The Lord seems to have increased my burden in prayer for the American Church. I ran across this prayer (in part) this morning:
Revive your Church, Lord God of hosts, whenever it falls into complacency and sloth, by raising up devoted leaders… and grant that their faith and vigor of mind may awaken your people to your message and their mission; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
It’s not about how you start… it’s how you finish.
Spiritual leaders look back and reflect on the goodness of God. And it’s not always a pleasant place of reflection. Paul was in prison and the executioner was down the hall. Continue reading “Spiritual Leadership — Finishing Well”
Paul had the leading of the Spirit to see Timothy and invite him to come alongside in ministry. Paul had watched Timothy develop. He could see the potential and the gifts flowing in Timothy’s life and ministry. Continue reading “Spiritual Leadership — Imparting gifts”
I’m not so much into the “prophetic” in our American charismatic model. That has soured me to the point where I haven’t really put much stock in trying to figure out “what’s ahead.” It’s a fear of “looking wacky.” Continue reading “Spiritual Leadership — Discerning the Times”
There are some who seem to revel in the ability to rebuke. They attack like a machine gun. No prisoners taken.
Spiritual leadership has a necessity to be strong, but there is a level of gentleness that is applied as well.
Continue reading “Spiritual Leadership — Correction and Rebuke”
Some thoughts on spiritual leadership from 2 Timothy. Before, I looked at the prayer life of a spiritual leader, and the encouragement of a spiritual leader.
Spiritual leaders should also live as “Exhibit A.” Spiritual leaders don’t “teach” the way. They show the way. Continue reading “Spiritual Leadership — Show the Way”
Henri Nouwen in his wonderful little book titled In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership shows just how “out of touch” he was in his day. Irrelevant leadership? Puh-leeeaaze!
The temptation is to be relevant. To show power, ability, or rightness.
“Words like right-wing, reactionary, conservative, liberal, and left wing are used to describe people’s opinions and many discussions then seem more like political battles for power than spiritual searches for the truth.”
“Christian leaders cannot simply be persons who have well-informed opinions about the burning issues of our time. Their leadership must be rooted in the permanent, intimate relationship with the incarnate Word, Jesus, and they need to find there the source for their words, advice, and guidance.”
God, help us. God… help me.