenges involved in Christian leadership are powerful. All areas of your life become exposed and are open for the enemy to attack. Saturday, 17 August 13
  105. 105. i) The In-Out Principle Saturday, 17 August 13
  106. 106. i) The In-Out Principle Saturday, 17 August 13
  107. 107. You are in a Fishbowl Saturday, 17 August 13
  108. 108. You are in a Fishbowl People inspect every area of your life - they see everything that is in the bowl Saturday, 17 August 13
  109. 109. • People will constantly be watching you • Jesus exemplified godliness and holiness to His disciples - his enemies (and disciples) could find no sin in him • Is there hidden sin in your life? Does the Gospel work in your life? Saturday, 17 August 13
  110. 110. • People will constantly be watching you • Jesus exemplified godliness and holiness to His disciples - his enemies (and disciples) could find no sin in him • Is there hidden sin in your life? Saturday, 17 August 13
  111. 111. • Our first tastes of leadership are important – making sure we keep our eyes on the Lord and not on the praise and affirmation of the people • Success may seem to negate the need for obeying God and being dependent on Him - Success is a difficult test to negotiate Saturday, 17 August 13
  112. 112. Make sure you Walk the Way of Holiness • All leaders need to work towards the place where they do not love the world or anything in it • God and his will should be the prime concern of their lives • 1 John 2:15–17 Saturday, 17 August 13
  113. 113. What are the greatest temptations in society today? Are the temptations faced by leaders different to those of the people they serve in the church? Saturday, 17 August 13
  114. 114. Do not Love the World • Leaders should live a life where the things of the world cannot get a hold of our lives • Money, Sex and Power… • This often takes a great deal of preparation of life - it involves leaving our way and going God’s way Saturday, 17 August 13
  115. 115. • Our relationship with God should take priority over everything else • Essential in order to be able to distinguish good from evil • Hebrews 5:14; Matthew 5:48; Ephesians 1:4; 1 Timothy 6:11 Saturday, 17 August 13
  116. 116. Control your environment • A bad environment does not necessarily hinder a person’s spiritual growth in God. • Evil can become a catalyst for seeking the Lord and developing a godly character Saturday, 17 August 13
  117. 117. • Most environments today have much that is sinful within them. • Leaders need to set the example of how to live in such a world and yet not sin. • 1 John 4:4; 1 John 5:4,5 Saturday, 17 August 13
  118. 118. • Most environments today have much that is sinful within them. • Leaders need to set the example of how to live in such a world and yet not sin. • 1 John 4:4; 1 John 5:4,5 4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world... 4 For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world —our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? Saturday, 17 August 13
  119. 119. Resist Sin • The more you resist sin and choose to go God’s way, the more the fruit of the Spirit will be evident in your life • Heb 12:4 Saturday, 17 August 13
  120. 120. iii) The Principle of Testing Saturday, 17 August 13
  121. 121. iii) The Principle of Testing Saturday, 17 August 13
  122. 122. Tests, Trials and Temptations Saturday, 17 August 13
  123. 123. • Are designed by God to improve the quality and genuineness of our walk with Him – Joseph, can you walk with God in the ‘darkness’ • They humble, teach and discipline • They refine us Saturday, 17 August 13
  124. 124. • Throw us on the Lord and teach us to be dependent on Him – Abraham having Isaac • They develop perseverance/ overcomer spirit in us • They strengthen our faith Saturday, 17 August 13
  125. 125. • Refine or purify us spiritually – Samuel walked with the Lord in a corrupt situation • Tests establish the pattern of our future decisions Saturday, 17 August 13
  126. 126. • Show us what is real and what is not – Peter happy to confess Jesus, follow anywhere, then comes denial! • The foundation was tested and what could be shaken taken away Saturday, 17 August 13
  127. 127. • Show us what is of God and what is not – Elijah facing Ahab & Jezebel, discouragement brought unreality 1Kings 19:10 Saturday, 17 August 13
  128. 128. • Assess and examine our inner attitudes and sources of motivation – fear of man Pr 29:25 Saturday, 17 August 13
  129. 129. • Reveal to us our weaknesses and limitations so that we can depend on God more – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 • Tests show us what we are really like Saturday, 17 August 13
  130. 130. Tests are part of God’s work in preparing our lives to receive the good things God desires to give us Through tests God works into the leaders certain necessary experiences of life which will enable them to understand and help other people in ministry • 2 Corinthians 1:4, Hebrews 4:15 Saturday, 17 August 13
