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Leadership.7 Prop & Perpetuate by Caleb H.
November 10, 2008, 7:04 am
Filed under: Devotions, Leadership

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by Caleb Hancock

As we proceed with the last 4 posts in this series, I thought it would be good to give you guys a double dose of leadership training today.

First off, biblical leadership is not an attitude of demanding or insisting on its own way. Rather, some of the greatest leaders I know love to and are great at supporting the leadership of others. They recognize their limitations, as well as the giftings of others, and position those folks in ways that they can serve best (even if it means that person leading an event or ministry that they themselves could have led)

This also means that you prop up the leaders that God has placed into your life. You support and follow their leadership. This is not degrading, but rather freeing!

1 Peter 5:5 “Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

As for the second part of our dual-header today, let’s look at the biblical instruction that Paul gives Timothy in 2 Timothy 2:1-2

You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.

A good leader not only lives his life under the sovereign hand of God, seeking to serve those around him until he dies, but he also leads others to do the same.

While probably only 1% of the readers of this post are pastors like Timothy to whom these verses were originally addressed, the other 99% of us can benefit from Paul’s wisdom here as well.

Men, we should be training up others, (faithful and teachable men) to replace our positions of leadership. How sad for a business or ministry or church to suffer because we neglected to train others up to replace us!

Let’s face it, each of us IS replaceable! Let’s apply this wisdom and seek to faithfully pass the baton of leadership to the guys who will be warming your chair when you are done and gone.

Questions for Application:

  • While a leader, are you hard to lead? Do you regularly encourage and welcome the leadership that God has placed in your life? If not, seek to change!
  • Are you inviting others around you to serve alongside you?
  • Are you aware that you are replaceable? Are you seeking to set up your predecessor for success?

Men, let’s lead to serve. Let’s submit joyfully to the leadership over us. And let’s seek faithfully to relay the leadership responsibilities that we have to other faithful men that follow!

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“While a leader, are you hard to lead? Do you regularly encourage and welcome the leadership that God has placed in your life? If not, seek to change! ”

As far as biblical evidence, I don’t see any leader that is not accountable both to the people above him and the people below him. Maybe I am too presbyterian here. I think it is good that Jonathan Edwards and John Calvin were both able to be kicked out by other -appointed- leaders known as deacons in their congregations.

“They recognize their limitations, as well as the giftings of others, and position those folks in ways that they can serve best (even if it means that person leading an event or ministry that they themselves could have led)” I see that ablity for people to lead or teach on anything specifically spiritual, who aren’t interns, has diminished drastically in the last 4 years in VFC. I think this comment is irreconcilable to reality. To be clear here. I am not really wanting to lead anything of that sort. It is an observation.

I think that we have too many people who don’t step out of their comfort zone. Laziness should not be counted the same as submission. I see that as a larger problem. It should be said that submitting as a leader to a leader isn’t letting the status quo go unchallenged. It is putting things that are merely personal preferences aside.

Comment by Dave M

I want to be a little more clear on what I wrote about Calvin/Edwards and why. I missed the point above.

Leaders have to be able to question themselves first before questioning others. They must be able to ask things of themselves before they ask it of others. That is the essence of humility. Submission as a leader can sometimes be letting oneself be wronged. Leaders, not just followers, must be prepared for that. They should never insolated from or excluded by other gifted leaders in the church, above and below.

Comment by Dave M

Dave,

so…is that agreement with the post, opposition to it? or both?

Comment by Caleb H.




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