I’m back from lunch and at the next Breakthrough Session. The speaker is again Darrin Patrick. You have his bio in the previous post.
This session is about raising up good leaders. He’s going to take us through pieces of 1st and 2nd Timothy. He sees this as a letter from a church starting coach writing to a church starter.
Now he’s having us get our Bible’s out. The first guy to have us do that here. He told us if we don’t have our bible’s to quit and get out of the ministry. Nice.
1. Good leaders cultivate a Deep Gospel Identity. Read 2 Timothy 1:8-14. Part of this cultivation is understanding our own sin (1:8-11). Being aware of our own sinfulness, quickly repenting of our sin, and glorying in the grace of God. This is our responsibility as leaders. No one can do this for us. Great leaders are obsessed with the gospel. He’s getting a lot of this from Tim Keller, but I don’t care where he’s getting it. It’s awesome.
2. Good leaders work hard. Read 1 Timothy 4:14-16. Great leaders want to be around hard workers. Not only will you be a good leader, but you will attract good leaders.
Now he’s shifting to pitfalls leaders make
1. Forget that Wolves Can Come From Within the Church: Read Acts 20:28-30. Most enemies will come from the core group or the eldership or the church. Be on guard for that.
2. Wowed by People Who are Great Leaders: Read 1 Tim. 5:22. Make sure that leaders are tested and watched before becoming leaders. Take your time.
3. Give In to Age and Security. Read 1 Tim. 4:12. Young leaders sometimes back down from God’s calling because older and more experienced folks want them too. Obviously seek mature and godly older wisdom, but it doesn’t trump Scripture or your leading. Sometimes young leaders will accept any older leader who can help them. Be discerning.
4. React to Pressure. Read 2 Tim. 1:7. You have urgent needs so you compromise on principles or bible. Need a worship leader so you’ll put up with the leader smoking weed. You need a set up leader so you overlook that he’s cussing everyone out. We respond to God in dependence not react to pressure out of fear.
5. Let Others Design the Corporate Worship Gathering. Read 1 Tim. 2:8. This one is a stretch for me, but here it is. Many leaders get so overwhelmed that they punt this to someone else who doesn’t get what worship is to be. You have to oversee that it is happening biblically. I get the point and it is well taken, but leading the worship service can be done by someone other than me, but the elders need to make sure that it is done biblically.
Now to some Leadership Tensions
1. Change vs. Stability. It is easy to settle for stability when you need to change. Always stay a missionary church starter. Never become a pastor. Every year re launch your church to the community. I liked that statement a lot. As Bob Dylan would say, “Always be in a state of becoming.” I’d love to get some public feedback on this. We are in a transitional area where folks move constantly and new folks are coming in regularly. How do we embrace that? Some thoughts I have now:
Push the public presence through marketing and public outreach, a few week sermon series on our mission and values, rally the core of Crew and push once again what we’re about as a church and how we need our core to buy in all over again. What else?
2. Activity vs. Aloneness. Be aware of whether you are an extrovert or introvert. Make sure you schedule yourself that way. Extrovert don’t be too busy. Make time for your family. Introvert don’t hide. Neither personality is wrong, but have different tendencies.
3. Shepherding vs. Leadership. His definition of each: Shepherding is using ministry to get people done. Leadership is using people to get ministry done. We need to love people, but we can’t be consumed by them that we can’t lead. We’re constantly counseling and talking and going to the hospital. But the other side is we can’t use people to promote ministry or even worse self and not care about people and love them.
A few trailing thoughts that fell in during this talk. He said that everyone at their church that is on staff is either elder or deacon since those are the only NT offices. He is right that those are the only NT offices, but does that limit who you can compensate to do ministry?
Very good session. Learned a lot of good leadership tips here, plus Darrin loves the Bible.