Transformational Values Shift #5
Last week we were reminded that a leader who is being transformed by Jesus Christ is one who chooses to make mentoring a priority in his or her life and ministry; he or she devotes time and effort toward raising up the next generation of leaders.
Take a moment to assess your thinking, values and practices when it comes to the following:
- Vision for Multiplication: Is winning and growing significant numbers of people my dream? Do I want to be in control? Or is my vision to see many come to Christ by equipping reproducing leaders who are able to expand and lead movements?
- Allure of Numbers: Do I believe that quantitative growth to one’s ministry is the most important aspect to ministry success? Or do I feel that qualitative growth of a small number of reproducing leaders is key to long term multiplication?
- Priority of Mentoring: Do I have the skill, interest and time to mentor emerging leaders? Or am I too busy? Do I make the mentoring of emerging leaders a priority, believing it is key to long-term effectiveness?
- Ministry Fulfillment: Do I enjoy using my gifts so much that I just can’t give the ministry away to emerging leaders? Or do I sacrifice some of my own personal fulfillment for the joy of seeing young leaders blossom?
- Leadership Development: Do I mainly utilize people professionally trained to lead our ministry? Or am I willing to train others with a focus on the whole person (heart, skill, and knowledge)?
- Character Transformation: Do I mentor people, believing it is the key to molding godly character and central to leading effectively? Or do I believe biblical knowledge and ministry skills are only taught through leadership training programs?
- Intentionality: Am I very intentional about pouring my life into potential leaders, believing it is a key to ministry growth? Or am I so busy with my ministry that there is no time to train and develop other leaders?
- Prayer for Multiplication: Do I believe that great movements of God have always been an answer to prayer? Do I incorporate prayer mobilization as a core part of my strategy? Or do I believe in prayer but lack the time, energy and skill to make it central in what I do?
Take a moment to seriously ponder the above.
Now ask yourself these three questions:
- What is God saying to me about changes I need to make regarding my lifestyle, ministry or leadership approach?
- What will the results of my ministry be at the end of my life if I do not make any changes?
- How satisfying are these results from a kingdom perspective?
Praying for you this week.