Leaders, lead! This has been a simple principle and belief I have lived by for many years. It has never been more evident than in the past year of my life. Planting City on a Hill Church has stretched my leadership gift in numerous ways. Leading City on a Hill Church has equally stretched, pulled, tugged, and increased my leadership gift daily, weekly, and hourly in some cases. But I have never felt more alive and more effective in God’s kingdom than right now! The simple principle leaders lead is always in the forefront of my mind. I was asked recently, “Do you understand the struggles of being a Lead/Senior Pastor now?” My answer, “I have always been pastoring now I just get to fully lead and I totally love it.” I have always believed that we should lead, follow, or get out of the way. I am a leader and leaders lead! There is no shame in identifying your spiritual gifts and using them to the glory of God.
Leadership is a spiritual gift from God. Romans 12:7-9 lists numerous spiritual gifts and right in the middle of verse 8 it says, “and if it is to lead, do it diligently.” What I see the Apostle Paul saying here is, Leaders lead! If you have been called to lead than lead, follow or get out of the way. During my years of preparation I wrote a book, it has not been published, to help me through the training and preparation process entitled, Where Eagles Dare: The Art of Leading from Within a Team. I wrote this book to help me lead myself through very challenging times where I didn’t feel I was being lead. In my 16 years of ministry I found myself in places where there was no vision and the people were truly unrestrained. I found myself in places where the leader was relying on other people to tell them what to do and the vision switched from one to another to another like the changing of the tides. The whole time I was thinking leaders lead so for crying out loud, just lead. God has given you a place to serve and a people to love lead me please, lead us! It was during those times I wrote this book and it was during those times that this book gave me practical application and revealed God’s grace so I could stay in the fire fight. I learned that leaders lead no matter what so I learned the art of leading from within the team. I learned to excel and lead the teams entrusted to me with excellence to the glory of God. I learned to pour my leadership gift into faithful men and women who desired strong leadership ans responded to vision. I taught them the same principle I believe, leaders lead. What ever God entrusted has us to do we can’t disqualify ourselves because we are not the primary vision caster and/or leader we must lead where God has placed us and find ways to support the vision of the place we find ourselves called to and if there is no vision then we create vision within our areas of responsibilities for people to follow. The bottom line is leaders lead. Leadership is a spiritual gift and God expects us to lead diligently no matter the circumstance. Here is where we get down to brass tacks. Before we can lead others we must lead ourselves. Before we can lead others we must be Spirit led.
Acts 20:28 “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which He obtained with His own blood.”
The reason I brought up the book is it really turned into a journal to help me work through the challenges of leadership and to lead myself. It helped me to pay careful attention to myself and pushed me into times of prayer and fasting for the leaders God had placed in my life. It helped me to pray for the people and places that God would sustain and lead them in times of uncertainty and confusion. It helped me pay careful attention to myself to see God’s sovereignty so that I wouldn’t become apathetic and lose hope. The greatest way to lead ourselves is to be Spirit-led. Leadership isn’t easy and that is why many fail and fall by the wayside. Leadership is challenging. By being Spirit-led we get a vision from God that isn’t for sale, rent, lease, or loan. We don’t invite people to be a part of an organization we invite them into a world changing adventure with giants to slay, hills to take, uncharted territory to explore, and people to rescue. Under my leadership you will find we don’t take applications we take commitments. My philosophy is don’t invite me to do something anybody can do. No way that isn’t worth my life. If anybody can do it than let anybody do it. You know what I’m saying? I want to be invited to do something God-sized where my leadership will be stretched beyond what it feels like I can bear. I want to be invited into a fight with a giant I can’t whoop without Jesus. I want to be invited on an adventure into uncharted territory where only God is the tour guide with the map and if I get lost or separated from Him I can’t succeed. I have found that place it is church planting. The spiritual gift God has imparted to me is in full bloom as I lead City on a Hill Church. I am doing everything in my power to obey the Word of God in Romans 12:8 when it says, “and if it is to lead, do it diligently.” Simply put leaders lead and I am not ashamed to say that by God’s grace and under the leadership of the Holy Spirit I am leading! Be encouraged!