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‘But Moses fled…’ (Exodus 2:15)

Great men are shaped by great pain brought on by a great God for His great name.

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Jeff Vanderstelt at this year’s Verge conference:

“At Soma we act upon the assumption that every saint is a full-time paid staff member to do the work of ministry. It doesn’t matter whether the check we receive has our church’s name in the upper left hand corner, or Microsoft, Boeing, etc. Wherever the check comes from, it is God’s channel of bringing his resources into your life to enable you to do your full time ministry as God’s sent one.

A critical question we must ask is, ‘Have we structured so that everybody becomes a ‘carrier’ of Jesus and see all of life as the ministry they are called to?’ The most effective carrier of discipleship is not an event. It is doing life together.

No one gets equipped in meetings. We may get informed, motivated, etc., but equipping requires us to be doing, not just hearing. We must live life together in community or we cannot equip each other. How do we know if a man is faithful? (2 Tim. 2:2) We know that only if we are doing life together.

We do not put on a lot of events that extract people from life…instead we equip for life with one another. Unless we call people to focus on mission, they will ultimately become internalized and segregated from the world. We must reorient our whole lives around reaching out to people. Do whatever it takes to be a missionary to a particular people group.

When we started Soma, it was not about a big launch service. We launched people and commissioned them to start their own groups. Each leader has an apprentice. Those who lead small flocks well are those who become entrusted elders of the congregation.”

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From Seth Godin – when change happens, leaders:

Comfort the frightened, coach the clueless and teach the uninformed.

Read the rest here.

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I’m finding that more and more of my time is being spent leading leaders. The health and hope of our church in following Jesus hinges in large part on the discovery and development of those who will lead us in our personal and corporate journey of discipleship.

One observation – most leaders struggle and fail to lead others because of a failure to lead themselves. Dave Kraft, leadership pastor at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, encourages leaders to spend 50% of their ‘leadership time’ focused on themselves. I completely agree and pass on these areas of self-focus that he suggests:

Here are a few areas to consider that are consistent with 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 as you reflect on leading yourself.

  1. My gifts. How am I doing at leading myself to know my gifts, stay within my limits, and develop those gifts to their highest, God-pleasing potential?
  2. My character. How am I doing at leading myself to be a person of integrity who follows through on promises made and is a person that others can trust?
  3. My purity. How am I doing at being careful of what my eyes see, my ears hear, and my mind thinks about? How are my relationships with members of the opposite sex? Do I have guidelines, safeguards, and appropriate and honest accountability?
  4. My pride. How am I doing at keeping Christ at the center? Am I the hero of my own stories? Do the words I speak communicate an attitude of arrogance and superiority, or am I characterized by humility and teachability?
  5. My pace. How am I doing at leading myself in the use of my time? Is my schedule writing checks my body can’t cash? Am I going at an unbalanced pace that is digging myself, and those whom I lead, an early grave? Do I have a biblical view of work and leisure, or am I a workaholic who gets a sense of self-worth based on my work?
  6. My finances. How am I doing at leading myself in the money arena? Do I have healthy protection and checks and balances built-in regarding organizational funds that don’t belong to me? Are there healthy audits over all financial dealing with which I am associated? Do I resist the lusting and grabbing lifestyle of my culture, choosing instead to be content and satisfied with God’s provision? Or is my happiness at the door of the next purchase?
  • My anger. How am I doing at leading myself emotionally? Do I have a reputation for being a hothead and having a short fuse? Do I keep score regarding perceived slights, insults, and put-downs? Do resentment, bitterness, and lack of forgiveness characterize me? One survey I came across revealed that bitterness is the major cause of burnout for men between 38 and 50 years of age.
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    This is what you should expect from your leaders at Christ Church (elders, deacons, staff, community group leaders):

    • That they see their leadership as part of who they are in Jesus, not simply a job that can be set aside or treated lightly;
    • That they serve – not out of duty but delight (Hebrews 13:17)

    This is what you should expect from us – so pray that God would make this true for each of us who lead.

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    From Seth Godin:

    Laziness in a white collar job has nothing to do with avoiding hard physical labor. “Who wants to help me move this box!” Instead, it has to do with avoiding difficult (and apparently risky) intellectual labor.

    “Honey, how was your day?”

    “Oh, I was busy, incredibly busy.”

    “I get that you were busy. But did you do anything important?”

    Busy does not equal important.

    Read the rest of the post here – and pick up a copy of Godin’s new book, Linchpin.

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    Leadership

    A couple of thoughts that I sent out to the men who are considering whether or not they should lead a community group this fall:

    • I want you to want to lead – the realities of a broken world should cause deep dissatisfaction with the status quo and a growing desire to do something about it.
    • There are seasons where leading is unwise…what becomes more common is that we rely on our own strength and cease to be men. Men lead…we’re created by God to build, dream, learn, fight and follow. So what are you dreaming about? What are you learning? What are you building and fighting for? Who are you following? If that sounds like I’m challenging your manhood, it’s only because I love you and the only reason you could feel threatened is if you’re drawing a blank on those questions.
    • Leadership isn’t complicated – Find a broken part of the world that breaks your heart. Go do something about it. Clarity and conviction are gifts from God – so if you find either of those in short supply, ask and watch God show up.

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