January 9, 2010

Christian Leaders: The Difference from Yesterday and Today

This morning I attended a discipleship development/leadership training session this morning at the church where I am an intern for pastoral ministry.

Our group consisted of six men whom the pastor had felt God had wanted the pastor to train and develop as future leaders in ministry.

Phil Morgan, Senior Pastor at First Assembly of God in Brookfield, CT had asked us to read the first five chapters of the book, Spiritual Leadership - Principles of Excellence for Every Believer by J. Oswald Sanders before this morning's session.

I thank God for the pastor's obedience to His direction concerning this and for his willingness to invest himself into the lives of other men, for the advancement of the kingdom and for the glory of God. He's actively living Matthew 28:19-20 and 2 Timothy 2:2 as all pastors should.

We were discussing what leadership is and what some examples of it were and one of the guys made this comment, which I've revised a little bit and added to it myself too, but the substance of what was said is still there.
The difference between today's Christian leaders and the early NT church leaders: one seeks fame, popularity and blessing, while the other sought only to glorify God through winning souls to Christ. Money and #'s seem to motivate one in ministry (today) over humility and servanthood (then). One is like Jesus, the other, like Judas.

My friend Rick Silvera added, "When last have you heard this verse claimed..."I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God," (Colossians 1:24-25).

"The spiritual leader is focused on the service he and she can render to God and other people, not on the residuals and perks of high office or holy title," J. Oswald Sanders.


Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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