  131. 131. • Leaders need strong, godly character in order to withstand trials, persecutions and temptation • Gifts and abilities are not enough to make any ministry ultimately successful • But remember that simply having good character does not mean a person should be a leader. Saturday, 17 August 13
  132. 132. ‘Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.’ James 1:2–4 Saturday, 17 August 13
  133. 133. Specific Tests of Leadership adapted from original work by Frank Damazio Saturday, 17 August 13
  134. 134. The Time Test …the portion of a leader’s ministry in which God does not seem, at least by all outward appearances, to be fulfilling the word that was given to a leader in the past. Saturday, 17 August 13
  135. 135. The Time Test …the portion of a leader’s ministry in which God does not seem, at least by all outward appearances, to be fulfilling the word that was given to a leader in the past. Do you know how to pray in faith for something God has said - and then to wait upon God for his time, and his way, of fulfillment? Saturday, 17 August 13
  136. 136. •Purpose –Opportunity to grow in faith –Purification of the leader’s motives and attitudes –God to prove Himself to be a miracle- working and faithful God Saturday, 17 August 13
  137. 137. •Example –Abraham –75 when left Haran Gen 12:1-9 –100 when promise fulfilled Gen 17:1; 18:10 Saturday, 17 August 13
  138. 138. The Word Test …the experience of contradictory circumstances in relation to the written or quickened Word of God to a leader Not being able to understand how the known will of the Lord is presently coming to pass in his life, God purposely allows contrary situations in a leader’s life and ministry Saturday, 17 August 13
  139. 139. The Word Test …the experience of contradictory circumstances in relation to the written or quickened Word of God to a leader Not being able to understand how the known will of the Lord is presently coming to pass in his life, God purposely allows contrary situations in a leader’s life and ministry How do you respond when things are “going wrong” - do you doubt God’s word to you? Saturday, 17 August 13
  140. 140. •Joseph - favourite son of Jacob –At 17 years of age, he received a word from the Lord in the form of two dreams (37:5-11) –The events that followed: •Sold •Seduced •Hopes dashed Saturday, 17 August 13
  141. 141. •Purpose • Cause the leader not to depend upon his own resources • Motivate a leader to depend solely on God’s strength • Brings a greater influence upon more people at the end of the experience Saturday, 17 August 13
  142. 142. The Character Test …when a leader is surrounded by ungodliness that attempts to pull him in its direction And, also when a leader is tempted to sin in the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, or the pride of life Saturday, 17 August 13
  143. 143. The Character Test …when a leader is surrounded by ungodliness that attempts to pull him in its direction And, also when a leader is tempted to sin in the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, or the pride of life Do you give in to temptation? Are you a ‘different person’ when talking to non-believers, to poor people, to pastors...? Saturday, 17 August 13
  144. 144. •Samuel • born into a corrupt situation • Eli was a corrupt high priest and did not discipline his sons • Samuel was a very young boy in the midst of a corrupt priesthood yet he worshipped God and kept himself from sin Saturday, 17 August 13
  145. 145. •Purpose –In order to develop positive character qualities (e.g. fruit of HS), God puts His leaders in difficult places so that they will stand strong in Him –Show the leader the different areas of weakness –Motivate a leader to stand up boldly against the powers of darkness around him Saturday, 17 August 13
  146. 146. The Motivation Test …a heavenly examination during which God exposes to the leader what are the real inward and outward forces that are controlling the making of his decisions Saturday, 17 August 13
  147. 147. The Motivation Test …a heavenly examination during which God exposes to the leader what are the real inward and outward forces that are controlling the making of his decisions In using your gifts how often do you get some of the glory - do your illustrations make you look good to others? Saturday, 17 August 13
  148. 148. Balaam - Num 22-24 Balak the king of Moab, had seen how Israel had defeated all of her enemies in the land, and, feared that his nation would also be destroyed Asked the prophet to curse the Israelite nation - Incentive / motivation - Money Saturday, 17 August 13
  149. 149. Balaam told Balak that the Lord had told him not to go with his elders nor to curse the people of Israel Balak kept on pressing: more distinguished representatives - the bribe seems to keep increasing 22:7; 15; 17  Balaam said he could only speak what the Lord told him to Balaam failed this test Saturday, 17 August 13
  150. 150. Purpose To purify desires and intentions God arranges situations in order that a leader’s true priorities are revealed What motivates him on the inside may be different than what seems to motivate him on the outside Saturday, 17 August 13
