MANY ARE CALLED BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN By Pastor John Sigudla

12/08/2018

MANY ARE CALLED BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN

By Pastor John Sigudla

    • The calling of god has been extended to all the people on earth. We are called from utter darkness to the marvelous light of the Almighty God.
  • We called to be obedient to our creator.
  • We are called to be the light of the world.
  • We are called to be the salt of the world.
  • We are called to represent God wherever we go and are working.
  • We are called to be the ambassadors of Christ in our communities.
  • We are called to take care of our neighbours through our God given lives.
    • BUT FEW ARE CHOSEN.
  • This is an extra-mile of God’s choice in the life of a person.
  • Here we see people who leaves everything and serve God full time in their ministries that God has called them to do.
  • Here we find full time workers for God such as pastors, evangelist, prophets, apostles and Teachers of the Word.
  • This is the most difficult task to be in the hand of God full time. Not all are called and chosen in this category. Hence the lesson here below.
  • Others are calling themselves in this very difficult God’s work, and I called them SAP’s Self-Appointed Pastors, Self-Appointed Prophets, Self-Appointed Priests, while others are Self Appointed Bishops, SAB.

 

 

  1. TWO MESSENGERS WHO TOOK THE MESSAGE TO DAVID AFTER THE DEATH OF ABSALOM.

One was Chosen and the other called himself.

2 SAMUEL 18:19-35

 

19Then Zadok’s son Ahimaaz said, “Let me run to the king with the good news that the LORD has saved him from his enemy Absalom.” 20“No,” Joab told him, “It wouldn’t be good news to the king that his son is dead. You can be my messenger some other time, but not today.” Sam 18: 19-20

 

THE APPLICATION OF THIS STORY

  1. Ahimaaz self-appointed messenger
  • Ahimaaz was not called, he called himself. Verse 19.
  • Ahimaaz was stopped from his calling to take the so called Good news to David. Verse 2.
  • He was not thrown away that he cannot be a messenger, but he was told that not now. Verse 20.
  • He ignored the secret and power of waiting or patience. He wanted to serve during his own time and not the appointed time according to the divine appointment.
  • One man was called by God and he said to God “Not now, I am still busy working and later on I will respond. He indeed responded and bought a big tent and instruments and went out preaching and nothing happened. Then he asked God why nothing is happening and God said to him “You responded at your own time and not at God’s appointed time.”

 

  1. THE MAN FROM CUSH [ETHIOPIA] DIVINELY APPOINTED MESSENGER.

 

21Then Joab said to a man from Cush, “Go tell the king what you have seen.” The man bowed and ran off. 22But Ahimaaz continued to plead with Joab, “Whatever happens, please let me go, too.” “Why should you go, my son?” Joab replied. “There will be no reward for you.” 23“Yes, but let me go anyway,” he begged. Joab finally said, “All right, go ahead.” Then Ahimaaz took a shortcut across the plain of the Jordan and got to Mahanaim ahead of the man from Cush. 2 Samuel 20: 21-24

  • When the man from Cush was sent he responded immediately. Verse 21
  • This man had no name, he was called the man from Cush. Cush stands for Africa. He was a man from Africa, who took the message to David the King and not a man from Israel Ahimaaz.
  • God has his own way of doing things beyond our own understanding.
  • The man from Cush bowed down and ran off. Verse 21. We need to run when God calls us and sent us out to serve him. We don’t have to drag our legs when God sent us, but we need to run, criminals are running, bad people of all types are running in order to fulfil their bad intentions, witches are not even running, they are flying using any means of airplanes to fulfil their darkness assignment given to them.
  • The man from Cush ran with the clear message, that Absalom is dead.
  • Ahimaaz insisted that he wanted to go too, verse 22.
  • Ahimaaz was told that there was no reward for him to go there. Verse 22.
  • Ahimaaz admitted that there was no reward for him but still he wanted to go. Verse 23.
  • Ahimaaz was eventually allowed to go on his own accord and not as supposed to be. Verse 23.
  • Ahimaaz since he know that the man of Cush was almost half way, he took a short cut to the place where the message was supposed to be taken.
  • Let us by all means avoid serving God through short cuts.
  • Ministries started yesterday and they took short cuts and they seem to be flourishing and you go there.
  • The work of the Lord need patience and process.
  • God is interested in our character building rather than our eloquence, talent and gifting. They are all needed but the godly character is what is needed.
  • Because of the short cut he took, he arrived first and started giving the message that was not clear. Verse

29“What about young Absalom?” the king demanded. “Is he all right?” Ahimaaz replied, “When Joab told me to come, there was a lot of commotion. But I didn’t know what was   happening.” 30“Wait here,” the king told him.

  1. Conclusion

Ask God to call you to serve him by serving your pastor through prayer and many other ways that I cannot specify, only the Holy Spirit can specify those tasks for you.

  • The Holy Spirit has already given you the way you need to be supportive to the work of the Lord in your local church.
  • The Holy Spirit is not quite about what we are supposed to be doing for him in a local church.
  • Ministry amongst the elderly is a very serious ministry for the elderly to die in the Lord.
  • Ministry amongst the youth is a very important ministry and in big churches in South Africa and Europe, they have full time pastors in this position.
  • Ministry amongst our children is very important as I saw yesterday how the children ministry unfolded with great results, thus Boipelo keep up the good work and may others join you.
  • Music ministry that goes with praise and worship is a very important part of the church ministry that deals with spiritual war-fare. Thus worship team you are doing excellently very well.

 

 

 

Originally published on Rev John Sigudla’s Site

THE SECRET OF DAVID IN HIS LEADERSHIP By Rev V.J. Sigudla

23Joab once again became the commander of David’s army. Benaiah son of Jehoiada was commander of the king’s bodyguard. 24Adoniram was in charge of the labor force. Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was the royal historian. 25Sheva was the court secretary. Zadok and Abiathar were the priests. 26Ira the Jairite was David’s personal priest. 2 Samuel 20:23-26

David the man after God’s heart. It is very important to understand why God called him “The man after God’s heart” it was not himself who called himself “The man after God’s heart”

You don’t have to call yourself by titles but let the people see who you are and be the ones who calls you by titles.

  1. The secret of David’s successful leadership.
  • He appointed people into positions of power to help him with the great work ahead of him.
  • Joab was appointed the commander of David’s army. Verse 23
  • Benaiah son of Jehoiada was the commander of the king’s body guard.
  • Adoniram was in charge of the labour force.
  • Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was the royal historian.
  • Sheva was the court secretary.
  • Zadok and Abiathar were the priests, general priests for all the army and people of Israel.
  • Ira the Jaitrite was David’s personal priest. This one’s work was to pray and advice king David in the spiritual things regarding his service for the Lord. Kings were supposed to please God at all costs. Hence the personal priest for David.
  1. WE NEED PRAYER PARTNERS WHO WILL SERVE US THROUGH PRAYER.
  • Pastors and servants of God need people who will minister to them through prayers, and spiritual advice. For people to qualify to do such a high calling they need to qualify and be fully appointed by god in the lives of the servants of God. Not every Christian can be able to do this high calling. The high calling involves the following:
  • Regularly praying for your pastor wherever you are, no need to go to the pastor and pray over him or her.
  • Regularly serving your pastor by going where he sent you to go for him in his work such as visiting some members on behalf of the pastor.
  • Regularly listen to God for divine revelation that you need to quantify before you can tell them to the pastor. You become Nathan who was used by God to speak to David and David trusted Nathan that is why he listened to Nathan when he was speaking to him.
  • You too, as a spoke person of God, you need to have a good attitude and good approach to the servant of God. He must have full trust in you and respect of the highest order.
  • Elishah literally served Elijah

Elisha accepted this call about four years before the death of Israel’s King Ahab. For the next seven or eight years Elisha became Elijah’s close attendant until Elijah was taken up into heaven.

