Acts 14:25 “Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.”
Every Church that was planted a leadership was put in place. Every Church needs leadership. Without leadership the Church will decline in many ways. So with careful planning, prayer and even with fasting, people were chosen to bring leadership to that Church.
As a small boy I knew I would lead. I had a small group of peers of different ages ranging from 12yrs to 3yrs of age and we would meet in the garage for me to show them my leadership skills. This amounted to a list of strict rules that hung on the side which included the most important one ‘obey the leader at all times’. This last rule was the reason I could not let my brother into the gang as I couldn’t trust he had the ability or desire to follow it. I still think he carries hurt towards me for this rejection.
Over the years I have tried to follow certain principles of leadership wherever I have been and in whatever role. I have failed in all of these but I keep picking myself up and trying again. Thankfully I believe I have come a long way since my childhood leadership!
Here are those principles with a bible passage where I get it from if you want to study further:
1. Problem solve by thinking bigger.
This is the ability to hold 2 opposing thoughts and then create a new thought or solution which is superior but yet contains an element of each. 1 Kings 3: 16-28.
2. Process successful change.
This is the ability to spot the need, see how the future can be different and then through clear communication inspire others to initiate the change. Joshua 1:1-5, 10-11.
3. Live in unity with yourself.
The ability to pull one’s public and private world together to live truthfully. Psalm 51:6
4. Kick some leaves.
The ability to regularly be alone, to walk out from the place of responsibility in order to think and know who really is the boss. Luke 6: 12
5. Focus on ‘who’ not ‘what’.
The ability to make people great who will then make your vision great. Acts 1:8
6. Endure at all costs.
The ability to keep walking through the pain which will then equip you to walk in power. Luke 4:1-2, 14.
7. Understand what others miss.
The ability to know the ‘time’ for leadership, to see when leadership is needed and naturally rise to the challenge in a particular setting. 1 Chronicles 12:32.
8. Believes, no matter what happens.
The ability to remain with hope and in hope when all around there is no reason to do so. Job 13: 15-16.
9. Moves down not up.
The ability to serve for absolutely no personal gain. John 13:1-17.
10. Protecting enthusiasm.
The ability to get people to do what they are passionate about instead of trying to get them to be passionate about what they are doing. Romans 12:6-8
Why not pick one of these today and apply it whatever situation you are in? Maybe today leadership is needed exactly where you are.