EZEKIEL COLLEGE OF THEOLOGY (ANGLICAN COMMUNION) 2013 GRADUATION RETREAT AND SERVICE HELD ON 5TH JUNE, 2013
BY RT REVD. DR. J. AKIN ATERE
TOPIC: EQUIPPING FOR VISIONARY LEADERSHIP (MAXIMIZING YOUR LEADERSHIP POTENTIALS
Making full proof of your ministry.
Some succeed because they are destined to but most succeed because they are determined to.
2 Tim 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry
Col 4:17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
Zeal/Passion for your Assignment.
Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars.
Isa 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Num 25:13 And he shall have it, and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel.
Self Development – HIV – Having Insufficient Vision
A leader must have unquenchable thirst for knowledge. Pro 25:2. It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
You teach what you know but only reproduce what you are…
A man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life. – Muhammad Ali
Planning/Goal Setting. Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now. Alan Lakein
Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” –Carl Sandburg
Failure is not reaching your goal, but in having no goal to reach.
It doesn’t matter where you have been, what matters is where you are going.
Take Action Now- No Excuses
Phil 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Phi 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. (Perseverance)
Psa 78:9 The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle. (Hos 7:8)
“..The H.A.L.T. principle: Never make an important decision when you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired.”
‘My basic principle is that you don’t make decisions because they are cheap; you make them because they’re right’. -Theodore Hesburgh
Nothing will even be attempted if all possible objections must first be overcome.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Chinese Proverb
“The men who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed.” Lloyd Jones
“I can’t do it” never yet accomplished anything; “I will try” has performed wonders.”- George P. Burnham
Ninety-nine per cent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.
What are the common excuses ministers give for not delivering?
- Cultural shock…
- Spiritual attacks….
The Force of Commitment .
Commitment means doing the thing you said you will do, long after the mood in which you said it has left you.
Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
2 Cor 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
Recruiting and Acknowledging the Right People
2 Tim 4:11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.
Acts 12:25 And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark.
1 Cor 16:15-18
15 I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)
16 That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth.
17 I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied.
18 For they have refreshed my spirit and yours: therefore acknowledge ye them that are such.
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
Principles for Effective Mobilization.
- Don’t be too proud to tell people you need help.
- Be less interested in who gets the credit, provided the desired goal is attained and God glorified.
- Let the spirit of ‘working with’ and not ‘working for’ be the driving force.
- Put those who have the most zeal or enthusiasm for the task in the forefront. Those who will command the respect and followership, not because they have money but because they know the goal and they are ready/available.
- Give challenges, motivate, encourage, rebuke and frown at laziness, measure progress from time to time, build on people’s strengths not weakness.
- Make provision for developing new potentials so that you can have enough manpower any time and from generation to come. Adopt the D-D-D principle: Discover, Develop, Demonstrate.
- The goal must be to have success, not just to have your way.
- Employ the law of inner circle – The potentials of every leader can be greatly enhanced by people closest to him Matt 17:1
- Identify and avoid those with the spirit of setback and distraction, always criticizing but never having a positive input. They are usually in the minority but sometimes very vocal.
- A God-borne love for the members, to lead yourself use your heart, to lead others, use your heart. People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.
Team Work- case study: ‘A successful team is a. group of many hands but of one mind’ – Bill Bethel
Neh 1:2-11—work must be people-oriented
Neh 2:4-8 …Motive, goal and time frame defined
Neh 2:12…recruit a few persons at first
Neh. 2:17-18…mobilization- people must be told how their interest is represented…We, us, not I, me or mine Matt 19:27-30
Neh 3:1-32… team work, coordination and supervision
Neh 4:9,17-21…Watch and pray
Neh 2:19, 4.8,14…handling distraction and detractors…know those to ignore and those to resist. Eccl 7:21
Ref Gen 11:1-8, Rom 12.6-11
Vision and the People…Prov 29:18, Hab 1:1, 2:2-3
I am convinced that nothing we do is more important than hiring and developing people. At the end of the day, you bet on people, not on strategies-Larry Bossidy, CEO, Allied Signal
Vision is God-given burden, idea or an objective that places a heavy demand on a person’s time and attention, such that he or she becomes restless until something is done to address the particular need or challenge. Where there is vision there is provision.
Prov.29:18 [NIV] explains vision as foresight or revelation that empowers a person with a sense of direction and purpose. A leader should see further than and before others. People need a goal to galvanize them; men naturally follow leaders stronger than themselves.
From the same womb of vision, a leader births initiative and self motivation;
He that will move the world must first move himself “- Socrates.
A proper vision must be need and people-oriented. The need of the people is the need of the group.
People’s’ needs generally come under the 3 headings: Those who unlock your compassion are those to whom you have been assigned.
- Spiritual [spirit] – good word/prayer atmosphere, evangelism, holiness, faith, love, etc. [Heb.5:12, 1Cor.3:1-2].
- Emotional, social and mental [soul] -care /welfare, marriage, career, education.
- Physical and Material [body] – Health, money, infrastructure, chairs, office/church equipment, vehicles etc.
1 Sam 15:24 And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and thy words: because I feared the people, and obeyed their voice.
You may welcome suggestions from people, but the responsibility for the final decision rests solely on the leader.
The Dilbert Principle: The most ineffective workers are systematically moved to the place where they can do the least damage.
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” NIV
The above passage summarizes the bane of the challenge before us, as we conclude this segment of our study, our attention is drawn to the present reality namely:-
- Fainting of many
- Many scattered abroad
He attributes this lamentable state to the absence of shepherds.
Verse 38 implies that workers must be sent out to address this condition.
Let’s undertake this exercise to stir up ourselves prayerfully unto being more available in the Lord’s hands.
What is your understanding of a church worker?—————————————————–
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If you were the leader in this set up, what changes would you introduce and why?
Do you enjoy the role you are playing in your church right now? Are your gifts being put into maximum use?
Share 2 steps that you intend to take to improve your ministry to this local church.