One of the most common analogies the Bible uses to help us understand our relationship with God is a parental one. The Bible teaches that God is our Father.
Now picture your relationship with your earthly dad. What if, for your entire life, you had a brief, one hour meeting with your dad once a week. How well would you know each other? More specifically, how well would you know his mind? Would you know his opinion on issues of life? Would you recognize his voice? Would you know the way he thinks?
Now imagine that you met with your dad once a day, every day, for breakfast. You had long talks about life, family, recreation, and many other topics. Then on the weekends, you got together some more. You spent hours with him then. How well would you know each other after keeping this routine for years?
See the difference?
It’s exactly the same with God. We can be sure God is speaking to us, if we are spending consistent time with Him. We will recognize His voice. We will understand and appreciate His instruction. We will know His opinions. We will be certain it is Him speaking.
And knowing God’s voice will help you as a leader make correct decisions.
Have breakfast with God.
As church leaders (lay or “professional”) we are all involved in making disciples. But if you haven’t defined “disciple” how will you know when you’ve done it? Yes, yes a disciple is “a follower of Christ”. I got that. But what does that look like in your church? In our ministry, a disciple has the following “qualities” or “accomplishments”:
- Profession of Faith
- Assurance of Salvation
- Baptized by Immersion
- Small Group Involvement
- Worship Service Involvement
- Serving Faithfully
- Giving Regularly
We accomplish these qualities in individuals through a variety of different means including classes, mentoring, small groups, and preaching, to name a few. But the point is that we know what the finish line looks like.
What does a disciple look like in your ministry? Comment below on your “qualities”.
To say “no” the leadership way, you must have your priorities clear. Then, you have the authority with yourself to say “no” to others.
As a church planter, I am always thinking about ways to grow a fledgling young congregation. My team is always trying something new, looking for a different outreach idea or discipleship process. Is it because our current stuff is no good? No, in fact it’s the best we can get it (and we think it’s pretty good!).
The point is that as church planters we are pioneers. We have to be. We have to constantly be on the move, creating, tinkering, changing, adjusting. If we don’t, we fail. If we don’t, this church won’t make it.
In fact, I would say that if you stop pioneering, your church won’t make it either.
Every church should be a pioneer church. We should never stop looking for new ways to reach people, new methods to communicate the truth of Jesus Christ, new tools to disciple those we reach. So even if your church has been around for a hundred years, start thinking like a pioneering church planter.
Here’s the question: Imagine you are pioneering a church plant in your city. You need to be effective in evangelism and discipleship to make it – to survive. What would you do differently than you are currently doing?
Whatever the answer is, go do that.
A church is the people, not the building.
Going “there” isn’t it.
Being a part is.
This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.- Mark 9:29
Here the disciples were questioning Jesus as to why they did not have the power to cast out the demon.
They lacked the power because they lacked the preparation.
Before trying to tackle any major task of spiritual significance, especially in church leadership, prepare by fasting and praying.