One of the things that was admirable about Jesus’ leadership is that he never had an office. His objective was to minister to the integral man and for that he had to know their needs and live with them, so too our office should only be our war room to fight in prayer for our people.
Someone will follow a leader if they trust him. “How can someone trust you with his life and his problems if they don’t know you?”
The world in which our people live is increasingly hostile. If we add to that a system designed to destroy families that live as prisoners of a system that drains their lives, where parents work long hours and children grow up alone due to their absence, maybe this is why our youth are injured and they live with a lack of love. It is the number one reason why many of them succumb to drugs, alcohol, and crime. They seek to fill a void. They urgently need help! As leaders, we must begin to live with our people who are not so in need of a theologically correct sermon but of a spiritual father to guide them and embrace them with the love of Jesus.
As leaders, we must begin to live with our people who are not so in need of a theologically correct sermon but of a spiritual father to guide them and embrace them with the love of Jesus.
We cannot develop a burden for the community without being in contact with it and without knowing its needs. Our neighborhoods have undergone notable changes in the last decade due to open borders. Demographic growth has been dramatic, and our communities are no longer clearly Anglo. They are multicultural. Change will be inevitable.
The question is, as leaders, are we ready for change? This will require a drastic change in how we do church.
We must seriously think that our churches will be multicultural, in several languages, but for this to happen we will have to leave our offices and look around us and realize that while our congregations inside the building are dying due to lack of vision, others outside are lost because they are not our concern.
Visionary leadership would see clearly that in a changing society, the future God desires is a multicultural church.
We cannot develop a burden for the community without being in contact with it and without knowing its needs.
What kind of leaders do we need for change?
We need leaders:
- With a high level of motivation to handle changes. Everything is in transition and changes are coming and we have to be ready to handle them.
- Who are willing to learn new skills, because culture is changing.
- Who have the ability to involve others. It is an organization of leaders, not with the leader.
- Who have the ability to share control and power, because our abilities are limited. Moses needed Aaron to get the people out of Egypt. It’s good that we can’t do everything alone. God always makes sure that you can’t do it alone, and He will always give us some defect so that we depend on others. Your defects are someone else’s work. So, maybe let’s call it divine flaws.
God needs people who see the world through His eyes, like sheep without a shepherd. God wants to do something and that makes you necessary.
Finally, it is not office leaders that God needs to make a difference in a changing world. It is visionary leaders that God needs. God needs people who see the world through His eyes, like sheep without a shepherd. God wants to do something and that makes you necessary.
Leadership is finding something to live for. Sacrificing yourself is giving yourself to the service of others. Jesus is my example.
We are here to help
We have free resources to help you develop your Community, Church, and Candidate Profiles. We offer free demographic reports, tools to help you exegete your community, Next Step Guides to help you identify and communicate your church’s unique DNA, and resources to help you develop interview practices and questions to explore the how’s and why’s of a candidate’s ministry impact.