Sunday, February 19, 2012

Leadership Lesson 5

Are you trying to build a team?

Ephesians 4:11-12
   11 Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. 12 Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. 

I challenge each of you this week, to come alongside me as I purposely focus on the leadership attribute of Empowerment.

      1.  Make the conscious decision to Empower those around you.  
      2. Inquire of others so that you are aware of and understand their personal goals and dreams.
      3.  Commit to creating, or referring others to opportunities for training, and skill development through practice or mentorship.

Here’s why!
As Leaders, it is our responsibility to equip God’s people. We teach, we model, we guide, we direct. As the Holy Spirit empowers us, it is our responsibility to empower others. The World English Dictionary defines the word Empowerment as follows:  “the giving of an ability; enablement or permission.”

When we provide guidance and opportunities for growth and learning, we empower others to reach their personal goals.  However, in the mist of this, not only can personal goals be met, but each individual then becomes better able to contribute to the goals of a team.  You see, one of the results of empowering others, is the formation of a team.  When you empower, or pour into someone else in practical and spiritual ways, a unity develops.  The word of God refers to this as a “unity of Love.”  As these relationships mature, the team is now well able to accomplish many things.  All members walking in love, God-confidence, prosperity (far above financial wealth), creativity, and faith, this team becomes a force within the Kingdom of God.  Fear, jealousy, insecurity, intimidation, and the like have no place in this team, as empowered individuals..they are secure in God, secure in themselves, secure in one another, and secure in their ability as a team to do a great work.

Who then, is a part of your team?  Who are you empowering?  As you lead the people God has assigned to you, are you conscious of their needs and desires to fulfill their personal goals? Have you sought God so that you might understand how all of your destinies intersect, and for His way in leading this team so that everyone’s vision is realized?

Copyright 2012  Victoria L. Burse

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

If it is not in Writing, it does not exist!

Leadership Lesson #4 -Visioneering

Habakkuk 2:2 
[ The Message Bible ] And then God answered: "Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. This vision-message is a witness pointing to what's coming. It aches for the coming—it can hardly wait! And it doesn't lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It's on its way. It will come right on time.

I know this phrase is familiar to many of us.  If it is not in Writing, it does not exist!  I'd like to attach this phrase to this weeks Leadership Lesson - as I briefly introduce Visioneering.

Visioneering. I first heard this term as I picked up, and subsequently purchased a book of this same title by Pastor and Teacher, Andy Stanley of North Point Community Church, Alpharetta, GA. Visoneering is the process of developing and recording a vision for a particular project or an area of your life.

Pastor Stanley teaches, that we should have a vision for every area of our lives; for our family, for our ministry, for our career…whatever your particular life consists of. Your Vision should be put in writing. It is a fact, that a vision will never be more than a dream if we don’t record it, and it really helps to be able to have some mental and practical image of what our goal looks like completed. Don’t expect to be able to map out the entire process or the path all at once, for we must constantly be in touch with our Heavenly Father for those next steps, and to take heed as He lovingly alerts us of detours or roadblocks that may lay ahead.

I think you already know what my challenge is to you this week. Yes, I am challenging you to take one goal, only one goal, and write it down, along with some of the steps you believe you will take in order to accomplish your goal. It is interesting that even when we know we should do something, we don't necessarily do it. We take shortcuts, and then wonder how it is we end up off track. So, I know you have your goal in your mind, some of you will even talk about how it is engraved... in your heart. That is excellent, but once placed in writing, it will take on a life of its own, because words themselves - have life.

Next, with your goal in writing in front of you, take some time to pray over what you have written, submitting it to the Lord. Be honest with Him about your desires. After all, He already knows your heart. Just be sure to give Him complete permission to change anything that you have written, that does not line up with His will for you life. Follow His leading, grab hold of your first step….and get moving!

Copyright 2012 - Victoria L. Burse

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