The leadership key

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Firstly leadership is, and always will be, one of the most significant keys in the Kingdom of God.

In simple terms, leadership is a key component to how the kingdom of God functions.. We all follow the leadership of God and his appointed people and structures. The Kingdom of God functions on order

When God grows a church, He also expects the leadership to grow. As God adds to the numbers, He wants to add to the leadership as well, both numerically and in terms of capacity and maturity.

The key question you must ask is are you capable, and are you mature as a leader?

 

There is a clear leadership crisis in the church:

Too few leaders
Ill equipped leaders
Lectured and untrained leaders
Disciples who view the training as information and not transformation
Lack of commitment to the work in the long run. Make a commitment, an irrevocable commitment, to be a leader because God has called you.

 

Luke 9:62 says, “No one who puts his hand to the plough and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”

In a healthy New Testament church, there should be a constant pool of ‘equipped and ready’ people who are available when they are needed.

Fulfilling our destiny begins with an irrevocable commitment to everything that God calls us to, and a determination never to turn back. You must be willing to pay the price.

 

The Leadership Key

The only thing on the planet that Jesus died for is people. The only thing on the earth that Jesus is building is the Church, His people.

He is not building businesses, governments, political powers or armed forces. The Church is all that He is building. He is not even building families, good self-image, or fortunes, at least not outside of His plan for the Church.

There is nothing else on the planet in which God dwells but His people; His redeemed, Blood-washed people. He has a very clear picture of what His Church should be, and leadership plays a key role in His plan to make it what He designed it to be raising up and releasing the right kind of leadership is one of the keys to implement that. In all of what God is doing, the God-given gift of leadership is vital.

God’s work cannot be done without building an administration of leaders that is based on the whole Bible – a truly Kingdom-minded leadership. We have to be whole Bible (both Testament) Christians, and we have to interpret all of the Old through the New. We become legalistic if we interpret the Old without the New, and we can become licentious if we interpret the New without the Old.

You need faithful men with anointing, a call of God and the recognition of the people to do it.

In Paul’s instruction to Timothy in 1 Timothy 5:22 he says: “Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.” The reason that we should not be too quick to lay hands on people to ordain them into an office of leadership in the church is because leadership plays such a key role.

The early church released leadership in the fear of God. Acts 13:1-3

The kind of leaders that we release will determine how effective we will become, and how long that effectiveness will last. We need to be different leaders from what we are today if we are going to keep counting into the future, and if we are going to be as effective as God wants us to be, for as long as He wants us to be.

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