God's Chosen Leaders

HOW THE CHURCH LEADERSHIP TODAY IS GETTING MINISTRY WRONG:

 

Apostle James R Winfree Sr, We Only Share The Awesome Truth Of The Gospel Of Jesus Christ, That Is Changing And Transforming Lives Forever!!!

 

( Why Should the Members of the body of Christ support us, if the only things we are going to do is preach, teach the word of God, they can rely on the Holy Spirit to teach them, Preachers? ) If all we are going to do is to tell them to look to God in meeting their needs, so why do they need us and the Church?  

Did Jesus just shared with His followers the good news, or did He meet their needs as well, give your answer, Preachers?

 

One of the ways you know you’re making progress is that you stop having the same discussion over and over again.

 

If you’re discussing the same issues on your team or at home year after year, you’re probably stuck.

 

When it comes to much of the discussion around Church leadership, I believe we’re getting it wrong in the church.

 

We’re stuck.

 

What if the popular understanding of leadership is producing some of the ill health and even stagnation and decline we see all around us in the church?

 

And what if you could do something about it by rethinking what you mean by biblical ministry the way Jesus Christ has done it?

 

From my earliest days in ministry, I’ve had a conversation about church ministry and leadership that repeats itself again and again.

 

It goes like something like this:

 

We, Preachers and Ministry Leaders need to reach out more and focus more of their time, energy and resources on members in the Church first.

 

 That’s a great idea but what we really need to focus on is membership. There’s such an immaturity in Christians Leadership today that we need to focus on growing the ones we have first. And besides, evangelical churches are known for producing shallow, immature Ministers.

 

I agree that often Christians Ministers in the United States are immature. I agree our walk doesn’t always match our talk.

The way many leaders approach maturity is to assume that money, things, and epic buildings produce maturity. Since when?

 

It’s wonderful that members understand what they believe, but money in and of itself is not a hallmark of Christian Leadership maturity. As Apostle Paul says, knowledge puffs up. Love, by contrast, builds up. And some of the most biblically literate people in Jesus day got by-passed as disciples.

 

The goal is not to know, but to do something with what you know.  I wrote more on why our definition of Christian Leadership maturity needs to change here.

Here are some biblical facts and trues, I believe are true about biblical leadership church today should reclaim:

 

 JESUS COMMANDED US TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER, JUST AS HE ALSO LOVED US.

The way many Christian Leaders only give out words only, you’d think Jesus told them to don't be His body here on earth. He commanded us to make do as He did. Jesus Christ showed us the love of God in works and in His deeds and actions.

 

Could it be that in the act of making disciples, we actually become more of who Christ designed us to be? It was in the act of sharing the faith that thousands of early Christians were transformed into new creations in Acts.

 

I know personally I grow most and learn most when I am helping my spiritual family first and then others. It gives me a place to apply what I’m learning and to take the focus off myself and place it on Christ and others, where it belongs.

 

The thrust of all first-century leadership was to share Christ with the Jewish people and the Gentiles world Jesus loves and died for ( Yes, Jesus Christ really does love the world, But He's coming back for His Church ).

 

You can’t be a Church Minister and Leader without being like Christ Jesus and following and doing just what He did.

 

And for sure, the opposite is true. You can’t be a member without being a disciple first. But somehow many many people would rather be a religious person without being Christian.

A common criticism of church leadership and ministries leadership that draw in large numbers of outsiders and newer believers is that these new followers of Christ get it wrong as often as they get it right. They might not realize that reincarnation isn’t biblical or struggle to understand the faith they’re stepping into. Real biblical Christian allow their light to shine in doing good works to lift up and glorify God in Jesus Christ.

 

Yes, that’s a sign that their discipleship is authentic!

 

After all, Peter didn’t get it right most of the time when he was around Jesus. Many leaders in the early church needed correction. And even Paul would later confront Peter about his unwillingness to eat with believing Gentiles.  And yet Christ chose to build the early church on Peter and Paul. Imagine that.

One stinging criticism of churches that are reaching people is that many of their leaders and attendees don’t bear much resemblance to Jesus Christ of the Bible.

 

These new, immature leaders can be

 

swayed by powerful personalities

 

still be sexually active outside of marriage

 

have questionable business practices

 

end up in broken families

 

be too swayed by the culture

 

not know how to conduct themselves in worship

 

doubt core doctrines like the there should be No Lack or Need among God's chosen people in Christ:

 

If these issues remind you of why you so dislike growing churches or megachurches, just realize that I pulled every one of those problems out of 1 Corinthians. The church in Corinth struggled with every problem listed above and I know, every problem growing churches today struggle with.

 

And last time I checked the church in Corinth was an authentic church Christ loved.

 

The fact that you have these problems may actually be a sign you’re making progress with the unchurched. You don’t want to leave them there, but when people really start engaging with Christ, tidy categories are hard to come by.

 

In fact the most morally ‘pure’ believers of the first century ( the Pharisees ) were the very ones Jesus Christ most often condemned. Go figure.

 

 

It would be great if there was instant maturity in faith and in life. But it never works that way.

 

You can’t expect a 3-year-old to have the maturity of a 13-year-old, or expect a 23-year-old to have the maturity of a 43-year-old. When you place expectations on leaders that they are just not able to bear, you crush or confuse them. But with God all things are possible. Amen.

 

And yet we do that in the church all the time. members grow and mature over time. And our progress isn’t always as progressions would make it. In fact, I know some 23-year-olds who are more mature than some 43-year-olds.

 

Expose Christians Leadership to the love of God and community, to great teaching, great relationships, and solid accountability and over time, many will grow into very different Christians than they were when they first came to Christ. They may grow at different rates and in different measures, but I believe Jesus talked about that. Just don’t judge them after a few months or even a few years.

 

Christian maturity has never been about money. It is certainly not about how awesome you are compared to others, how smart you are, how righteous you are, or how holy you are.

 

It is about Jesus Christ. And it is about love for and to your brothers and sisters first and then all others.

 

It was never about you anyway. Its All About Him, Jesus Christ!!!

 

If you love souls, how can you ignore them? Jesus said the authentic mark of His followers is love. He defined the primary relationship between God and humanity as one of love. The truth He ushered in is inseparable from love.

 

The primary motivation for ministry and leadership is the same; it is love. That should characterize both the discussion about membership and discipleship and also the way we go about both.

 

This isn’t an exhaustive treatment of leadership and membership, but in the time it takes to sip a coffee I hope it helps some way advance the conversation about doing ministry the Lord Jesus Christ Way and Leadership in your church family.

And if we advanced our understanding of Christian Leadership in the church, maybe the church and our culture would be transformed from being religious to Christ-Like.

 

What do you think? Leave a comment in God's love. Amen.

 

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{ 2 Corinthians 9:7 }

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