Thursday, April 24, 2008

who's in on it [+] Thursday E-Devotion

Sometimes I am shocked by who jumps on and who jumps off.  I am talking leadership and the people who join us on the journey.  As The Community Fellowship became a reality and has been around for almost 20 months, we have seen some changes in who gets excited and gets involved.  I believe that it is the job of church leaders to help people 'plug in' where they fit best.  What do you think?
Last week I had a conversation with a leader from another church about expectations.  We agreed that the typical church allows people to get by with doing as little as possible.  I have said this, "If you are not going to get active, you might want to find another place."  No, that was not said because I am angry or bitter.  I said it because I believe that church is not a place just to get your needs met.  It is a place God has called us to serve the world through. 
So, who's in on it?  Who's not?
1 Thessalonians 3:8 (esv) --- For now we live, if you are standing fast in the Lord.
Proverbs 19:23 (nlt) --- Fear of the Lord leads to life,bringing security and protection from harm.
I get a leadership devotion from these people a couple times a month.  Today's was insightful:
As a leader you would do well to select people that display these qualities:

Calling—They are motivated by something deep within themselves, not by the accomplishments of outward adornments.
Character—They possess a high standard of living based on a personal code of morality that doesn't succumb to the whim of the moment or the dictates of the majority.
Commitment—They display spiritual authenticity over time.
Compatibility—They show a job fit, a relational fit, a skill fit, and a passion fit.
Contribution—They function as a part of a team.
Coachability—They are trainable and teachable.

Get the right people on the bus, and it makes all the difference in the world.
John Maxwell said, "If you look behind and no one is following, you're just on a trip."  That is a God thing.  Plain and simple.
Psalm 23:3 (nlt) ---He renews my strength.  He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name.
It is our calling as Christians to get people to heaven with us.  It is our calling as Christian leaders to others involved with us.  It is our calling as leaders to help others become part of the team.  That is a high calling that we need to take SERIOUSLY.  
Jesus is coming back (right?).  There is little time to loose.  Enjoy the journey.  Look around you.  See who's in on it and invest in their lives and lead others to get involved, too.  Finally, I believe we as leaders of the church have to raise the expectations of others.  Not an easy task, but it is our calling.  Who's in on it?

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