Elisha was appointed by Elijah as his successor and had been his attendant for six years. Elijah served as head prophet, and Elisha worked closely with him, being known as the one who “poured out water upon the hands of Elijah” when Elijah washed his hands.—2Ki 2:3-5; 3:11. 

  • It is indeed a privilege to serve servants of God, and you don’t have to overdo it, do as the spirit lead.
  • You can serve also by taking care of the pastor’s children while they are out shopping.
  • The most high calling to serve your pastor is to pray for him daily and intercede for them greatly so that they should not take short cuts in serving God.
  1. TWO MESSENGERS WHO TOOK THE MESSAGE TO DAVID AFTER THE DEATH OF ABSALOM.

One was called and the other called himself.

2 SAMUEL 18:19-35

 

19Then Zadok’s son Ahimaaz said, “Let me run to the king with the good news that the LORD has saved him from his enemy Absalom.” 20“No,” Joab told him, “it wouldn’t be good news to the king that his son is dead. You can be my messenger some other time, but not today.”

THE APPLICATION OF THIS STORY

  1. Ahimaaz self-appointed messenger
  • Ahimaaz was not called, he called himself. Verse 19.
  • Ahimaaz was stopped from his calling to take the so called Good news to David. Verse 2.
  • He was not thrown away that he cannot be a messenger, but he was told that not now. Verse 20.
  • He ignored the secret and power of waiting or patience. He wanted to serve during his own time and not the appointed time according to the divine appointment.
  • One man was called by God and he said to God “Not now, I am still busy working and later on I will respond. He indeed responded and bought a big tent and instruments and went out preaching and nothing happened. Then he asked God why nothing is happening and God said to him “You responded at your own time and not at God’s appointed time.”
  1. Cush divinely appointed messenger.

21Then Joab said to a man from Cush, “Go tell the king what you have

seen.” The man bowed and ran off. 22But Ahimaaz continued to plead

with Joab, “Whatever happens, please let me go, too.” “Why should you go, my son?” Joab replied. “There will be no reward for you.” 23“Yes, but let me go anyway,” he begged. Joab finally said, “All right, go ahead.” Then Ahimaaz took a shortcut across the plain of the Jordan and got to Mahanaim ahead of the man from Cush. S Samuel 20: 21-24

  • When the man from Cush was sent he responded immediately. Verse 21
  • This man had no name, he was called the man from Cush. Cush stands for Africa. He was a man from Africa, who took the message to David the King and not a man from Israel Ahimaaz.
  • God has his own way of doing things beyond our own understanding.
  • The man from Cush bowed down and ran off. Verse 21. We need to run when God calls us and sent us out to serve him. We don’t have to drag our legs when God sent us, but we need to run, criminals are running, bad people of all types are running in order to fulfil their bad intentions, witches are not even running, they are flying using any means of airplanes to fulfil their darkness assignment given to them.
  • The man from Cush ran with the clear message, that Absalom is dead.
  • Ahimaaz insisted that he wanted to go too, verse 22.
  • Ahimaaz was told that there was no reward for him to go there. Verse 22.
  • Ahimaaz admitted that there was no reward for him but still he wanted to go. Verse 23.
  • Ahimaaz was eventually allowed to go on his own accord and not as supposed to be. Verse 23.
  • Ahimaaz since he know that the man of Cush was almost half way, he took a short cut to the place where the message was supposed to be taken.
  • Let us by all means avoid serving God through short cuts.
  • Ministries started yesterday and they took short cuts and they seem to be flourishing and you go there.
  • The work of the Lord need patience and process.
  • God is interested in our character building rather than our eloquence, talent and gifting. They are all needed but the godly character is what is needed.
  • Because of the short cut he took, he arrived first and started giving the message that was not clear. Verse

29“What about young Absalom?” the king demanded. “Is he all right?” Ahimaaz replied, “When Joab told me to come, there was a lot of commotion. But I didn’t know what was   happening.” 30“Wait here,” the king told him.

 

  1. Conclusion

Ask God to call you to serve him by serving your pastor through prayer and many other ways that I cannot specify, only the Holy Spirit can specify those tasks for you.

 

Originally published at Pastor V.J Sigudla’s Site https://pastorjohnsigudla.wordpress.com/2018/08/05/the-secret-of-david-leadership-by-rev-v-j-sigudla/

IN YOUR DESPERATION SITUATION, DON’T FALL INTO THE HANDS OF PEOPLE. Bread of life Devotional thought By Pastor Vusimusi John Sigudla

desperate

14“This is a desperate situation!” David replied to Gad. “But let us fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is great. Do not let me fall into human hands.” 2 SAMUEL 23:14

 

  1. INTRODUCTION.

Truly David blundered and deserved to be punished by God. The choice as usual our God gives to his love ones since he need to punish us as his children because of love. The choice God give to us is because we have a will that God has given us that we need to use to make choices in life either for good or for bad. God is not prepared to remote control us.

  1. David’s blunder [mistake] went with some serious consequences.

I am responsible and accountable for any decision and action I take. I need to answer for any action I take either for good or for bad. This was indeed the case with David.

  • He was warned first by Joab not to execute the censures but he didn’t want to listen.
  • The danger of not listening causes more harm than good.
  • David had to be confronted with three choices to make as a punishment and all three choices where extremely difficult. None of them was better than the other.

13So Gad came to David and asked him, “Will you choose three years of famine throughout the land, three months of fleeing from your enemies, or three days of severe plague throughout your land? Think this over and let me know what answer to give the LORD.”2 Samuel 23:13

  • Famine for three years, how many people were going to lose their lives in the three years?
  • Three months if fleeing from your enemies. David had already experienced fleeing from enemies, the worse was from his own son Absalom bare footed. He also experienced fleeing from King Saul who wanted to kill him. Therefore David was tired and old to start all over again in his old age to run away from his enemies, enemies that were not even specified who they were going to be.
  • In life we have many enemies, merciless enemies and missiles enemies that care less about us. Both merciless and missiles enemies are most dangerous.
  • David was tired to start all over again running away from these enemies he never knew who they were going to be.
  • Three days of severe plague [illness outbreak that no one knows, pandemic, severe unknown illness, and infection] throughout your land.
  • Just imagine people dying doctors failing to know the kind of diseases, people falling down at work dead. People falling down driving and lose their lives. Accidents that will take place of people being killed by diseases that they never knew before. Schools being closed because teachers are ill and children are also affected by many illnesses, chaos after chaos will be the order of the day.
  1. DAVID’S CHOICE.

None of the three was chosen by David since none of the three was better than the other.

David just said 14“This is a desperate situation!” David replied to Gad. “But let us fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is great. Do not let me fall into human hands.” 2 SAMUEL 23:14

 

  • This is indeed a desperate situation.
  • Desperate situation is a situation beyond human comprehension
  • Desperation situation is a situation that cannot be easily solved.
  • Desperation situation is a situation that everybody run away from.
  • Desperation situation is a situation that has reached a boiling point.
    • Then David chose to fall into the hands of the Lord , for one firm reason, “ For his mercy is Great”
    • David cried out and prayed not to fall into humans hands.
  • Batho ga ba siama and are very cruel.
  • He chose to be in the hands of God rather than be in the hands of the people.
  • In our desperation situation, stay in the hands of God rather in the hands of the people.
  • People are merciless and full of revenge.
  • People are all out to destroy you, but God is there to rebuild you.
  • People are all out to show you how useless you are, but God is all out to protect and fight for you. Psalm 121: 1-8

The cry and the choice of David was never over looked by God.

The same God of David is here to take care of our petitions and cry and our humiliation by this world and make us what we are supposed to be. Let us fall in the hands of our Almighty God rather than falling in the hands of the people.

