Effective leadership requires a mindset that never grows tired of learning. In order to effectively lead the world of tomorrow we have to be learning about the world tomorrow and how leaders are going to be able to thrive.
We would like to provide a few suggestions of additional RESOURCES that can be used to help condition additional thought about leadership. It is our intention that these resources address both Christian and secular environments and are meant to illicit a comprehensive approach as to how one can continue to develop their skills in multiple arenas.
Servant Leadership is positively influencing others to
accomplish a shared vision by following The Jesus Way.
The book of James offers a wealth of insight for those who desire to be effective leaders. Here are a few selected passages from this powerfully practical letter, written by one of Jesus’ brothers – a leader of the church in Jerusalem. Take a few minutes to read over the verses and reflect on the essentials. For each one…
- Ask yourself: “How am I doing in this area?”
- Ask GOD: “How do I need to grow in this area?”
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”
- Stay positive… keep a good attitude… GOD tests to strengthen
- Mature through hardship… view difficulty as exercise
- Ask GOD for wisdom… seek divine insight (GOD’s perspective)
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”
- You only really believe what you live… act on your convictions
- Lead by example… demonstrate your faith by what you do
“If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. My brothers, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, don’t show favoritism.”
- Watch what you say… your words matter (they can hurt or heal)
- Take care of the less fortunate… defend those who are mistreated
- Treat everyone well… notice and be nice to everybody
“Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”
- Leaders are easy targets… don’t be afraid of criticism
- Embrace accountability… be willing to be held to a higher standard
“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You want something but don’t get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”
- Beware of using your influence for selfish motives… think “serve”
- It’s tempting to build your own kingdom… don’t make it all about you
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
- Resist pride… recognize the danger of power, recognition and success
- Embrace humility… be respectful, grateful and modest
“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
- Embrace transparency… be real with people; let them see you fail
- Confess appropriately… be quick to own your mistakes and apologize
- Pray often… depend on GOD all the time
“Authority” is about control. “Leadership” is about influence.
Things fall into disrepair if they're not faithfully tended to.
Leadership is hard work, but good leaders make a difference in people's lives.
When dealing with difficult people and situations, leaders are empowered to challenge and help correct.
Leadership in the church involves helping people overcome a “consumer mindset” and encouraging them to take responsibility for their own spiritual health
We believe it’s important for everyone to find a place of service! We always want more of our members to be invested in more of our ministries. We agree with Rick Warren’s statement, “Regardless of your job or career, you are called to full-time Christian service.”1 That is what LeadershipNEXT is all about… helping you find your place in ministry.
In his book, The Purpose Driven Life, Rick Warren explains that we have been “Shaped for Serving God.” 2 Your SHAPE is one-of-a-kind and is a combination of these aspects of your life.
LeadershipNEXT is intended to help you use your unique SHAPE to positively influence others to accomplish a shared vision by following the Jesus way!
Only Christians have “spiritual gifts.” Every Christian is given spiritual gifts to be used in ministry. If you have committed your life to Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit has “gifted” you. Specifically, the Bible says that your spiritual gifts are supposed to be used to build up the church. When we use our gifts together, the church grows and we all benefit. It’s important for Christ-followers to discover what their spiritual gifts are so they can use them in ministry.
Click here to take the Spiritual Gifts Analysis.
Your “heart” refers to the things that you get passionate about. What motivates you and pumps you up? What do you care about? What are you interested in? What do you love to do? Those things show where your “heart” is! Your “heart” helps determine the way you think, feel and act. Not everyone is passionate about the same things. People can get excited about all kinds of stuff: sports, music, animals, cars, science, art or other people. No one has to motivate you to do what you have a heart for.
To find out what ministries your passions may fall under at First Baptist, take the Ministry Interest Survey. This will give you the opportunity to learn about places to serve at FBCA, see what interests you, and share a little bit more information about yourself.
Your “abilities” are the natural talents you were born with. Whether they’re mental or physical, your natural abilities are part of who you are. What are you good at? What does your body or brain find it easy to do that other people may have to work at? Those things are your God-given abilities.
Each of us has a different personality. Some people are more withdrawn. Others are more outgoing. Some people love crowds. Others don’t. Some people like things to stay the same. Others enjoy variety and change. Some people are “thinkers.” Others are “feelers.” Some people laugh all the time. Others are more serious. And God can use them all! There is no “right” or “wrong” personality for ministry.
Each of us is shaped by our life experiences… good and bad. You have been “molded” to a certain degree by where you’ve lived, who you’ve lived with, where you’ve gone to school, your injuries, your illnesses, your successes and your failures. God is especially able to use your painful experiences to prepare you for ministry. Sometimes the things you are most angry or upset about in life are the very experiences God wants to use to help others. They become the basis of your ministry. But in order for God to use your painful experiences for good, you must be willing to share them. “He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When others are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us” (I Corinthians 1:4).
1 Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2002), p. 229.
2 Warren, p. 234.
Thanks for your willingness to step up and be a leader. Taking responsibility for leading a small group can be a little frightening and intimidating. That’s OK. Courage isn’t the absence of fear… it’s acting in spite of your fears!
Here are some things to remember as you think about your role as group leader.
- Leading a small group isn’t about your confidence and ability. It’s about GOD and what he wants to accomplish through you as a facilitator. Acknowledging your weakness is the best way for GOD to be glorified. Prepare well. Work hard. Trust GOD!
- Getting the group to connect starts with your honesty. As you choose to open up and be real, the rest of the group will feel the freedom to do the same. Share your story. Admit your struggles. Don’t pretend!
- Don’t be afraid of silence. If you’re asking real questions and you want real answers, you have to give people an opportunity to think before they respond. Maybe you need to restate the question. If silence makes you nervous, get in the habit of counting to 10 or 20 in your mind before saying anything. GOD can work in silence!
- You don’t have to know all the answers. This is part of the whole “honesty” thing. When you’re not sure, ask the group: “What do you think?” It can lead to great discussion. If no one knows the answer, and it’s worth pursuing, agree to all research the issue and talk about it the next time you meet. It’s shared learning!
- Don’t be afraid of disagreement. It’s OK for people to have differing opinions about things. While we have “zero tolerance” for personal attacks or physical violence, sincere disagreement is acceptable. It’s not up to you to convince anyone. It’s up to you to make sure your group is a safe place for everyone. We want unity, not uniformity!
Things to keep in mind…
- Try to have fun together.
- Take turns talking.
- Clarify expectations.
- Emphasize confidentiality.
- Pray with and for each other.
- Get to know each other.
"Teaching Smart People How to Learn"
Chris Argyris, Harvard Business Review
"Multi-layered Leadership: The Christian Leaders as Builder, Shepherd, and Gardener"
Scott Cormode, Journal of Religious Leadership
"Five Steps to Repair Broken Trust"
Randy Conley, with the Ken Blanchard Company
"Storytelling for Leaders"
By Doris Kovic
"What is Spiritual Leadership?"
Henry and Richard Blackaby
"Working by Priorities Not Activities"
by Jerry Figueroa
by Charles Swindoll