I am currently reading "The Top Ten Leadership Commandments" by Hans Finzel and I want to share this quote with you:
"Lead to Leave. If you are just starting out as a Leader, then it is your world to lead. If you’re a seasoned Leader like me, then take up the charge of leading to leave. Whatever your age, you can pour yourself into the new young Leaders coming up behind you. However, we boomers are approaching our sunset years of leadership, and the sun is just rising for you younger Leaders. There are lessons to be learned from older Leaders like Moses, lessons that can help emerging Leaders lead for the long haul. I don’t expect those of you in the next generation to lead the same way I’ve led, but I do expect you to want to finish well as you head for your own finish line."
I am only just getting into this book; it appears to be very pertinent to our situation so I am making an early recommendation. The old adage ‘Leaders are readers,’ rings true, so if you are in the sunrise, or the sunset, years of leadership give this book a go (You can start reading this book for free: http://amzn.asia/bhUkIvK).
This book is based on Moses’ model of leadership.
The Old Testament claims that Moses was the most humble man on earth (Num. 12:3).
Our Primary Example
That said, our primary example of leadership is Jesus, the personification of humility.
Our primary text is the Bible and as I continue to study the Bible, especially as it relates to leadership, I can’t help but notice how many places the issue of humility pops up - 2 Cor. 12:7–10, 1 Tim. 1:15–16, Eph. 4:2, Phil. 2:3, Col. 3:12–13, 1 Peter 5:1–4.
Last week we began the final chapter of 1st Peter. 1st Peter 5.1-7, is one of those great servant leadership passages that speak eloquently about how to be a Leader in God’s Church. In it, Peter gives a personal plea to Leaders; his plea is to lead God’s flock willingly, eagerly, and by their own example. All of us must live in humility towards each other and towards God, who opposes the proud.
In humility, we cast our anxieties on the Father who cares for us.
Honouring The Past
We honour the past by ensuring the future. Nowhere is this truer than in the God’s Church.
Last week we literally filled the generation gap. We had eighty-two people gather for worship, twenty five percent of which were children.
“One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts (Psalm 145.3).
Ensuring The Future
Leaders in God’s Church don’t gather followers; they train, equip and hand over to the emerging generation of Leaders. I am very excited about the future.
Bright new Leaders have, and are, emerging in our church.
Biblical Leadership is not about clinging to a position, but paving the way for future Leaders. The current generation of Leaders has a torch to pass. In the time I have left as a Leader my number one priority is developing new Leaders.
The next generation is ready to either step up or step out.
We either help them up, or watch as they step out.
Grace, Peace and Love,
Developing Emerging Leaders
Developing emerging Leaders by providing opportunity to build relationships, engage in transformative learning opportunities and be mentored by experienced Leaders.
Beginning a Church Planting Movement along the growth corridor of the Northern Gold Coast. Whether it’s a new start (church plant), a restart (church renewal) developing start up skills, and connecting with other starts ups.
Our vision is in alignment with two of the highest agreed priorities formed at Synod 2014 Open Space Gathering.