 

Originally published on Pastor john Sigudla’s site

EFFECTIVE[1] CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP [THIS IS THE LEADERSHIP THAT TOUCHES THE HEART OF GOD. By Pastor V.J. Sigudla of the Sharon Baptist Church

EFFECTIVE[1] CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP [THIS IS THE LEADERSHIP THAT TOUCHES

THE HEART OF GOD.

By Pastor V.J. Sigudla of the Sharon Baptist Church

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INTRODUCTION

As a Christian leader, you are held to high moral, ethical, [moral] and social standards. As a leader, you are held to high standards, but as a Christian leader, that bar [block] is raised even higher. Why? Because both the Christian and non-Christian social environment has tended to expect that Christians measure up to their self-proclaimed moral and ethical standards, as they rightly should. What can you do to be sure you ‘stand up to the test’ in the area of Christian leadership?

  1. What is Christian leadership?

THE EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP THAT TOUCHES THE HEART OF GOD

6In those days a man will say to his brother, “Since you have a cloak, you be our leader! Take charge of this heap of ruins!” 7“No!” he will reply. “I can’t help. I don’t have any extra food or clothes. Don’t ask me to get involved!”  Isaiah 3: 6-7

 

We have no one accurate definition of what leadership is, since we come from all different walks of life. Our culture and background dictate what leadership is amongst those cultures. What Europeans define as leadership, Africans has defined that as oppressive system.

What I thought was leadership yesterday; it is being challenged today by present definitions and practices.

  • SOME DEFINITIONS OF CHRISTIAN SPIRITUAL LEADERSHIP.
  1. I define spiritual leadership as knowing where God wants people to be and taking the initiative to use God’s methods to get them there in reliance on God’s power.
  2. Spiritual leadership is aimed not so much at directing people as it is at changing people.
  3. If we would be the kind of leaders we ought to be, we must make it our aim to develop persons rather than dictate plans.

You can get people to do what you want, but if they don’t change in their heart you have not led them spiritually. You have not taken them to where God wants them to be.

  1. Leadership is not a sentence that explain what it is all about, but leadership is in many facets [sides, approaches, dimensions, culture involved, leadership in many forms] e.g. Robert Mugabe said “if Adam and Eve were Chinese, they would have eaten the snake in the garden of Eden” the snake would have presented itself as a big meal for the couple.

May I further qualify what I mean by the leadership in many forms here-below?

 

  • WHAT KIND OF MINISTERS ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO BE?

22And we are also sending with them another brother who has been thoroughly tested and has shown how earnest he is on many occasions. He is now even more enthusiastic because of his increased confidence in you. 23If anyone asks about Titus, say that he is my partner who works with me to help you. And these brothers are representatives of the churches. They are splendid examples of those who bring glory to Christ. 2 Corinthians 8:22-23

SERIOUS OBSERVATIONS WITH THIS TEXT.

  1. One is being send, he never sent himself. Verse 22.
  2. The one has been thoroughly tested. Verse 22(b) today we have so called servants of God who are not severely tested, hence all the problems that we are facing today.
  3. The anointing and the appointing are two different things. You are first anointed and you go through a testing, God only test the ones he has anointed. The testing is for character formation. After character formation or development, then comes the appointment into ministry. This is indeed the Biblical way of God’s servants. E.g. Joseph was tested severely after he was anointed with the gifts of dreams and interpretation. David was anointed and tested severely under the fallen king, King Saul. Joshua served under Moses and thereafter he took over and reached Canaan. Elishah learned from Elijah and God used him with double portion of power. Gehazi failed to learn from Elishah hence Elishah died with his anointing that raised a dead man who was thrown into the grave of Elishah. Etc. Samson did not have any mentor hence he failed dismally. Paul mentored Timothy, Jesus mentored the 12 Disciples and who is mentoring you? The results of lack of testing have caused South Africa to have what is happening here-below and the latest the Doom prophet.
  • The investigation of the Church by the government was instigated by one of the body of Christ member.
  • Newspapers more especially daily Sun and the Citizen speak all evil things that are done in our churches and not from the mainline churches.
  • Prophecies that are not accurate are brought in from our own churches of the born again.
  • Divorces that are so painful with marriages over- night comes from our own born again churches.
  • Miracles that are not founded are coming from our own born again churches.
  • There are more questions than answers from our own born again churches.
  • Pastors fighting other pastors because of members are taking place amongst the born again churches.
  • Competition of the highest order is prevalent in our own born again churches.
  • The undermining of pastors by other pastors is the order of the day in our midst.
  • The question is, which heaven are we heading to?
  1. Has shown how earnest he is in many occasions. Verse 22 (c)
  2. He is even now more enthusiastic…
  3. And these brothers are representatives of the churches..

Servants are representatives of the churches and not the owners of the Church of Christ.

  1. They are splendid examples of those who bring glory to Christ. Verse 23.

Leaders are supposed to be exemplary in everything;

  • Be it giving
  • Prayer life
  • Mission work
  • Hospitality
  • Loving your enemies
  • Perseverance and longsuffering
  • Speaking the truth in love
  • Forgiving those who sin against us.
  1. Leaders must bring glory to Christ. Not to people but to Christ.

 

 

 

  1. THE EFFECTIVE CHRISTIAN LEADER.

1) Probably the most important thing you can do as a Christian leader is to clean up your act—if there is anything in your life, moral or ethical, which would not stand up to scrutiny if the entire world found out—you must eliminate it immediately. Do not give anyone an occasion to think that you are a hypocrite.

2) Be sure that every decision you make is honest and ethical. You cannot effectively lead, as a Christian or not, when your decisions and actions are not above-board, fair, and honest.

3) As a Christian leader, commit to telling the truth no matter what. As a Christian leader, when you lie or tell half-truths, people tend to feel that your entire faith is a sham. In fact, if you are habitually lying and telling half-truths, your faith may indeed be a sham.

4) Learn everything you can about the tasks at hand, even if it means working in the trenches for awhile. No one likes to be led by someone who has never done what they are doing. This doesn’t mean you have to become an expert, just participate in the menial work long enough to understand the frustrating aspects of the work. Another benefit to this is, when you have actually done the work, you can more effectively brainstorm solutions to challenges when they arise.

5) Lead by example. Do you expect your employees or secretaries to arrive on time for work, and dressed well? Then you must do the same. Sometimes it is so easy to think that you have earned the right to come in whenever you feel like it, or to return from lunch whenever you wish. Sure, you may have earned the right, but you gain far more by setting the example for performance. Do you expect others to work overtime when a project is behind projections? Then you must be willing to do the same.

6) Although you may feel you have earned the right to delegate away all the work, continue to be involved in productive tasks. By doing some of the work, not only do you gain the respect of your employees, but also you keep in touch with the flow of things. As a leader, it is easy to become disengaged from the actual productive segment of your business, and resultantly make decisions that look good on paper and sound good around the boardroom table, but are actually worthless when the rubber hits the road.

7) Constantly reevaluate your own performance. Often, you may spend so much time correcting the actions of others and solving crises you didn’t create, that you develop a sense that others aren’t as capable as you. Consequently, you may not recognize when you are falling into bad habits that also need to be corrected. Be the first to recognize and correct your own short-fallings.

8) Avoid pride. Love of money not money, and most dangerously lust, love of women. Once in a position of leadership, especially if you are good at what you do, it is easy to begin to feel that you are invincible. Once that occurs, you become vulnerable to pride, and may make decisions you would frown on if your subordinates made the same decisions. Maintain full responsibility for your actions, and keep them above-board at all times.

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9) Learn to manage your time. When you are in a position of leadership and find yourself delegating away most of the time-consuming tasks, it is easy to lose control of your time. Again, when your employees see you wasting your time, they will tend to do the same.

