A Leader Must Depend on God

There are 3 areas in every leader's life that they should be relying on God for.

There are 3 areas in every leader's life that they should be relying on God for.

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Many leaders rely on worldly things to help them lead. Things like computers, other people, or any other of a number of things. They think that they will lead better if they have something to rely on. But all of those things are imperfect; they fail, they break, or they just do not help.

There is only one thing you can rely on that will always be perfect, that will never fail, and that is God. He is the source of every leader’s authority, whether they know it or not. God wants us to rely on Him, and as a leader, we should in three key areas.

First, we should trust in God. God is the only being that is perfect. Do you not think it would be wise to trust in the only perfect being in existence? God desires, and created us for that purpose. As a leader, our authority comes from God, so we should trust in his judgment. When we are faced with difficult situations or tough people, we must trust in God to help us get through them.

Second, we should put our faith in God’s plan. After all, He is perfect, so He has a perfect plan for your life. This does not mean that your life will be without pain, suffering, trials, and difficulties; it means that God has planned these things to help you grow and know Him more. So as a leader you must recognize that when unexpected events happen, they happen for a reason and you should make the most of them. When you trust in God and have faith in His plan for you, your life will gain meaning and purpose. You will start to see all the little things God does for you, and then you will be able to help lead others and show them these things as well. But there is one last key area in which we should depend on God.

Lastly, we must not worry. God wants us to trust in Him and have faith in His plans for us and when we worry, we show our doubt for his supreme power and planning. Jesus says in the New Testament, “Do not worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself” (Matthew 6:34). He is saying don’t worry! I have a plan and you should trust me with this. Yet not only does God call us to not worry, it will actually benefit us to not worry. Worry and anxiety are one of the big causes of stress. So when you give your worries to God, you will help decrease the stress in your life.

So how can you depend on God more? Have you been trusting Him in all areas of your life? If you have not been, do not worry, it is a slow process to change years of patterns and habits, but do not try to change on your own, ask God for help, and seek out someone else who is also willing to support you.

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Trust in God, have faith in God’s plan, and do not worry!

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Refusing to Lead

What are your thoughts on refusing to lead? Peter Rollins make some good points in his video. I think the heart of wisdom and learning to hear the voice of God helps us to know when we should counsel, push back, comfort, sit in silence etc when talking to others.

After I created this post I just got an email from our director with the following from Dave Browning along the same subject.

A pastor was telling me about a new group that was forming in his Worship Center. The group was going to be led by Chris (not his real name), who is a former pot-smoker. Some of those coming to the group are going to be people from his old pot circle. The pastor said to me, “There’s a part of me that wants to be at these group meetings.” He was concerned that he these young adults might slip into their old behaviors if he wasn’t present. I told him that I understood his concern but that he should not give into the temptation to baby sit.

Carefully consider the implications to your long-term ministry if you “need to be there” to keep bad things from happening:

First, if you need to be there, you are not displaying a very high level of trust in God’s spirit. Before Jesus left earth he told us that he would send his spirit “to be with us forever” and “to guide us into all truth.” We need to take God up on his promise. There needs to only be one Holy Spirit. You are not it.

Second, if you need to be there, you are not displaying a very high level of trust in your people. You are saying, “I can’t trust you to be outside my sight.” Do you want them to lead from inner integrity, or outward compulsion?

Third, if you need to be there, after awhile your volunteer leader will realize that he doesn’t need to be there. This is the same challenge foreign missionaries face. When the chips are down, the natives all look at the “white face” in the room. As a pastor your authority and influence will eclipse that of the volunteer. Get out of his way so he can execute his ministry.

Fourth, if you need to be there, you are limiting the scope of your ministry to the places where and times when you can be there. Do you really want to do that? I didn’t think so. Most churches in America or less than 75 people, and one of the reasons is that is the number of people that a person can pastor directly. Greater effectiveness is found when a pastor spends more time working on the ministry than in the ministry.

This does not mean that this pastor should not spend time with Chris, mentoring him and supporting him in his ministry. In fact, I would say that there is not a more important meeting on that pastor’s calendar. Equipping Chris to do the work of the ministry is precisely what God has called that pastor to do. Just be careful to not cross the line into co-dependency. As a father in the faith you have to let your children go. You have to trust God to keep them from falling.

When you think about it, what was really impressive about the serial-planting ministries of the Apostle Paul or John Wesley is not how may places they went, but how many places they left.

Dave Browning