Saturday, November 8, 2014

Responsibility in Leadership

According to Merriam-Webster, leadership is the office or position of a leader, the capacity to lead, and the act or instance of leading. I am currently in my last class on leadership, and it is fascinating to learn about the traits that make a great leader. Leadership is attractive to people for many reasons. I know that I first aspired to go into leadership to make a difference in the lives of other people. As a child, I received so many benefits from Lutheran schools - caring teachers, quality education, and most importantly, a deep faith in an almighty God. I have been privileged to work with some impressive leaders over the years who took the time to train me. Leadership is not always about the glory, the power, or the great things we do. Sometimes, it is tough. Our Lutheran schools are going to need leaders who are prepared for the responsibilities that come with them. What better place to look for examples than God's Word?
  1. Are you prepared to make the right decisions even if you are alone? In Genesis 6, God tells Noah to build a boat because he is going to destroy the world. Noah did not have a team of supporters encouraging to build that boat. He did it because God told him to do so. How are you making decisions as you serve in ministry because they are the right thing to do?
  2. Do you embrace the unknown? God told Abraham to leave the comfort of his hometown and go to a new place in Genesis 12. How are you doing something different in your ministry?
  3. Are you enduring in spite of your circumstances? God orchestrated the events in Joseph's life to make him second in command to Pharaoh. He had a vision from God to sustain them in difficult times. Are you prepared to help your ministry during difficult times.
  4. Do you stand up for your people? In Exodus 3, Moses gave every excuse as to why he was not the person for the job. When he finally answers God's call, he goes to Pharaoh and tell him to let his people go. They were his native people, and he stood up for their freedom. As leaders, are we prepared to stand up for the people we serve?
  5. Do we lead by example rather than commanding others? In Joshua 24, Joshua tells his people that his house will serve the Lord. The people answer in a united voice that they will serve God. Joshua didn't tell them to serve God or threaten them to do so. They did it by following His example. As leaders, what example do we set for those we lead?
  6. Are we afraid of challenges? In 1 Samuel 17, a small boy named David defeats a 9-foot Goliath. The Israelites thought the challenge was too great, but David had the conviction and strength to do so. How are you facing the giants in your ministry?
  7. Do we rise to the occasion? In Isaiah 6, God asks for a prophet for His people. Isaiah responds, "Here am I. Send me!" He doesn't wait to see if someone else will do it. He has initiative. They speak up and make decisions. How are you taking action in your ministry?
  8. Do you know how to recover from failure? Peter denies Jesus three times, realizes what he has done, and weeps bitterly. In Acts 2, Peter gives the first sermon after Jesus' ascension. Leaders don't become discouraged when they fail. They have the problem solving skills to carry on. How do you recover from your mistakes in ministry?
  9. Are you passionate about what you do? In Acts 9, Paul changes his mind. He goes from violently opposing Christianity to spreadin the Gospel throughout the world. He has a sense of purpose and feels compelled to lead. How are serving passionately in your ministry?
  10. Are you a servant? In John 13, Jesus, the King of kings, washes the feet of his disciples. He focuses on serving those who follow Him. What an excellent example of teamwork! How are you serving others in your ministry?
Finally, remember the responsibilities that are truly God's decisions. We are his workmanship, but it is by His grace that we are saved. It is not our doing, but it is a gift of God. We can only boast because of Him!

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