  151. 151. The Servant Test …when a man is asked to do menial tasks that seem below his high calling in God The servant test reveals whether a ministers motivation is to help and to serve, or whether it is to be in the public’s eye and to be served Saturday, 17 August 13
  152. 152. The Servant Test …when a man is asked to do menial tasks that seem below his high calling in God The servant test reveals whether a ministers motivation is to help and to serve, or whether it is to be in the public’s eye and to be served Do you only do the servant job when you know it will be noticed? Saturday, 17 August 13
  153. 153. Elisha When Elijah found Elisha he was ploughing in the field with 12 yoke of oxen (1 Kings 19:21) Was that the proper place for a man called to be a prophet over all of Israel? 2 Kings 3:11 “Elisha, the son of Shaphat, is here, who used to pour water on the hands of Elijah” Saturday, 17 August 13
  154. 154. Purpose To reveal true motivation for service To teach those that may be called by God what it feels like to do different jobs in the local church Saturday, 17 August 13
  155. 155. ii) The Transparency Principle - No Hiding Place Saturday, 17 August 13
  156. 156. ii) The Transparency Principle - No Hiding Place Saturday, 17 August 13
  157. 157. Maintain A Clear Conscience • Our conscience is God’s alarm bell which goes off when we cross some boundary that we know we shouldn’t • Our conscience needs to be trained by God’s Word Saturday, 17 August 13
  158. 158. Maintain A Clear Conscience • Our conscience is God’s alarm bell which goes off when we cross some boundary that we know we shouldn’t • Our conscience needs to be trained by God’s Word a person's moral sense of right and wrong, seen to act as a guide to one's behaviour Saturday, 17 August 13
  159. 159. • If your conscience is troubling you, seek God and put it right asap (repent/confession 1Jn 1:7–9) • A leader must maintain a clear conscience towards others by ridding himself of all hatred, anger, jealousy, bitterness, and unforgiveness Saturday, 17 August 13
  160. 160. Every day you should Deny your Self • Leaders need to learn to live out Luke 9:23 • Establish and live according to the priorities the Lord has given you (do not live out someone else's ministry) • This does not mean running around after people and never having time with family or with the Lord. Saturday, 17 August 13
  161. 161. Saturday, 17 August 13
  162. 162. “The first lesson in Christ's school is self-denial.” Matthew Henry Saturday, 17 August 13
  163. 163. “The first lesson in Christ's school is self-denial.” Matthew Henry Saturday, 17 August 13
  164. 164. I have now concentrated all my prayers into one, and that one prayer is this, that I may die to self, and live wholly to Him. CH Spurgeon Saturday, 17 August 13
  165. 165. • Leaders need to conquer their self-will, and trust God and do whatever He asks them to do (hard as leaders are often go-getters / achievers) • God will ask us, at times, to give up good things like natural abilities or promises • Self-discipline is especially important for your mind. Rom 12:1,2; Eph 4:22–24 Saturday, 17 August 13
  166. 166. Keep on going - Remain Faithful, persevere Rev 2:7, to the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life 2:11 ...will not be hurt by the second death 2:17 ...I will give some of the hidden manna 2:26...i will give authority over nations Saturday, 17 August 13
  167. 167. Think of: Biblical or historical examples of people who remained faithful, and who persevered in the face of difficulty or adversity Is there something you see in their life that helped them overcome? Saturday, 17 August 13
  168. 168. John Paton and his wife Mary arrived in the New Hebrides on November 5th 1858. The people were as fierce as he had been told. Cannibal celebrations took place in sight of the Patons' home and human blood fouled the drinking water. The natives frightened Joseph Copeland so much that he lost his wits and died; they continually threatened John. Time and again they lifted their guns to shoot him, or raised their axes to bash him in the head, but always they held back as if restrained by a greater power. Saturday, 17 August 13
  169. 169. Early the next year, Mary bore a son. Both mother and child came down with fevers and died. With a breaking heart, John dug their grave and laid them in it. Later he said, "But for Jesus, and the fellowship He vouchsafed me there, I must have gone mad and died beside that lonely grave!" Saturday, 17 August 13
  170. 170. One of the gifts that Jesus had given him to sustain him in those days were the words his wife spoke shortly before here death…She did not murmur against God, or resent her husband bringing her there. Rather she spoke these incredible words— and you find them again and again where the Bible has sunk into the heart—"I do not regret leaving home and friends. If I had it to do over, I would do it with more pleasure, yes, with all my heart" Saturday, 17 August 13
