After considering the subject at hand over the last several days, we conclude with this thought: eternity matters.
The first time this thought was presented, a wave of emotions and thoughts hit me. Could there be a greater reason for the “why” of leadership?
When we look back at the various components of our discussion, God’s design involves the necessity of leadership in the home, church, and world. The foundation, however, that motivates us to establish leadership in each area narrows down to this one point: eternity matters.
Why would God’s design include the role of leadership within the home, church, and world? Because God knows eternity matters.
He understands the brevity of our life on this earth. He knows that once we cross over from this life to the next we cannot turn back or change the outcome. He longs to share what He has prepared for us.
If we could wrap our minds around this great truth, eternity matters, our entire perspective just might change and the direction for every area of our life would become be a bit more urgent.
As we continue to examine why we must study leadership, today we turn to another area of concern: the world.
People around the world follow someone. Generally, who they follow depends on the individual(s) that take opportunity to influence them.
If Christians choose not to lead, then where does this leave people in our neighborhoods, nation, and world? If we reject the God given responsibility to shine the light of Jesus, who will people follow?
It would seem that the only possibility is the prince of the power of the air, the ruler of this world, the one who leads them into darkness.
Are we ready to accept the consequences for such a decision?
One of the primary reasons we need to study leadership is because the majority of seven billion people are currently walking from this life into an eternity without a Savior.
Leadership is not an easy task. We are often left vulnerable when we open ourselves up in order to reach out to the world. However, the results of leading those without Christ to Him ignite a passion that drives the future of our leadership. More tomorrow.
The result of implementing a plan for leadership not designed by God leaves the church following unbiblical leadership. Too often, such is the case.
If there is a greater reason to study leadership, I am unsure what it might be. We must focus on leadership development.
The question is, “How do we accomplish this task?” Here are two foundational suggestions.
First, we must focus on prayer. Recently, it was suggested the church spend a Sunday evening in prayer for the leaders of our country. While this is needed, should we not be more concerned with praying about leaders for the church? What will become of the church if we have the leaders we want for our country, but have no leaders in the church?
Second, we diligently need classes that prepare, train, and educate leaders. Consider the fact that we diligently prepare, train, and educate leaders in the corporate realm. Somehow, we have not exercised the same diligence in the church, and we are experiencing the consequences.
The time is now. We must begin immediately if we plan to change the future.
The need for leadership continues at an urgent level. God’s design indicates a plan for strong leadership in every church. Timothy and Titus were directed by Paul to appoint elders. The qualifications for elders are listed accordingly.
While we understand the primary role of elders to involve the work of a shepherd, we also find that part of this role points to the responsibility of maintaining doctrinal purity.
Notice Paul’s words: “Hold fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict.”
In our current world, it is doubtful there could be a greater need. However, the lack of leadership development in years past has created a vacuum where the majority of congregations do not have elders and congregations with elders have too few to deal with the challenges.
Most locations recognize the problem, but what should be done? The answer lies in our return to God’s design, which means we need to initiate a plan for encouraging, promoting, and preparing more to lead. More tomorrow…
A description of the need to study leadership covers a wide spectrum. God’s design is the overarching premise by which we understand the necessity of leadership. Discovering the unfolding of a husband’s responsibility to lead in the home is a foundational component of this study.
As we continue to explore the reasons for this study, we must turn our attention to the church. One does not have to look far to recognize the urgency of the situation. The lack of leadership, or the representation of poor leadership, is plaguing the church.
Decisions are left to the majority vote in a men’s business or congregational meeting. Sadly, the minority generally rules when this occurs.
Beyond challenges of this nature, the greatest consequence is found when congregations are led down the path of doctrinal error. According to God’s design, elders (leaders) were appointed to refute biblical or doctrinal error. The consequence of departing from or ignoring God’s design leaves congregations subject to misdirection and, ultimately, apostasy.
Tomorrow, we will continue to examine God’s design for the church in this area of leadership.
Yesterday we introduced the concept of God’s design for leadership. Scripture indicates that God designed every area of leadership, beginning with the home.
The first institution established by God was built on the design of leadership. Paul reminds us of that design, “The husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church” (Ep. 5:23). This explains why he instructs husbands, “Love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave himself up for her” (v. 25).
Love indicates something significant in the direction of leadership. Husbands must give their best in the home. The effort to give all to the job and the people who surround us, only to give what is left over to our wives, goes against God’s design for leadership in the home.
To properly lead in other areas of life, we must build the right foundation in the home and ensure that, as husbands, we give our best in leading our wives and loving them as Christ loved the church. He died for the church. How would we describe our leadership in the home?
The question is valid and relevant. Why should we study, promote, consider, and develop areas of leadership?
We will explore several answers and, hopefully, strike a cord for all of us to see not only the necessity, but the urgency before us.
I recently attended a Bible class focused on marriage. The emphasis throughout the hour was on God’s design for marriage. The point that really struck a cord was how often we want the application. We want someone to tell us how to “fix” the problem; just tell us what to do.
Rarely, however, do we go back to God’s design. As a result, we continue to struggle with the same problems and issues that have plagued the home for millennia. The requirement for the success of marriage is to recognize and follow God’s design. It is that simple!
My wheels were spinning in regards to leadership. Why leadership? Could it really be that simple? Yes!
The answer begins with God’s design. God has always demanded leadership. Intrigued? Stay with us, we will have more tomorrow.