"But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
"Good equippers do it like Jesus did it: recruit twelve, graduate eleven, and focus on three."
Steve spent a couple of days last week at a conference where the author and speaker Bill Easum addressed the present and future view of church and what it means to be a leader in community development. He articulated some great points on how the church is moving from being a 'National Park' type environment to a 'Jungle' type of backdrop (to read more of Steve's blog on this: click here).
Particularly, Steve spent some time discussing with us the need for our leadership to move from a "to do" list to a "to be" list. Rather then our agendas being focused upon our own objectives and needs in order to fulfill perceived leadership responsibilities and character; we can turn to a list of ten people in our own group and build into or equip them to fulfill their own potential leadership qualities. This idea forces us to ask the question of, "Are we just simply managing our relationships or are we catalyzing them for kingdom growth?"
This wasn't a concept that was new to me but inspiring as we could be a part of it as a team. I don't think that the number must be strictly "ten" people but it must be willing to be flexible in its size and dynamic. At the same time it must be a smaller number of people as even Jesus only focused on the twelve. I look forward to seeing the names we bring up in the next week! More importantly, I look forward to seeing the great movement and kingdom God is creating around us!
My "To Be" List:
- David Wong
- Jeff Keop
- Gerry Plett
- Mike Zunic
- Ricot Leon
- Friends on the Calgary Church Planting Network
"Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."