The Christian Leader’s Task

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The Christian Leader’s Task
Christian Leadership is moving people on to God‘s agenda.

The Christian Leader’s task is to move people from where they are to where God wants them to be.  Once Christian leaders understand God’s will, they make every effort to move their followers from following their own agendas to pursuing God’s purposes.  People who fail to move people on to God’s agenda have not led.  They will not have led unless their people have adjusted their lives to God’s will.  When Christian leaders have done their jobs, the people around them have encountered God and obeyed his will.

Christian Leaders depend on the Holy Spirit.  Christian leaders work within a paradox, for God calls them to do something that, in fact, only God can do.  Ultimately, Christian leaders cannot produce spiritual change in people; only the Holy Spirit can accomplish this.  Yet the Spirit often uses people to bring about spiritual growth in others.  Leaders seek to move people on to God’s plan, all the while being aware that only the Holy Spirit can ultimately accomplish the task.

Christian leaders are accountable to God.  Christian leadership necessitates an acute sense of accountability.  Leaders don’t make excuses.  They assume their responsibility is to move people to do God’s will.  Until they do this, they have not yet fulfilled their role as leaders.

Christian leaders can influence all people, not just Christians.  God is on a mission at the local factory as well as at the local church.  His plan applies in the marketplace as well as at the local church.  His plan applies in the marketplace as well as the meeting place.  God can also use them to exert significant godly influence upon unbelievers.  History is replete with examples of Christian men and women exerting Christian leadership upon secular society.  Christian leadership occurs down the middle of everyday life.

Christian Leaders work from God’s plan.  The greatest obstacle to effective Christian leadership is people pursuing their own plans rather than seeking God’s will.  God is working throughout the world to achieve his purposes and to advance his kingdom.  God’s concern is not to advance leaders’ dreams and goals or to build their kingdoms. His purpose is to turn his people away from their self-centeredness and their sinful desires and to draw them into a relationship with himself.

Too often, people assume that along with the role of leader comes the responsibility of determining what should be done.  They develop aggressive goals.  They dream grandiose dreams.  They cast grand visions.  Then they pray and ask God to join them in their agenda and to bless their efforts.  That’s not what Christian leaders should do.  Christian leaders should seek God’s will, whether it is for their organization or for a secular corporation, and they marshal their people to pursue God’s plan.

The key to Christian leadership, then, is for Christian leaders to understand God’s word and will for them and for their organizations in life.  Leaders then move people away from their own plans and on to God’s.  It sounds simple enough, but the truth is that many Christian leaders fail to put this basic truth into practice.  Too often leaders allow, what they think is right in leadership to corrupt the Straightforward model set forth by Jesus.


About georgehach

I am a retired Lay Minister, acting as a prophet for God to understand the end times that is comingg and how to prepare for it.
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