Friday, January 6, 2012

3 Essentials for every leader

Maybe you are a pastor, elder, or congregational leader. You feel frazzled. There's no clear ministry focus, you feel alone. Take the next five minutes to consider three key ministry priorities that might save your life, the people you lead, and your family.

Jethro, Moses' father-in-law visited Moses in the wilderness; and while he celebrated all that God was doing in delivering the people from 430 years of Egyptian slavery, he was concerned about the pace of Moses life and the way he led the people.

Jethro watched Moses sitting to judge the people, and the people stood around Moses from morning till evening (Exodus 18: 13). He felt Moses’ pace was unsustainable and would surely be a candidate for a major melt down.

Should this happen, Moses would be of little value to the people and the rest of the journey to Canaan. Jethro confronted his son-in-law, “Moses, you can't do this alone; you need to set some key priorities:

3 essentials
1. Focus on prayer (Exodus 18:19): Bring the needs of the people, their lives, their issues, their problems to God. God can minister to his people in far deeper ways than any pastor or leader.

2. Focus on teaching (Exodus 18:20): Many of the issues facing God’s people will be resolved through the rich wisdom of God's word. The people will be empowered to take ownership for their lives and practice what God is teaching them.

3. Focus on leadership development (Exodus 18: 21-22): Instead of going it alone, trying to juggle every leadership ball, share the load. Raise up leaders according to their gifts, their devotion to God, their love for people, and their ability to handle various tasks, and let them care for the needs of the people.

“Moses (you can insert your name here), If you do this, God will direct you, you will be able to endure, and all this people also will go to their place in peace". 

Moses made the shift in how he led and it made all the difference. You can read this wonderful story in Exodus 18: 17-23.

O God, help every leader called by your name to personally embrace a love for prayer, scripture and a passion to see your people grow in ministry. 

Question: Do you think these three priorities are adequate or should others be considered? Write your response in the comments box below.