  1. THE SECRET OF EFFECTIVE CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP

Do you know what it takes to lead others in Christian service? I can recall an anecdote of an observer watching a large crowd of serious looking people hurry along a pathway. About twenty minutes later, someone anxiously asks the observer if she had noticed a large crowd of people go by. When the observer informed him that indeed a large crowd had passed by twenty minutes earlier, he sighed with relief. “Whew, I’d better hurry and catch up, I’m their leader!”

That anecdote reminds me of the anonymous saying that “He who thinks he leads and has no one following him is only taking a walk.” The individual leading this crowd bungled his responsibilities allowing the people to get ahead of him. Maybe the group would not follow instructions. Maybe distraction caused this inept [incompetent] leader to move too slowly. Whatever the case, the key secret for effective Christian leadership is dependency on GOD.

John Maxwell, a renowned leadership expert, quotes, “Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.”

The Christian leader excels far beyond the norm and is the person who makes things happen while motivating others to follow. Christian leaders influence others, are willing to take risks and confidently meet opposition head on. They do not shirk [avoid] responsibility nor run away from challenges.

In academia, [academic world, universities and colleges] the intellectual leader is the person others can depend on for the answers. In sports, the leading world-class athlete sets the standard for the team to meet or beat. In chaotic situations, panicking people look to the leaders to restore order and give directions. In Christianity, another secret is that effective leaders are uniquely endowed by the HOLY SPIRIT to exude [display] the devotion, [the task that goes with leadership] diligence and discipline to direct GOD’S people. This endowment [gift] generates an extraordinary anointing of wisdom and strength that goes beyond natural ability.

Effective leaders in the Bible all have the common attribute of intimacy with GOD established on absolute and unconditional love. Today the same must be true with the love relationship of the leader flowing vertically, from and to GOD. There must also be a horizontal flow of love from the Christian leader to the followers. The capacity to love and care for others is the secret quality that sets Christian leadership apart from the ordinary.This I call interpersonal leadership, that is the leadership that cares and the leadership that is not controlled by set of rules but this is a compassionate leadership” The Bible gives this directive, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” (John 13:34, KJV)

There are abundant treatises available to Christians who want to enhance their leadership skills. Many focus on a single aspect of leadership; others attempt to integrate a multitude of factors. Having read that literature fairly closely for thirty years, and having lived in the worlds of academia and industry for the same amount of time, it seems to me that time and again, three things emerge as real distinctives for the Christian who wants to be a God-honoring leader. From what I’ve seen, leadership success is the result of a leader’s commitment to a cause or goal, the personal character of the leader, and the extent to which the leader has real compassion for his or her followers. Here’s how you can cultivate each.

4.1.         Commitment to a Cause

Many people fail as leaders because they are not committed to anything of value or significance. For whatever reason, they have little passion for the world around them or what takes place in that world. If that leadership has money involvement, then you are a leader of money, e.g. you say you love the organization, because you are in leadership of that organization for such and such a period of time, after that period of time of periodical leadership, you are no longer anywhere to be found. That is not commitment to the cause, but you are committed to your ego, love of positions, prestige, and a periodical leader for that matter.

But even a cursory [superficial, brief] review of history validates [confirms, proofs] that successful leaders have had a passion for certain outcomes or principles, and that they have been committed unwaveringly to pursuing that outcome or to furthering that principle. We have the U.S. Constitution, for instance, because its framers were committed to bringing forth a more perfect union. The United States achieved victories in World War One and World War Two because the nation, as a whole, was committed to defeating the tyranny [dictatorship, cruelty] that threatened USA and others (such was not the case with the war in Vietnam). They excelled as a nation in space exploration because President Kennedy was able to rally support for his vision to place a man on the moon. Martin Luther King, Jr., advanced civil rights and human dignity because he had a dream and he was committed to its achievement.

In business, too, company greatness is often the result of the vision and commitment of a chief executive. Consider, for instance, the commitment-success connection of people like Jack Welsh, former Chairman and CEO of General Electric, Bill Gates of Microsoft, and Michael Dell of Dell Computers. And if we look at religious history, we reach the same conclusion. To take but two examples, look at the passion and commitment shown by Jesus Christ for carrying out the mission of human redemption given to him by his Father. And consider Martin Luther, who felt so strongly about the state of the church in 1517 that he risked all to post his 95 Theses on the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Samuel became the greatest prophet in Israel born out of serious struggle and tears from his mother and he anointed two kings Saul and David, thus courage was needed.

4.2.        BE CAREFUL OF TWO TYPES OF LEADERSHIP IN THE BIBLE.

This is quiet touching and frightening to know that we have only two types of leaders that will spill [transform] into other categories of leadership.

The leadership of a flask. 1 Samuel 10:1 Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it over Saul’s head. He kissed Saul and said, “I am doing this because the LORD has appointed you to be the ruler over Israel, his special possession. This kind of leadership never lasted and it will not even last in the future. This is indeed a man-made leadership, flask, it is very fragile.[breakable, flimsy, weak, insubstantial]

The leadership of the Horn

I see the next two chapters of First Samuel as a definite pair. They are mirror images of each other.

“The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” (1 Samuel 16:1)

Samuel had anointed Saul with a “flask of oil,” (1 Samuel 10:1). A flask is a man-made thing that holds a God thing. In choosing to anoint Saul, God had consented to put His Spirit on a man, but the timing of the anointing was chosen by men. David was anointed from a hollowed-out horn. Only God can make a horn. David was both anointed and chosen by God. The word “chosen” here is interesting. The Hebrew word it is translated from could also be rendered “seen.” God had been watching every heart in the land and he had seen a heart that was not driven by what men thought. Instead it harkened to the thoughts of Yahweh. Jesse’s youngest son was a follower of the Invisible God, and was therefore qualified to be in front of visible men. He could provide them with true leadership. He would not have to poll their ranks to see which way the wind was currently blowing. This is a major difference in the “David heart” and the “Saul heart.”

If you desire to get others to follow you, then follow the example of history. Be absolutely committed to a goal or a cause. Followers must see your passion and draw from it enthusiasm and confidence in their ability to achieve what has heretofore seemed unachievable.

4.3.        Character

A second pillar of effective Christian leadership is character—who you are when everyone’s looking and when no one’s looking. Some object that we should separate a leader’s character from his or her actions. In the case of former President Bill Clinton, for instance, a number of people argued that his personal life (and character) had no relevance to his performance as President of the United States. But how is that possible? If one cannot be trusted to maintain the sanctity of the Oval [egg-shaped Office, or to tell the truth with regard to his personal affairs, how do we know that he can be trusted in affairs of State? Values, interests, and motives come from within, giving birth to action. So behaviour is clearly born of character.

In positions of leadership, integrity is foremost among the essential character traits. Leaders must be credible and their followers must be able to rely upon their word. Trustworthiness is crucial and it’s largely manifest in how well the leader “walks the talk.” Stephen Covey articulated this principle in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People when he wrote, “The real key to your influence with me is your example, your actual conduct. Your example flows naturally out of your character” (p. 238).

All too often, though, there is a gap between the talk and the walk in corporate offices. The corporate credo or statement of values is intended for others to follow, not for the corporate leaders. These credos serve as “mandates for the masses,” yet employees are quick to detect deviations from them in corporate behaviour. And when they do, the organization is hamstrung [restricted, thwarted, watered down] by the hypocrisy. Productivity, innovation and morale [confidence] all suffer as people comply with the dictates of leaders who lack credibility, but do not follow with enthusiasm or sacrifice.

