Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Discovering God, Developing Believers
An Introduction to Leadership at LifePointe
According to the Bible, those who desire to be a leader desire a good thing! The Bible also says that those who become leaders are also held to a higher standard. At LifePointe, we call these people C4 Leaders:
A C4 Leader is dedicated to: Character, Competence, Cooperation, Commitment
Character has to do with maturity. Although character development is an ongoing part of the Christian journey, certain basic virtues such as honesty, diligence, faithfulness, and compassion should already be in practice in the prospective leader’s life.
“Being respected is more important than having great riches.”
Proverbs 22:1, NCV
Character is who you are when no one else is around, so the developing Christ-like character strives to do two things:
• Make Good Habits:
1. Personal Devotion - Making a Private Pact with God to live in Vital Union with Christ no matter what the cost!
2. Godliness - a life of intergrity that avoids the “appearance of evil.”
3. Ministry - dedication not just to the task, but to the people you serve.
4. Stewardship - dedicated to honoring God and supporting the Church with the tithe.
“The anvil upon which God molds His leaders is silence and solitude. It is during these interludes that God forges the qualities, thoughts, and character of a true leader.” Chuck Swindoll
• Avoid Bad Habits: “Do not lie to one another, for you have taken off the old self with its habits and have put on the new self.” Colossians 3:9
Competence has to do with skills, giftedness and ability. Each prospective leader will have a particular skill or gift to contribute to the work of the kingdom. We are at our best and most fulfilled in ministry when we are serving out of God-given gifts. Only then is the Spirit’s power unleashed to make the Body what it ought to be. This involves a four-fold process that includes discovery, development, deployment and deepening.
In addition to a gift of a set of gifts, Competent Leaders possess:
1. Knowledge - Competent Leaders must know and keep studying their field. (Exodus 31:2-
2. Ability - Competent Leaders must be able to do the job with excellence. (1 Chronicles
15:22; Psalm 33:3)
Cooperation has to do with team building. We minister together in ministry and cooperate in spirit and in strategy, united in purpose. We embrace the value of working together. Cooperation protects unity, it fosters a heightened sense of community, forges stronger teams, and it elevates ministry effectiveness.
“Live in harmony with one another.”
Commitment has to do with availability, attitude, and resolve. Commitment involves:
• Dedication - to Christ, the Church and the job at hand! Committed Leaders establish their own performance standards instead of settling for others expectations.
“But because my servant Caleb has a different attitude and has wholeheartedly followed me, I’ll bring him to the land he explored.”
Numbers 14:24, GW
• Determination - Committed Leaders understand that when the going gets tough, the tough look to the One whom we serve as our reward. Committed Leaders get fired up by setbacks instead of shut down.
“Happy are those who remain faithful under trials, because when they succeed in passing such a test, they will receive as their reward the life which God has promised to those who love him.”
James 1:12, TEV
• Humility - Committed Leaders recognize that they are able to do what they do purely by grace. Therefore, they carry themselves with an attitude of submission to authority and meekness (power under control).
“Pride precedes a disaster, and an arrogant attitude precedes a fall. Proverbs 16:18, GW;
see also Philippians 2:5-7
• Teachability - Committed Leaders possess a burning desire to “do it better” because God is worthy of their best effort and because they desperately want to be used to shape the trajectory of other’s lives.
“Now your attitudes and thoughts must all be constantly changing for the better.”
Ephesians 4:23, TLB
LIFEPOINTE Leadership Covenant
Am I Qualified to Lead Others?
The Modern Process: Orientation Education Implementation
Jesus Model: Orientation Implementation Education
A Leaders Objective: Multiplication of Disciples – Committed Leaders understand their task is to win, equip, empower, and release. True leadership is purpose driven.
18Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:18-
A Leaders Line In The Sand
• Never let hurt feelings go unresolved-speak up immediately if you feel there is something between us.
• Never make contradictory statements in public. Once we’ve aired out all angles of an issue, let’s present a united front for the sake of the cause.
• Never grant confidentiality to those you lead or other leaders. Any issues that concern the unity of the church or the welfare of any members or attenders of LifePointe cannot be kept confidential. A leader can be trusted to do the right thing with any sensitive information entrusted to them.
• Never lie to me or another leader!
Out of devotion to the God who loves me, the Lord who died to save me and the Spirit who guides me and out of a likeminded sense of calling to the ministry of LifePointe, I covenant together with our ministry team to be a C4
Leader with a desire to live my life in such a way as to make a significant impact for the
Kingdom of God!
Leaders Signature Date
Pastors Signature Date