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Transformational Values Shifts – Summary

These past several weeks, we have been studying what we in MentorLink call the Transformational Values Shifts – the leaving behind of leadership values and practices of the flesh and the movement toward pursuing leadership values and practices of the Spirit.

Just because a person is a Christian and a leader does not mean he or she operates according to Jesus’ ways. We have to be continually transformed into the ways of leading in Jesus’ kingdom. To learn the ways of Jesus is a process that takes time and constant focus.

Here’s the bottom line: we ministry leaders tend to operate in the flesh because it feels so natural. We esteem other ministry leaders who operate in the same way. However, we must learn to turn away from fleshly ways of leading and move to the ways of the Spirit.

Deep fleshly issues confront leaders. There are motives, values, character and heart issues that if not addressed can lead to failure. No matter what we say or what our doctrine, gifts or charisma is, our flesh can undermine the very ministry and people we attempt to serve in Jesus’ name.

Look back over the five value shifts. Which one is easiest for you? Hardest?

Join me in this prayer, “Lord, I want to abide in you and lead and walk as You did.” (1 John 2:6)

Maranatha,

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Turning from Accidentally Adding Leaders and Moving to Intentionally Multiplying Leaders

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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:

  1. What is God saying to me about changes I need to make regarding my lifestyle, ministry or leadership approach?
  2. What will the results of my ministry be at the end of my life if I do not make any changes?
  3. How satisfying are these results from a kingdom perspective?

Praying for you this week.

Maranatha,

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The Jesus Way of Developing Leaders

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MentorLink was envisioned at a small gathering of thirteen leaders from twelve ministries. We met for four days and our goal was to answer the question, “How do we accelerate the development of Christlike leaders in the Body of Christ?”

We noticed that while the emphasis of most ministries was on gaining new converts and new churches, there was little intentional emphasis on building new leaders to disciple new converts or shepherd new churches.

Globally, the Body of Christ was and is in a leadership-shortfall crisis, and most are unaware.

Why is this happening? Because we are not following Jesus’ model of intentionally developing leaders for our ministries.

Jesus came to offer salvation to the world. He had such a burden for the whole world, the billions that have been and will be born, that He intentionally focused on building the twelve. His vision was for the masses who come from every tongue, tribe, and nation.

Yet Jesus did not develop leaders by the now-popular model of “content transfer” in large groups. He did not seek to mass produce leaders in large numbers through exposing people to His brand of leadership. His model was simple. He intentionally picked a few and invested deeply in them.

Intentionally building leaders is His heart and strategy. Should we do anything different?

Maranatha,

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Turning from Elitism and Self-Sufficiency to Collaboration and Community

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Transformational Values Shift #4

Last we learned that a leader who is being transformed by Jesus Christ is one who resists the tendency to work alone and in isolation, either because of pride or unwillingness to share. This leader values relationships and is willing to use his or her strengths and work with others who are strong where he or she is weak.

Take a moment to assess your thinking, values and practices when it comes to the following:

  • Working Together: Do I find that teamwork costs too much? Or do I feel that working together both delights God and blesses the team, making teamwork worth its cost?
  • Loneliness: Do I believe that a good leader must be a loner? Or do I value teams, not only for ministry effectiveness but also for my own safety and growth?
  • Weakness: Do I believe that I must not show weakness or be open for criticism or correction so that people will follow me? Or do I try to lead through brokenness and transparency, believing that through them community will be built and God’s power will be released?
  • All-competent: As a leader, do I try to have all the answers and possess all the needed gifts to carry out the mission? Or do I need a team around me to help find answers and complement the gift-mix required to succeed?
  • Credit: As a leader, do I believe I deserve credit for my success because it builds a good reputation and track record? Or do I give glory to God by crediting my team members for any success that God allows?
  • One’s Career: As a leader, do I feel that success today opens doors for greater ministry opportunities tomorrow? Or do I leave my career in God’s hands, recognizing that He gives us our work and requires only faithfulness?
  • Safe Place: Do I feel that in my team, everyone seems to be wearing a protective mask and no one feels safe to share and be vulnerable? Or is my team a relational safe place where there is freedom to show and share our weaknesses?
  • Healing Family: Is my team becoming like a family – really helping one another in our individual growth in the Lord? Or do I prefer that everyone works on his/her own, believing that we each have other places where we can get Christian fellowship?
  • Prayer as Team: Is prayer a team priority? Do we regularly pray with and for one another? Or do we rarely pray together, feeling it is ineffective and mechanical?

Now take a moment to reflect on these questions:

What keeps me “anchored” in environments of elitism and self-sufficiency? What fears? What past experiences, pressures or stresses? What aspects of my culture are barriers to change? What is holding me back from moving toward an environment of collaboration and community?

What is God saying to me about changes I need to make regarding my lifestyle, ministry or leadership approach?

Maranatha,

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