Leadership seems to be a constant topic for church staff especially in relation to developing leaders who lead well in the church. Often the view is that leadership training done inside the church is only for use within the ministries of the church. When leadership has a narrow view, believers are not as interested in attending leadership classes, watching leadership videos or learning from articles and books on leadership.
A better view of leadership is seeing that leadership is applied through many facets of life. One may be a Sunday School leader and a deacon within the church, and that same person may be the lead director for a department in his job, lead his wife and children and serve as a volunteer soccer coach in the local soccer association. If the view of leadership is limited or compartmentalized, it is limiting when and where you can serve the Lord. One who is a leader in the church should also be leading outside the walls of the church building. The same biblical principles that are used for church leadership can be applied in coaching young boys or girls in soccer while leading their parents as well. “Whatever you do, do it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people” is a word from Paul in Colossians. The context is living your life for the Lord in your home and at work. The Bible does not put faith in compartments. Faith is not limited to the church building so leadership in a biblical way is not limited to Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights.
In my limited number of years in ministry I have watched as men and women lead one way in their church but do not apply the same principles when leading outside the church. Employees are not cared for, husbands or wives are not loved and children are treated as a nuisance while at church the same person cares for those in their Sunday School, shows a genuine love for those around them and is willing to bend over backwards so kids can have the best experience possible. There cannot be a disconnect in using leadership to serve the Lord in the church and leading the way the world leads outside the church.
Are you excited about growing as a leader to be able to lead well in the church AND lead well in the other parts of your life? Have you thought about the training and discipleship you receive at church being applied to serving the Lord outside the church? Opportunities exist at Faith Baptist to develop as a leader but you must have a bigger view than just serving the Lord for an hour a week to get excited about the opportunities. What if Faith became a training ground for leadership and believers in Christ went out from Faith to serve the Lord in their homes, jobs, schools and other areas of life? My prayer is that you would broaden your view of how God can use your leadership for the sake of His name in Wichita Falls and among the nations.