The scripture is quite clear regarding character. When the walk fell short of the talk, Jesus labeled the offenders “hypocrites.” He railed [Criticized] against Jewish leaders who prayed publicly for display purposes, but had hearts of stone. He denounced them as whitewashed sepulchers [graves]—tombs that were immaculate [spotless, beautiful] on the outside but full of rot on the inside (Matthew 23). And it’s the inside that matters to Jesus. He taught that “out of the heart of men proceed evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander” (Matthew 15:19). The internal drives the external. Character drives action.

That truth works in the affirmative as well as the negative. “The credibility of leadership is what determines whether people will want to give a little more of their time, talent, energy, experience, intelligence, creativity, and support,” say Kouzes and Posner, perhaps the foremost experts on leadership of our day. Leaders of great character do great things!

4.4.        Compassion for Your Followers

Effective leaders create followers through their compassion—a genuine, heart-felt concern for the needs, feelings, and aspirations [desires] of those they lead. They are able to build effective teams—a community, if you will—because they care about those whom they are serving as much as they care about the goals they are seeking to achieve. Covey agrees: “No amount of technical administrative skill in laboring for the masses can make up for lack of nobility [dignity] of personal character in developing relationships. It is at a very essential, one-on-one level, that we live the primary laws of love and life” (p. 202). Indeed, goal attainment, in the long term, is best effected if the leader cares about people in such a way that they are encouraged in heart and united in love.

As many of us know from painful first-hand experience, though, often, people in organizations are instead made to do things out of fear. But fear leads to compliance, not commitment. People working in fear are not committed to the leader’s goal or cause except in an instrumental sense: serving the leader avoids personal pain or economic loss. So followers often default to a “do the minimum” mind-set, discharging their duties and trying to stay off the radar screen.

4.5.        Compassionate, relational leadership is far more effective.

As Peter Scholtes notes in The Leader’s Handbook, “Where relationships are formed and sustained, leadership occurs.” Jesus demonstrated this time and again in his work with his disciples. It was all about relationship—encouraging, sharing, loving, teaching, and when necessary, rebuking. But even the latter was acceptable because the disciples knew that Jesus cared greatly about them. His rebuke was for their growth and development.

In business, managers often seek administrative ways to maximize the performance of their people. What I mean is that they pursue the ideal form of performance appraisal, the ideal incentive package, the ideal organizational structure, etc., expecting that these systems will mechanically yield the desired results. That’s short-sighted. The true key to success lies not as much with programs and practices as with the quality of the relationship the leader develops with his or her followers. Almost any performance appraisal system will work if employees trust their leader and believe that the he or she truly cares about them. The same is true in the areas of compensation, promotion, and discipline. In their bestselling book, Credibility, Kouzes and Posner put it this way: “If we are reliable and others know that they can count on us, then our words and actions will have greater power to influence them. If we appreciate people and show that we take their interests to heart, they can trust us to lead. On all fronts, developing the trust of their diverse constituents is critical to leaders” (p. 112).

4.6.       Our Skill is Necessary but Not Sufficient

Indeed, leadership requires a lot more than these “three C’s” I’ve proposed. It requires situational knowledge, skills, and abilities, among other things. But while these latter attributes are necessary, they are by no means sufficient. Too many leaders—Christians among them—don’t seem to get that. All of us in leadership positions, and most especially those of us who seek to honor God in our work, would be well-advised to take inventory of our commitment to a cause, the content of our character, and the compassion in our hearts. These attributes, when coupled with our skills, will earn us loyal followers, enduring results, and God’s “well done!”

5.         A philosophy of leadership

1.    Leadership is not a one-man show; potential partners will leave me alone.

“You must live with people to know their problems, and live with God in order to solve their problems.” (P.T. Forsyth. 2001:38)

An important question for leaders: “Am I building people, or building my dream and using people to do it?” John C. Maxwell. (1993: 115-123)

The word leadership has a great significant for anyone in leading position.

However the leader must be able to distinguish between management and leadership.

2.   Nothing happens until someone provides leadership for it.

Remember Mahatma Ghandi. If he never became a functional leader where would India be, by today? Martin Luther King Jr, The civil rights activists, where would the Afro-American be today if this functional leader never emerged? There are functional leaders and positional leaders. Functional leaders do not wait until they are elected into positions, but positional leaders are elected and most of them are not functional. The functional leader fulfils the leadership function. (Jonathan Wilson. May 2004 leadership letter issue No 1.)

3.   Leadership is a never-ending process.

 Your work is never done. Leadership isn’t a part time job—it’s a full-time commitment. Leadership is not something you do; a leadership is something you are.

4.   Leadership development is a lifetime journey.

(John C. Maxwell. 2001:122) not a brief trip, a trip ends when you have reach your destination, but a journey in life is never ending, thus this is leadership, always learning. Learn from lessons of life, learn from art, learn from nature, learn from our mistakes and learn from others.

Your leadership power is to serve people and not to advance our own purposes.

We abuse our power if we use it for self –gain; this is called the abuse of power. (Matt 20: 26 …) whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant.

5.   Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality

Leadership is not merely having the vision because anyone can dream, but the transference of that dream into reality it is all about appealing leadership. See this happening in South Africa will fulfil my dream too.

6.  Leadership is making your vision functional. The transference of a vision into reality that is all what leadership is all about. (John C. Maxwell “Warren G. Bennis.”2001: 14)

Leadership is not management, people don’t want to be managed, stereotyped, tagged or filed. This is what you do in your office, but people are dynamic and if you fail to acknowledge the power

7.   Whistler’s Law:

“You never know who’s right, but you always know who’s in charge.” When a decision is supposed to be made, all eyes will look at the leader. Every organization reflects its leader.

A successful leader do not only plan but he /she produces, thus success is what we have produced, not what we’ve planned.

8.   Leadership is productivity, Not only planning.

People support what they help create; people become part and parcel of their own decisions.

Running too fast alone is very dangerous, as that will make you to reach the goal there on your own, therefore slow down and take the people with you.

Today a reader- tomorrow a leader. (John C. Maxwell” W. Fusselman. 2001:118”) reading helps my leading, if only pastors can be introduced into a systematic good reading and studying, then no doubt, we will have good leaders.

9.  What is then the test of real leadership: just turn around and see if anyone is following you.

 

 


6. DEVELOPING BALANCED CHRISTIAN LEADERS

 

 (Published with co-author Sharon Johnson in Church Administration, 10/1985)

 

Christian organizations differ in many ways. Their size, structures, and services are shaped by internal and external forces—finances, location, personalities. But all effective Christian organizations share at least one thing in common—effectively balanced leadership.

How can balanced Christian leadership be characterized? Defining leadership, much less 1. 1. 1.Christian leadership is an elusive [mysterious] huge task.

Consider scriptural descriptions of Christ as leader. He is portrayed as lion and eagle but also as lamb and dove—vivid contrasts to be sure. An examination of Christ’s perfect leadership qualities reveals a well-defined pattern of contrasting or balancing character traits: divine/human; compassionate/stern, [firm]; traditional/revolutionary’ assertive/docile [passive]. Because He was truly all things to all people, Jesus was a perfectly balanced leader.

The Overlooked Leadership Ingredient

Balance is an essential, though commonly overlooked, ingredient of Christian leadership. Without complementary character and behavioural traits, how else could today’s pastoral or lay leader simultaneously fulfill administrative and spiritual opportunities; be meek, yet assertive; [self-confidence, self –assured, firm] minister to individuals via a corporate body? The effective Christian leader integrates contrasting traits and skills into a spiritual whole.

To fulfill their God-given responsibilities, Christian leaders must be both active and passive. Leadership involves giving as well as taking, serving as well as directing, waiting as well as taking, serving as well as directing, waiting as well as acting. Passive and active traits must be blended to forge a servant/king leader. The true Christian leader thus reflects Jesus Christ Himself.

