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Developing Your Leadership

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Leadership is a word that is applied across many different areas. Children and teenagers can be leaders as well as older adults, and leadership exists in many different occupations including education, medical, religious and finance. So with such a broad range of leadership, how can each person learn how to lead? One person may lead in their job, at home, at church or on a sports team, with each leadership position having different aspects the person has to learn.

I believe that every follower of Jesus can develop their leadership so they are ready to lead in whatever sphere God calls them to be a leader. The area of leadership I want to focus on is servant leadership with Jesus as the ultimate example of servant leadership. During the last few days of Jesus’ life on earth, He participated in what is known as “the Last Supper” with His disciples (John 13:1-17). The disciples were being trained (discipled) to carry the message of Jesus as the only way for salvation. They were being trained “to lead.” The custom during this time of John 13 was for the host to arrange to wash feet since they sat on the floor at a low table. A servant, or house help, usually was the one who washed feet. As Jesus and the disciples were getting ready to eat Jesus went around the table to wash the feet of the disciples. Wait! Jesus, the Son of God, did the job of a servant? Jesus did this to show that a leader in Christ joyfully serves others even in the lowest tasks. He said, “So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done for you” (John 13:14-15). 

This is an area I am striving for day by day. One of the gifts God has given me is delegation and I tend to get people involved in various aspects of ministry. I remind myself often that I have to also get my hands dirty if I am asking others to get their hands dirty. To lead and not also be a servant is the opposite of Jesus’ leadership. Being a servant leader is one of the most important aspects of leadership that applies to all spheres of leading and not just at church. Others will see the difference in leadership if we lead the way Jesus calls us to lead versus the way the world tells us to lead. You may even be able to lead some to Christ through your servant leadership! Take a step in that direction. As adopted sons and daughters of God we are all leaders for both this present time and for eternity.

Jeff White
Associate Pastor of Families & Missions
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The Joys of Meeting With My Church Small Group

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I have been meeting with a group of people from church for two years in my home on Sunday evenings. The group has changed some over time as people have moved out of Wichita Falls and some have moved in. We have consistently studied Scripture together and talked about our daily walk with Jesus. The longer we have been together the more open we have become in sharing our failures as well as our successes in our relationship with Christ. We have challenged one another when necessary and rejoiced with each other in victories. The New Testament is filled with “one another” passages about how we relate to one another. My small group has grown in these areas as we care for one another, love one another and encourage one another. We have wept with those in our group who have wept and rejoiced with those who have rejoiced. We spend time eating together each week after our time of Bible study and we spend time praying for one another as well during our weekly time together. We believe Experiencing God Together with a small group is a crucial part of being a maturing disciple of Jesus and this group has helped all of us grow in our relationship with Christ and others.

I have watched many people who have attended church but never made the effort to be involved with a small group for deeper discipleship and to know and be known by others. Many times those people slowly drift away from the church with nobody to follow up with them and hold them accountable. Or when things in life get tough, they simply drop their nominal involvement in the church. My small group is committed to meeting together regularly as the Scriptures instruct (Hebrews 10:24-25). If someone misses, we know why they are not there and what is happening in their life. We are able to minister to them in their times of hurt and chaos. We speak life from God’s Word to each other in the various situations that life throws at us.

I have said for the four years of being back on staff at Faith that I do not know how people can go through difficult times apart from Christ and not only that but apart from a small group of believers in the local church to walk with through life. Being a follower of Jesus is joyful but it is not always easy. Difficulties will come in this life and having a group of people who will encourage, challenge and walk with us through those difficulties while pointing us to Jesus is necessary.

As I learned during the Life Action Thirst Revival Conference, questions are a great way to see where we are in our spiritual walk:

  1. Are you involved in a small group or Sunday School group at Faith Baptist?
    1. If so, are you actively engaged in Experiencing God Together with others in that group or merely an attender?
    2. If not, what step will you take to become an active participant in a small group?
  2. Who can you invite to Experience God Together through your small group?

 

 Jeff White
Associate Pastor of Families/Missions
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