Monday, October 20, 2008
Leadership is a scary. Leadership is not about looking cool, building your resume or making yourself big. If that’s your goals, you’re proud and you need to repent. Leadership at its beginning is a heart thing.
We read in James 3:1 “Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness.” Scared? Jesus in Matthew 23:15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.” How about now?
Why is that? Because leadership is responsibility. It is standing up and saying to God I’ll be responsible for them. They will have to stand before God for their choices, actions, and faith. But you will have to stand before God and say I pointed them to you, I taught them faithfully as best I could, shared with them, i encouraged them to pray, I prayed for them, I comforted them, as best I could with your spirit guiding and empowering I loved them as you have loved me,.
More so, as you grow as a leader, as your sphere of influence increases, so does your responsibility. It is one thing for you “go off the rails” if another to derail a train of many passengers.
What deep and godly joy it is to know that your ministry has not derailed but guided and equipped and pointed may to their heavenly destination.
Luke 12:33b Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.
Establishing early a clear purpose for the group is crucial. Purpose results in focus and direction in planning and acts as a guide for correction as time progresses (as the ministry evolves or devolves).
Ministry is not a static or stagnant entity. Ministry involves people and involves God both of which are to say the least dynamic. This may be that the content, form, and targets change with time, however purpose should never be compromised.
- love God, honour God, glorify God, honour His scriptures, prayer, spirit, worship
- love people, reach (missions), provide for needs (lead them to God, emotional, physical, spiritual means), meet them where they are at and help them to move to the next step in their growth and life with God
- The purpose of ‘Group A’ is to be involved in the life of those aged 15-20, through relationship, bible study, and active discipleship to love God, and to love people.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
What do you think about in the quiet time? Do you know the time I mean? For not all people ever experience that time, some do not try, and some sadder still do not know of what I speak. That time where the busyness ceases, the noises quiet and the obligation is stilled.
Like a child along a forest path. The silly songs that only children sing make so hard to hear the nesting birds. The skipping footsteps and kicking small stones make the ferns move too fast to see. The bright back pack makes the flowers look so dull. Now, as the path joins the pond, the picture changes. The song is not so interesting the twelfth time through, the stone is lost, and although the bag once trendy and exciting now just feels heavy and burdensome. As the boy looks into the pond, he stops. Not sure as to why it’s drawn him. His stone skips three times. As the ripples cease, an image comes clear, a reflection, a small boy. Different to himself, this boy’s shirt is untucked and ruffled, and his cheek is covered in dirt. He then sees below, that this pond is not as boring as he once would have thought. A small school of fish dart away, as a tiny lizard slides into the water pushing the lilies aside. He hadn’t noticed them till then. Tucking his shirt in he reached in his pocket for a snack, but there was none. Distracted by his now demanding hunger he misses the lizard snatch its pray and hurry off. Now curious, he stares into the water, and sits.
When we actually get to thinking there are common threads. A popular thought is the how and why of life, which subsequently leads to the how and when of death, (some then venture to what is subsequent to that but most stop there). Then there are relationships (do I love her? do I not? what is love anyway?). After that is government, church, work, play and of course the weather.
All of this is rather common and generally people think about all these things. They may pretend that they don’t, they may try to distract themselves, but deep down people think. The problem is that thinking sometimes gets your into trouble. Sometimes, it may mean that you may have to change how you see the world or worse still how you live. Often, at the first sign of trouble, people stop. The train of thought ends are a place where if taken to its logical conclusion is not at all what they would like, but they stop none the less.
When you step back and ponder, I mean really take the time to think, it’s not at all surprising that things are the way they are.