6.1. Active and Passive Leadership Traits

Christian leadership can be meaningfully portrayed on a continuum of character and behavioral traits ranging from active to passive:

 

 

1.     THE ACTIVE LEADER

–        Makes things happen 

–        Performs tasks personally 

–        Makes decisions unilaterally and individually 

–        Ministers through formal programs 

–        Talks 

–        Orchestrates change 

–        Teaches 

–        Ministers through words and actions 

–        Preaches via oratory Manages 

2.    THE PASSIVE LEADER

–        Delegates tasks to others 

–        Engages in participative, shared decision making 

–        Ministers through informal interaction 

–        Listens 

–        Allows change to happen naturally 

–        Learns 

–        Ministers through personal presence and empathy  

–        Preaches via the Holy Spirit 

–        Serves

In reality there is no totally active or totally passive leader, only varying blends of both traits. Leadership effectiveness is enhanced by the interplay of active and passive traits—the leader who can be many things to many people.

The church leader must certainly be capable of “makings things happen” through planning, budgeting, and program implementation. He must also possess the patience to wait for things to happen as the result of prayer or congregational mood.

Likewise, the effective leader balances individual decision making with group deliberation, personal tasks performance with delegation, and formality with informality. The well-balanced Christian leader listens as well as talks, learns as well as teaches, and emotes as well as thinks. Balance and wholeness are the keys.

 

 

6.2. THE PROBLEMS OF UNBALANCED LEADERSHIP

Problems inevitably erupt when a leader becomes too active or too passive. Lack of balance leads to lack of effectiveness. It is unavoidable.

Overly active leaders (and their churches) are likely to experience the following interpersonal and organizational problems:

–        Premature decision making and action

–        Overwork and over-commitment

–        Precipitation of confrontations and conflicts

–        Poor interpersonal communication and congregational feedback

–        Lack of rapport [relationship]building with individual church members

–        Difficulty in getting Church workers to implement decisions and programs

–        Resistance to change

6.3. THE OVERLY PASSIVE LEADER, ON THE OTHER HAND, IS PRONE [related] TO A DIFFERENT SET OF PROBLEMS:

–        Indecisive, inconsistent decision making

–        Ineffectiveness in inspiring and motivating church leaders

–        Wasting time in frequent committee meetings and informal group deliberations

–        Sloppy coordination and integration of church activities and programs

–        Congregational stagnation and preoccupation with the status quo

–        Heavy dependence on lay workers for work progress

–        Tendency for congregational problems to escalate out of control

6.4. Balanced Leadership-Beyond the Individual

A careful examination of the demands of balanced Christian leadership can prove frustrating. While agreeing on the need for such leadership, it is easy for one individual to feel overwhelmed at the prospect of being all things to all people.

Indeed, the Christian leader who tries to be all things in all situations will probably achieve little. The answer to leadership effectiveness in a Christian organization is to expand the leadership base beyond one person. The search for balanced leadership really involves creating a leadership team or body within which active and passive orientations complement each other.

Such an interaction among a group of people who lead an organization was what Paul had in mind as he spoke of the church body: “So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another” (Rom. 12:5, NASB) and “For the body is not one member, but many” (1 Cor. 12:14, NASB).

Perhaps the most important, but least recognized, responsibility of an effective leader is that of developing the leadership potential of many church members. By recognizing his own areas or strengths and weakness, the leader seeks to broaden and deepen the leadership base of his organization by gathering around him people with contrasting and complementary traits. Such differing traits provide a check-and-balance for meeting the complex demands of today’s Christian organizations.

7. A LEADER LEADS GOD’S PEOPLE INTO THE BATTLE.

(Numbers 27: 17) briefly leadership is a battle, taking God’s people through it.

–        Fierce battle of uncertainty.

–        Fierce battle of self-identity

–        Fierce battle of poverty

–        Fierce battle of self-discovery

–        Fierce battle of trusting God in all situations.

–        Fierce battle of complete dependence upon God no matter what the circumstances may be.

–        Fierce battle of absorbance of all the reproach and ridicule of this world.

–        A fierce battle of standing firm as a leader and lead by example.

–        A fierce battle whereby you bring hope to a hopeless nation.

 

7.1. Powerful Ways to Be an Effective Communicator

In my early career, my job was to help GE senior executives give speeches, talk to employees, and talk to shareowners. The variety of techniques I worked with was substantial, from international teleconferences to private breakfasts.

But what made the most difference in the future careers of my clients (the fast track executives at GE) was clearly not the flawless execution of my projects. It was the personal qualities and learned communications disciplines that shone through or failed to materialize in their communications.

To put it another way—effective communication is not just about techniques, it’s about the communicator. I’ve gone to school on those early years. I offer here a few principles whose seeds were planted in those years, but grew up to be my “main things” in my current role as a CEO of a growing ministry.

The truth in Kingdom work is that effective communicators get things done and become leaders. In the list of what turns good managers into leaders, communication skills like these five powerful principles are at the top of the list, along with vision and passion.

7.2. Let them see your heart!

It’s your ultimate weapon when things get really tough and the answer isn’t apparent. Talk from your core belief about a situation. Let what you really believe about people and your ministry come out. Let them see your hopes and disappointments. This is counterintuitive—our natural instincts scream at us to take a step backward and become more formal in sticky situations.

But people respond to your leadership as people, not employees. It is especially important in a crisis to get real, not formal. It’s the same principle as the rest of our walk of faith. What we want to be ours in a time of crisis, we have to practice all the time in routine circumstances.

Does talking from the heart always mean you get very passionate and over-the-top? Not at all. Passionate talk can be a contrived performance. Letting those you manage see your heart is totally different—it requires opening the door to how you process decisions. It’s not a calculated response delivered with enthusiasm. It’s real. It’s you.

In our ministry, for example, a fledgling partnership to children in a new neighborhood looked like it might come apart in a welter of allegations of non-performance made by our staff, contrasted with assurances that results were just different from expectations from our new partners. Communications grew steadily more formal and formulaic. My first task: earn credibility by speaking my heart to both sides about why we did this deal in the first place, seeking to earn my way beneath the surface of the facts. It turned out I did have to make a personnel change there because my “heart talk” revealed no similar motivations on the part of one of our leaders and no interest in change on the part of that individual. A sincere “opening up” from me helped bring out the truth.

7.3. Use the power of stories.

Be known as a creator of meaning—not an assembler of facts. Meaning is mostly transmitted in story. Joe Wheeler likes to say, that facts are like “Teflon” stones to most hearers, but stories are like “Velcro”. They stick.

One of my most important jobs as a leader is to take facts and weave them together into a conclusion that takes us toward our mission. When I brief anyone—from board members to our newest associate—I am conscious of putting a narrative together about the situation before heading into the exhortation [encouraging] part.

7.4. Be a simplifier.

All the good communicators are. If you find yourself giving a complex briefing, even if it’s on a complex subject, maybe you weren’t ready to give the briefing. All the best things in ministry are simple—like one-sentence mission statements. Give yourself and your ministry the gift of focus and watch how people appreciate it.

The “gift” of “making simple things complex” is one that must be seen in any organization.

7.5.  Add visual power to your words and ideas.

The best communicators remember that things reinforced through two “gates,” the ear gate and the eye gate, are far more powerful. We all know that, but do we always consider it when the message just has to get through

7.6. Don’t just repeat your words, multiply them.

Ask not how many times a day you can say the same thing—ask who else would benefit from this message and how you can get it to them? Are you the kind of communicator who mentally inventories every one of your publics when you work hard on a message to see if anyone else should get it?

Are you the kind of leader who has a little program running in the software of your mind when you are writing an e-mail—a program that asks, “Does everyone on this project feel they are totally clued in? Could anyone else in the organization benefit from knowing about this?” To have an organizational culture where everyone is on a level playing field in knowledge, you have to set the example. You have to spread information, especially leadership thoughts, far and wide in the organization.

