Over the last couple of weeks I’ve shared some thoughts with you regarding Natural Church Development. I’ve touched on loving relationships and passionate spirituality. Today I’d like to share some practical thoughts on empowering leadership.
First of all, empowering leadership best defines those leaders who don't do everything but give ministry away. They give power, autonomy and opportunity to others to lead and serve. In addition to that, we understand that delegating is not enough when it comes to strong leadership. Leaders need to be trained and equipped to do their work successfully and according to their giftedness. In Burrill’s words: “….Empowering leaders spend time delegating AND discipling other people. Thus the energy that they invest in others is multiplied many times”.
According to the Apostle Paul, empowering leadership could be measured by how well a leader could not only train others, but more than that, could they train others to train others? In 2 Timothy 2:2 he says these words to young Timothy:
“And the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also”.
As we wrap up, take the time to answer the following:
1. Do you feel equipped to serve?
2. Would training in areas such as: spiritual gifts, giving Bible studies or leading a small group help you in your ministry?
3. If you are in a position of leadership, how many people are you training currently to take over your role/s in the future?
4. Are you actively involved in visitation and giving Bible studies?
5. Are our young people given enough participation in church?
As I close, I want you to seriously consider the fact that God does not want spectators- He only calls workers. Will you take your place as a leader and serve with Him today?
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We wish to thank...
A big thank you to all people who have helped with the running of the evangelistic program. Thank you also to those who have hosted Pr Barron and have prepared meals for him. Well done, church! :) Please also continue to serve and pray as we reach out to the community.