Posted by: whereintheworldismike | November 12, 2015

Lead the Church Now! Pt. 6

BeDoKnow figureWhen the “Know-ing” component of development as leaders is overemphasized to the neglect of the others, pride/arrogance is often the result (1 Cor. 8:1). Many moral failures in Church leadership and much internet porn addiction throughout the Church, along with corporate and individual anemia in terms of affecting society to greater reflect Christ’s benevolent reign could be addressed if our situation was looked at more holistically. According to God’s Word humans are three part beings (1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 4:12). When we look exclusively at God’s Word as a source of information to feed our “knowing,” our growth as Christ’s disciple is stunted and fails to equip us for fruitful service, or to strengthen us against the various strategies and pitfalls aimed at each of us.

This is one of the issues that keeps popping up in our discussions of church growth and church health here at Lake Saiko near Mt. Fuji. Mt Fuji at Lake SaikoMany times our personal selfishness can blunt the Holy Spirit’s work to draw those walking in darkness we encounter. It is imperative that we get serious about personal transformation if the Church is to have any positive effect in whatever cultural context God has placed us to rep his glory.

“Being” is the component of Leader Development that consists of maintaining an intimate relationship with God and results in character development, greater joy, and other benefits of abiding in Christ (John 14:6-14, 15-18, 19-21, 23-31; 15:1-8,9-17). Increase in capacity for “Doing” can also come from mentoring in lifestyle and ministry skills (Eph. 4:11-12; 1 Tim. 4:12; Titus 2:3-5; 1 Pet. 3:1-6). One of these benefits of drawing near to God is vibrant lives that are attractive to those needing and looking for a life with eternal meaning and hope that does not disappoint.

“Doing” is working out one’s salvation with fear and trembling (Php. 2:12) and doing good works that glorify God (Matt. 5:16). This gets better as one spends time fellowshipping with God. Small groups must set aside some time regularly to help the poor or handicapped in practical ways. How can we make our communities more inviting to those who feel marginalized by the great society?

When one’s “doing” plateaus, the solution is to spend more time in God’s holy presence (Luke 1:74-75; 2 Cor. 3:18). As Billy Graham’s mentor told him when he was starting out in ministry, “As God increases the influence of a minister, that minister’s character must increase proportionately.”


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