–        Steps to Strong Christian Leadership

 

 
We need more Christian leadership! These days it seems like Christians simply aren’t willing to stand up and lead. Even Christian leaders seem to be afraid to exercise true Christian leadership, often kowtowing to the whims and feelings of those around them.

8.1.         Know your beliefs and purpose.

True Christian leadership involves standing up for beliefs and leading others in the direction of truth. To do that effectively, the Christian leader must first of all know what his beliefs are and what direction he is leading Christians. The Bible tells us to “study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” (II Tim. 2:15, KJV) Before we can lead others effectively, we must have firm knowledge of the truth of the Bible.

8.2.        Lead with love and fairness.

Christian leadership also involves leading with love and justice. Paul admonished us: “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Eph. 4:1-3, KJV) When we exercise Christian leadership, we must operate in an attitude and spirit of love and patient guidance. Christian leadership should not be a dominating, aggressive, attacking sort of leadership; rather it should be full of grace and encouragement.

8.3.        Delegate effectively.

For effective Christian leadership, effective delegation is necessary. You need to place the right task with the correct individual. Learn what the current skill sets and skill levels are of those you are leading. Effective Christian leadership involves asking questions, watching closely, and evaluating wisely before giving tasks to those being led. If you give people tasks to which they are not well fitted, you set them up for failure and you will tend to receive mediocre results. By knowing before delegating tasks what the skills are of those you supervise or lead, you can more effectively match tasks with skills.

8.4.        Get involved.

Be willing to help with the task at hand. Once again, having a humble, patient and understanding demeanor works wonders when delegating work. Although the workers may all be on the same “team” (they are all working because they want to and want to further the cause), they may not want to be led by someone who either has never performed the task at hand or is unwilling to do some of the work.

TOGETHER

EVERRYONE

ACHIEVE

MORE

That is what team stand for.

In summary, Christian leadership not only involves some of the same skills non Christian leadership employs, but also brings into play a non-tangible element, that of the expected attitude of the Christian. In the non Christian leadership roles, we may feel we can tell people what to do and simply expect it to be done, but in a Christian leadership role, there are lot of questions instead of doing what we supposed to be doing.

9.        CONCLUSION.

9.1.         A leader is a motivator of others. [People in different given sphere]

¨             Show the people where they are going.

¨             Show the people the results already achieved.

¨             Trust those that you have delegated by delegating responsibility wisely, according to their abilities.

¨             Respect and take people serious.

¨             Make activities enjoyable.

¨             Train leaders thoroughly for their work.

¨             Appreciate those people under your supervision whenever necessary.

¨             When the people you lead are disappointed, raise their morale.

¨             Encourage those that you are leading continuously.

¨             Make them feel very important and special.

¨             Give awards in public where necessary.

¨             Treat people equally without any favouritism.

¨             Access each and every member of the team equally for the task given.

¨             Have constructive criticism for all of the team members.

¨             Be a good example at all times to all the team members and people at large.

¨             Show pastoral concern and love (agape i.e. love without expecting anything back in particular) for all.

9.2.        Leadership Traits

Influential
Leaders are able to influence others by helping them see what needs to be done and then demonstrates the path forward.
The most influential leaders inspire us without us even being aware of it – leading by example. Did you ever see someone pick up a piece of trash off the street and feel compelled to join in?

 Big Picture Thinker


People often get stuck in their own little corner of the world and need help seeing things from a bird’s eye view.
Leaders are big picture thinkers and see things from a broad perspective. They get people excited about what they’re doing by painting a picture that allows them to see why, what they do, is important.
Painting this big picture helps employees and volunteers recognize how their work impacts those whom the church is reaching.

 

1.    Believe the Best in People

Effective leaders always give others the benefit of the doubt (“a favorable judgment given in the absence of full evidence”) and believe the best in people. A true leader first gathers all of the facts before drawing a final conclusion. They postpone reaction to negative information until they are able to gather all of the facts and have a good understanding of the event or situation

 

2.   Teacher and Mentor


Leaders are gifted teachers and love to help others develop. They model leadership principles and help others to identify personal growth and professional development opportunities. They are not threatened by people who are smarter than they are and they take pleasure in seeing others succeed. They are comfortable delegating responsibilities and enjoy seeing others develop. Pulling people up behind us is how we all grow.

3.   Master Delegator

The best lessons are learned by making mistakes, and allowing others to gain knowledge from their own mistakes, is an invaluable lesson. Leaders develop others by delegating responsibilities, allowing them to make mistakes and helping them learn from their blunders. All of us have a starting point in our professional development, and allowing others to learn through their own experiences, helps them to gain self-confidence and grow professionally.

4.   Empower Others

Leaders empower others and recognize that making front-line decisions, and taking risks, are part of the development and learning process. People need to be comfortable taking risks, making decisions, and learning from their mistakes.
Establishing boundaries and allowing others to test decision-making, and problem solving, not only helps with employee development but also takes the bottleneck out of addressing customer issues—whether they are internal (employee to employee) or external (organization to customer).
The most important aspect of this is not allowing the employees (or volunteers) to feel like they are hanging out there by themselves. Debriefing after a mistake is made, and coaching them to think of what might have been a better approach, is part of the learning process. It is very much like parenting: sometimes you need to allow your kids to fall down and pick themselves back up. That is how they learn.

7. Team Player
Leaders are team players and work well with others to get things done. They operate out of a win-win philosophy and help others to collaborate and come to agreement in tasks. They are skilled at managing team dynamics and work to develop team cohesiveness. They do this by holding team members accountable for their actions and keeping them focused on the team goal.

 8. Celebrates Successes
Effective leaders are able to recognize success and help their team celebrate those achievements. This is a critical component of team function and development.
Rewarding performance and showing appreciation by celebrating successes, helps to keep team members engaged. Celebrating even small successes provides the motivation and fuel to go after the bigger targets – no success is too small to celebrate!

10.       Sharing the gospel in five minutes

SHARING THE GOSPEL IN FIVE MINUTES.

Sharon Baptist Church Soul winning campaign.

By Pastor John Sigudla

The big cry: what must I do to be saved? Acts 16:30-31 the answer lays with us as Christians.

  First greet the person nicely and request his permission to share the love of God. And introduce yourself, you name and watch at your language.

  Do not condemn the person and whatever is doing at that moment.

  Do not force the person to listen to you if he/she doesn’t want to listen.

  After the sharing, pray with the person and thank him

1.     For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
Romans 3:23

2.    For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

3.    For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. John 3:16-17

4.    For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ
1 Thessalonians 5:9

5.    Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6

6.    Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Our greatest mandate is to answer the people and quench their cry. Acts 2:38

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Matthew 28:18-20

What must I do to be saved? Acts 16:30-31.

Dumela mo go Morena Jeso, Mme o tla pholosiwa, wena le bantlo ya gago.

The Bible is a big book with lots of information.  There is information about God, the origin of the universe, mankind, sin, salvation, Israel, the church, the future, etc.  It’s my opinion that a good teacher knows the Bible well enough that he/she can delve into its depths and provide solid biblical answers to life’s biggest questions.  However, I also believe a good teacher should be able to condense a lot of information and—without compromising accuracy—give a short answer in plain language (Charles Ryrie has impressed me with his ability to do this very thing).  Over the years I’ve worked to take the essentials of the Gospel message and present it quickly and concisely.  In one sense, the Gospel can be as simple as 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, John 3:16, or Acts 16:31.  However, these verses, as wonderful as they are, do not answer some of the issues that stand behind them. 

 

 

 

 Originally published on Pastor Vusimusi John Sigudla’s Site

[1] Effective refers to dynamic life changing leadership.