  171. 171. The first Protestant missionary set foot on Chinese soil on September 7, 1807. His name was Robert Morrison. He was a Scottish Presbyterian, and except for one furlough, he spent the next 27 years in China. Saturday, 17 August 13
  172. 172. Persevering against the hostility of official opposition and the resistance of foreign merchants, Morrison baptized the first Chinese Protestant Christian, Cai Gao, on July 16, 1814. After the baptism of Cai Gao, Morrison wrote prophetically in his journal, “May he be the first-fruits of a great harvest, one of millions who shall come and be saved on the day of wrath to come." Saturday, 17 August 13
  173. 173. In 2007 it was reported: At the time of the Communist takeover in 1949, there were roughly 900,000 Protestants. Today, the Center for the Study of Global Christianity... says there are 111 million Christians in China, roughly 90% Protestant and mostly Pentecostal. That would make China the third-largest Christian country on earth, following only the USAand Brazil. Saturday, 17 August 13
  174. 174. • Sometimes, the going will get tough - whatever our circumstances, God wants us to remain faithful to our calling. • Faithfulness comes as a result of knowing God, who is always faithful, Heb. 13:8, Isaiah 55:11 Saturday, 17 August 13
  175. 175. • Sometimes, the going will get tough - whatever our circumstances, God wants us to remain faithful to our calling. • Faithfulness comes as a result of knowing God, who is always faithful, Heb. 13:8, Isaiah 55:11 Saturday, 17 August 13
  176. 176. • Do you trust God, even if the circumstances, for a time, seem to contradict His word? • Faith is believing God, rather than what we see or feel Hebrews 11:1,6 Saturday, 17 August 13
  177. 177. Many Spirit-filled leaders expect never to experience times of darkness or confusion in which they cannot discover God’s will, unless they fall into sin. God, on occasions, purposefully allows us to go through tough times. Bob Gordon Saturday, 17 August 13
  178. 178. iv) The Reflective Principle Saturday, 17 August 13
  179. 179. iv) The Reflective Principle Saturday, 17 August 13
  180. 180. God’s leaders are only as effective as the quality of their relationship with Him Saturday, 17 August 13
  181. 181. Leaders should not rely on yesterday’s bread. They need continually to be coming to God in order to get fresh material for their own delighting in God - and for those they lead Saturday, 17 August 13
  182. 182. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him Psalm 37:7 Saturday, 17 August 13
  183. 183. Be still and know that I am God Psalm 46:10 Saturday, 17 August 13
  184. 184. After removing Saul, he made David their king. He testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ Acts 13:22 Saturday, 17 August 13
  185. 185. • Exodus 33:7ff • Isa 40: 27-31 • Psalm 42:1-11 • Mark 1:35ff • Luke 6:12f Saturday, 17 August 13
  186. 186. The Need • Spiritual leadership begins and ends with a full dependence on God • Often Christians relegate waiting on God to times of stress and difficulty • Others try everything but waiting on God in order to find fulfillment, success and purpose in life • God wants us to be available to hear his voice Saturday, 17 August 13
  187. 187. • All God’s leaders should be people who meet with God regularly • Waiting on God is not a one-off thing—it needs to be a daily discipline • Many Christian leaders feel that their lives are too busy to do this Saturday, 17 August 13
  188. 188. • God has made a way for us to come into His very presence through Jesus: Ephesians 3:12; Hebrews 4:16; Hebrews 10:19–22; 1 John 3:21,22 • God wants us to come to Him and to develop our relationship with Him. • ‘Come near to God and he will come near to you.’ James 4:8 Saturday, 17 August 13
  189. 189. What’s important to you? • Christianity will not seem to work unless our inner spiritual life is in order. Therefore, waiting on God needs to be our first priority of life as a Christian • Most people spend most time and energy attaining possessions, position, friends, a good family life etc. • The greatest commandment - Luke 10:27 Saturday, 17 August 13
  190. 190. • What do you think God’s priority for your use of time is? • Jesus told Martha (who was very busy serving Him and complaining that her sister Mary was doing nothing to help) that Mary chose the better thing because she sat at His feet and was listening to Him (Luke 10:38–42). Saturday, 17 August 13
  191. 191. • ‘Waiting on God is not optional, it is an essential part of every leaders life. • Seeking God in solitude and silence is not a lazy alternative to doing something more fruitful for God nor is it unproductive, it is the foundation upon which we should build our lives and our service for God Saturday, 17 August 13
  192. 192. Farewell, until we meet again... Saturday, 17 August 13

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