Monday, May 3, 2010

Weekly Message

Leadership in the Church Context

by Rev. James Wong

Our vision is to advance the Gospel through leadership and discipleship. I believe, strong spiritual leadership will impact the church directly and our ultimate purpose is to make disciples, not just church attendees.

Here are a few thoughts on leadership in the ministry context for this week.

1. A leader must lead with a vision. A leader must know where he is going and what he wants. The success of any ministry in the church depends largely on the direction given by the leader. Therefore, anyone who serves God must be vision driven. You must answer the question “what has God called me to do?” In other words, what do I actually want to see in the work that I believe God has called me to do?” When Moses led the people out of Egypt, the destination was absolutely clear— ’to the Promise Land given by God.’ Nothing happens unless a leader takes the lead. The leader must take the lead and provide the direction and rally the cooperation of the group to move towards a goal that they believe God has called them to do. Without a clear vision we may end up being ‘blind guides’ (Matthew 15:14).

2. Relationship precedes vision. No matter how good the vision is, nothing happens if the leaders’ relationship with his team is one of unresolved disagreements and unhappiness. In the church context, relationship comes first. A leader must check his attitude and the way he relates to others. Is he repelling people or he attracts people to him. He must learn the skill of building relationships and the bible has a lot of teachings on this. One of the simplest ways is learn to smile to people and learn to be a humble person. Leaders earn their respects by overlooking wrongs (Proverbs 19:11). Relationship determines the morale of the group. No one would like to serve in a ministry that is characterized by strives and discord.

3. A leader must set the pace. If a leader is not enthusiastic, the rest of the team members can hardly be enthusiastic. If a leader is dragging his feet and not taking the initiative, the rest of the team members can’t move forward. The pace and the attitude of the leader will ultimate influence the excitement of the group. A indolent leader will undermine the potential of the group. A leader is not born, it is learned. We must set the pace in the ministry we serves. Leadership is accountable to the result of any ministry. The hard facts of life is that, the success or failure of any ministry lies in the leadership. Yet, God has called many of us to leadership roles and serve in the various ministries of his church, and we must rise up and be accountable. If a ministry fails, leadership in that ministry has failed. Let us rise to the challenge.

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