Food for the thought Bread of life: WHEN YOU WRITE AN EXAMINATION, THE TEACHER IS QUIET By Pastor Vusimusi John Sigudla

Date: 16/07/2018

71The suffering you sent was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your principles. Psalm 119:71

 

  1. There is a teaching time that god provide for each and every one of us. Then there is a testing or examination time to see whether we had learned during the lecture periods.

When we go to Church and learn the Word in our conferences, God is preparing us for an Examination. Any Examination is very tough and frightening and not refreshing.  We are therefore being prepared for the toughest times of the test of our faith.

 

  1. DURING THE EXAMINATION THE TEACHER IS QUIET.
  • Have you ever seen a teacher, teaching during examination time? No!! That is not allowed. You learn now what you are going to recall when you write your examination.
  • During examination, cell phones are not allowed in the exam room.
  • During examination, friends are not allowed in the exam room.
  • During the examination, speaking is not allowed in the exam room.
  • During examination, study is not allowed in the exam room.
  • During examination, going up and down is not allowed in the Exam room.
  • During the examination, calling your friends and the love ones is not allowed in the exam room.
  • During your examination, you are not allowed to request for answers from others.
  • During the examination even your teacher who might happen to be your cousin, brother, father, mother or Uncle, they stay away from you.

 

There is also a specific time frame for your exams, you don’t write your exam for the rest of the day. But that 2hours of your exam is like 5 hours.

 

  1. APPLICATION IN OUR LIVES
  • Testing as Christians is exactly like what I have written, about taking an Examination.
  • The great Teacher Jesus, become quiet, saying nothing to you and you will depend on the knowledge you learned in the Classroom of the Christian journey, learned from the Holy Spirit.
  • During those trialing times, Christian friends become minimal.
  • Those who use to phone you, they cease phoning.
  • Verses that you use to quote for others disappears.
  • Your Christian brothers and sisters seems to be very far or aloof from you.
  • No one is interested in speaking to you a word of encouragement.
  • Going to Church become very difficult and you are bored by even the Bible.
  • Prayer become a big burden.
  • If all these things are happening to you, you must know that you are going through a serious examination and your Teacher, Rabbi, Mentor, Jesus, is quiet. You try to pray and your prayers hit the ceiling. You try to cry, and no one take you serious. You try to communicate, no one is communicating back. You try to fast, it also become very hard to complete the fasting as you use to do.

 

 

You are indeed writing a spiritual Examination, and once you pass it, you will be taken to the next level of God’s dimensions.

Hence David said in this Psalm:

71The suffering you sent was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your principles. Psalm 119:71

 

Hallelujah

Don’t faint away, God has his own exams for each and every one of us. It all depends on the spiritual standard that you are doing at the moment.

 

Shalom and be blessed.

 

John Sigudla

Devotionalist.

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Originally posted on Pastor Vusimusi John Sigudla’s site

 

Leading Simply

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When a leader leads simply, he or she gives clarity for a chosen path to help others reach a desired vision. Action and outcome needs to be communicated in such a way that everyone involved knows their part for reaching the ultimate goal, and this communication is the leader’s responsibility. Complexity is the enemy of clarity and the larger an organization grows, the greater the need for continued clearness. Leading simply by choice may alleviate confusion and provide greater focus for an entire team.

Leading simply requires you to work deep and wide. Your influence should go deep to the needs and reach many with the redemptive work of the Kingdom. Leadership is about influencing people to grasp on to the vision, and that happens by leading simply and with focus. Invest in the team that will help to navigate through the vision by valuing their role.

A vision will require you to carve out a distinct culture that reflects the needs that only your gathering of Christ followers can meet; it sets your church apart. If you’re a leader, ask yourself, how are we as a church going to add value to the lives of the people we encounter every day? It isn’t about making everyone happy as they enter through your building doors, but instead, it is about bringing value to their lives. The influence of a strong leader requires not only a person who executes and champions the vision but also a leader who can take the time to invest in the conversations of those they lead. Opening the minds of those in their community and taking the time to not only hear but also to listen will help to further the vision. Understanding a church culture and refining the ability to truly listen to others is essential to simple leadership.

Let’s examine one additional benefit from leading simply – power. Power comes from simplicity and a true leader will need to take time to refocus and remember why they are in their current leadership role. Every church can make a spiritual mark on its community, and a strong leader will be able to see where the church can make a difference. This is the environment where God has placed your church to serve, so within your position of leadership, can you identify how God is calling you reach others? This is a powerful position to be called to and it’s integral that a leader is able to refocus and realign him or herself with simplicity in leadership while navigating multiple opportunities for a congregation.

In the Quietness the Lord speaks the Loudest

As a leader, listen to how God is speaking to you and explore what He might be calling you to this upcoming year. What are three things you can do to step further into where God is calling you to lead deeply and wider? What are the risks you’re willing to take to give up your plans and be prepared for whatever He has in mind for His church?

Stripping away the complexities of leadership and slowing the pace will require patience, maybe even long suffering as the answers are not revealed quickly. On a regular basis it is essential for a leader to look back to the initial questions of “What are we doing?” and “Why are we doing it?” and just as important, “Where do I fit in?” Everyone needs to have a game plan and know their place on the playing field. It keeps focus and clarity; and the end goal should always be in site. These three simple questions can keep a leader focused in almost every scenario.

Growth will require a leader to return to simplicity. Leading simply will calm the chaos, streamline the what, where, why and how we lead, and perhaps reap a harvest of changed lives for the Kingdom.

God Speaks through Meditation

 

“I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.”

–Psalm 119:15

 

 

The spiritual discipline of meditation does for the heart of a Christian what nutrients and good soil do for the seed of a plant. Through meditation the seed of God’s word takes root and produces life-giving, abundant fruit. Richard Foster in his book Celebration of Discipline wrote, “The purpose of meditation is to enable us to hear God more clearly. Meditation is listening, sensing, heeding the life and light of Christ. This comes right to the heart of our faith. The life that pleases God is not a set of religious duties; it is to hear His voice and obey His word. Meditation opens the door to this way of living.”

The Christian practice of meditation is, at its core, ruminating on the word of God. Meditation creates space for the Spirit to speak directly to our hearts and apply God’s word to our lives. When we ruminate on a passage of Scripture like Lamentations 3:22, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end,” we give God space to reveal all the ways in which his mercy and steadfast love are available to us. Meditation creates a pathway for Scripture to go past our minds and affect change within our hearts.

Another powerful aspect of Christian meditation is mulling over the character of God. Sometimes when I feel hopeless I will take a few passages of Scripture about the hope God provides and meditate on them. And in the process of meditating on God’s perfect character my thoughts, perspectives, and emotions come in line with the unchanging nature of my heavenly Father. Meditating on who God is powerfully affects the way we view the world. It’s for this reason Psalm 1:1-3 declares,

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.

Take time to meditate on Scripture today. Make space to listen to God and apply the seed of his word. Ruminate on his unchanging, perfect character. May your day be filled with abundant life as you bear the fruit of meditation.

 

1. Choose a verse or aspect of God’s character to meditate on.

2. Make space to hear from God as you meditate on his word or character. Allow the Spirit to apply God’s word to your life as you meditate. Allow God’s character to lay a foundation for your emotions.

“I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways.” Psalm 119:15

3. Now take note of how the verse or phrase seems to have made an impact in the way you think, feel, or desire to act. Rejoice in the power of God’s word to transform lives and hearts.

 

Meditation should be a daily practice for Christians. God’s word was never meant to just be understood but to be alive and active in his children. Scripture is meant to direct us into becoming more like Jesus both internally and externally in our actions. Meditating is one of the best tools God has given us in taking the Bible from words on a page to a living and active lifestyle. May engaging in meditation transform your spiritual life into one filled with joy, power and fruit of the Spirit.

 

 

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