People Helping people Through Christianity
As a leader, Follower, and Christian, your success will depend on your ability to adapt Christ‘s message within yours and other’s lives. The amount of success you achieve depends entirely on the time, effort and ability you devote to putting into action through your involvement, in that adapted message. It is up to YOU.
Have you ever observed a weak, declining organization teetering on the brink of disbandment? Then a new leader arrived, and everything changed dramatically. Perhaps you have been a part of such an experience. You may have had little hope for the survival of your organization. Then along came a leader who mobilized people into action, and you were astounded at the difference. Results previous leaders had failed to achieve in ten years, the new leader accomplished in six months!
What happened? Was this not the same collection of people with identical problems and limitations? How did it languish under one leader and flourish under another? The difference had little to do with the problems or the limitations. It had everything to do with good leadership. The fact is, some leaders are successful no matter what challenge they take on, while others suffer chronic failure and mediocrity. All organizations have potential for growth and success; the key is effective leadership.
In the years following the close of World War II one of the most significant factors in the life of the Church has been the emergence of the minister/priest/pastor as a resource for persons experiencing difficulty. While it would be obviously incorrect to imply that prior to this time there was no effective pastoral care, it is evident that today far more people turn to the minister in time of trouble; and indications are that this number if steadily increasing. Every minister can document the statement that requests for his help and time are not only more numerous, but also more varied as he finds himself involved in the tangled lives of his membership as well as of those who have no overt relationship to the church.
From the standpoint of the minister, this condition presents both opportunity and difficulty, The opportunity lies in the doors that are opened into the lives of all sorts and conditions of men – opportunity to bring the resource of the Gospel to bear on the day-today problems that beset all people, to demonstrate that faith is concerned with “then and there,” but also with “hear and now.” This is an opportunity welcomed by ministers who otherwise might tend to feel what they say and do appears irrelevant to the average person caught up in the struggles of living.
The difficulty, however, is no less real than the opportunity. It is one thing to have access to the life of another, to be sought after for help, and to be invited into the private distresses which bid fair to overwhelm; but is is another thing to be able to provide the kind of help that is genuine, that truly meets the person where he is, that is effective in enabling the person to meet whatever situation confronts him. And all of this comes at a time when he is also expected to be a business executive (running a successful religious institution) and a more effective preacher.
What, then, is the minister to do? To such a question there can be no absolute answer; but there are options and guidelines which are of value. This is where the “Christian Leader” can be of help.
To overlook the opportunity too provide this support is to ignore the power of God working through his servants. But to minimize the difficulty is to deal superficially with life, and to place into jeopardy the heavenly future of those whose past has already become complicated by the realities of our modern world.
First in importance is an accurate assessment of his own resources and skills in dealing with the distresses of life. By the very nature of things, such a task is never ending. Formal training, increased experience, and continued study and reflection make for a steady expansion of the trainers ability to be of genuine help in time of trouble. While it is true that mere passage of time does not automatically provide greater resourcefulness it is certain that only time can bring the maturity which is needed to meet the increased burdens of life.
The second general guideline which is of value in answering the question is the Leaders knowledge of the resources available to him. As he/she assesses his own resources, they see the need for joining hands with others whose experiences and skills have prepared them to deal with problems which are beyond the individual leaders competence. But knowledge of these resources is only part of the picture. In addition, there must be an understanding of what is involved in a valid use of this knowledge. This would include an approach to the resources, professions, agencies and God who would be involved and the enabling of the leader to avail themself of the services provided.
The Bible has much to say to leaders. We have examined the Scriptures, and we have scrutinized the lives of effective leaders in light of God’s Word. It is to consideration of these issues that attention is given in the following lessons.
- Why you should be a Christian Leader. (georgehachmyblog.wordpress.com)
- …Answers (georgehach.wordpress.com)
- Come share in this love. Let’s be Christian leaders. (georgehach.wordpress.com)