Being the leader of a God initiated cause can feel lonely and vulnerable.  We are constantly viewed as the visionary and executor, with followers waiting for us to communicate the next move.   We hear from God, move forward in faith (and being ok with this feeling very foggy at times) and then try to get everyone else on board.

But if we are honest, this wears us out!    Why doesn’t someone else move to the front of the line and lead?  Am I the only one with a passion and vision for this here?   Can someone else initiate and give voice to this idea I feel so called to impart?

Probably not, at least at first.   The unique expression of God on my life can only be expressed through me.  But I am human and I am limited and I feel alone in this calling sometimes.

The longer I work with leaders, the more I realize that those called out front need regular infusions of fresh creativity and boldness to do what God has called them to do.

Leaders need leaders, too.

Here are 3 things to consider:

1. Leadership of the Holy Spirit. Follow God’s voice as we let Him lead and love us each morning, reading the Bible and letting the Bible read us.  Without His nourishment and care, the confidence we need to lead just isn’t there.  Unless the Lord builds us personally and this house of ministry, we labor in vain. “For the Word of God is alive and active…discerning soul and spirit, judging the thoughts and attitudes of the heart”.  Heb 4:12

2. Leadership of the Body. Regularly look for places where God is working in bigger movements.     Webinars.  Retreats.  Training seminars.  Your church.    Desire to be led by the prophetic voices in the Body of Christ, and eagerly submit to their teaching.   Hearing their insights will resonate with what God is doing in you, will give wind in your sails, the needed courage to carry on and could keep you from a big mistake. The Body of Christ is meant to be guardrails for us.   “Therefore, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is…..speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.”  Eph 5:17,19

3. Leadership of books. A leader is a reader and without at least 2 books cracked open, highlighted, scribbled notes in margins, I feel empty and lost.  Learning about other’s spiritual and leadership journeys can be a huge source of encouragement!  Books should be our mentors and friends.  “In the abundance of counselors there is victory.” Prov 11:14

 

What character trait sticks out from these 3?  Humility.  Leader, recognize your need to followThis will give you the authority to lead well.

Realize that God has resources right in front of us to sharpen, encourage and breathe fresh faith on us as leaders. And all we have to do it follow.  Then we will thrive.

 

Questions to Consider:

Who am I following?

Which point mentioned above is God inviting me to grow in?

 

Beth Bennett, Director of Coaching

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