Monday, July 22, 2013

While the Pastor's Away...

By Jennifer R.

Our pastor and his family are currently enjoying a sabbatical. While they're away, we don't want to forget to continue to pray for them and for our other pastors who will be filling in the gap while they're gone. There is no greater thing we can do for our spiritual leaders than to pray for them! If you would like some ideas for specific ways to pray, here are some helpful resources to get you started:

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Quotes on Leadership

By Jennifer R.

The summer men's Bible study begins tonight and is focusing on the topic of "leadership," so our new Quotable Quotes bulletin board is sporting a new set of quotes on this topic. Below are the quotes that are on the board this month.

Spiritual leadership is knowing where God wants people to be and taking the initiative to get them there by God’s means in reliance on God’s power. ~ John Piper

Servanthood does not nullify leadership; it defines it. Jesus does not cease to be the Lion of Judah when He becomes the lamblike servant of the church. ~ John Piper

According to [the Bible], a leader is first and foremost a servant. His concern is not for himself; his concern is not to give orders, to boss other people around, to have his own way. His concern is to meet the needs of others. ~ Wayne Mack

Dwight L. Moody once said that he would rather put a thousand men to work than do the work of a thousand men. ~ Oswald Sanders

A leader will seldom say, “I don’t have the time.” Such an excuse is usually the refuge of a small-minded and inefficient person. Each of us has the time to do the whole will of God for our lives. ~ Oswald Sanders

A spiritual leader will, first and foremost, have a calling from God. His work will not be his profession, but his calling. ~ Zac Poonen

Experience has taught me that the Shepherd is far more willing to show His sheep the path than the sheep are to follow. He is endlessly merciful, patient, tender, and loving. If we, His stupid and wayward sheep, really want to be led, we will without fail be led. Of that I am sure. ~ Elisabeth Elliot

We must truly serve those whom we appear to command; we must bear with their imperfections, correct them with gentleness and patience, and lead them in the way to heaven. ~ Francois Fenelon

The chief occupational hazard of leadership is pride. ~ John Stott

The authority by which the Christian leader leads is not power but love, not force but example, not coercion but reasoned persuasion. Leaders have power, but power is safe only in the hands of those who humble themselves to serve. ~ John Stott

A true and safe leader is likely to be one who has no desire to lead, but is forced into a position of leadership by the inward pressure of the Holy Spirit and the press of the external situation. ~ A.W. Tozer

It is very rare for the spirituality of a group of Christians to exceed that of its leaders. ~ John Benton

We cannot sit back and wait for the sheep to lead. A few will, but by and large they are looking to us for direction, feeding, and leadership by our stepping out courageously in faith. ~ Curtis C. Thomas

When God’s sheep are in danger, the shepherd must not gaze at the stars and meditate on “inspirational” themes. He is morally obliged to grab his weapon and run to their defense. ~ A.W. Tozer

Leadership training cannot be done on a mass scale. It requires patient, careful instruction and prayerful, personal guidance over a considerable time. Disciples are not manufactured wholesale. They are produced only one by one, because someone has taken the pains to disciple, to instruct and enlighten, to nurture and train one that is younger. Oswald Sanders
Leadership may be defined as the ability…to develop other people’s maximum potential for their own works of service in the body of Christ. ~ Derek Prime and Alistair Begg

The effectiveness of leadership is measured in terms of influence. When you see someone’s influence reflected so profoundly in the lives of other people, you have identified someone who is by definition a leader. ~ John MacArthur

It is no commendation of our leadership if everything collapses when we are not there or when the time comes for us to leave. ~ Derek Prime and Alistair Begg

No man, however gifted and devoted, is indispensable to the work of the kingdom. ~ Oswald Sanders

When I submit to the leaders God places over me, I do so not in trust of them, but in trust of God who placed them. My trust is not that they will always make the right decisions, but rather, that God is able to work in their hearts and in my life even in their mistakes. The bottom line of submission on every level is not “Can I trust this leader,” but “Can I trust God to work in, through, and in spite of this leader?” ~ Eddie Rasnake