Leadership in a New Era

Jesus is the foundation of the church and the word of God is the foundation of all preaching that builds the church into a spiritual building. I believe God enjoys watching the process of leadership happening in churches all over the earth.  Followers of Jesus feel drawn to different groups of people that help them accomplish the mission God has placed on their hearts. This group you are drawn to is sometimes called your tribe which of course has a leader. If you don’t want to be disciplined or discipled by your pastor, you probably need to find someone who will help guide that process in your life. I pity a church that has become so diversified they are left as an organization that must be held together with leadership that focuses on compromise. I dream of a church that is geared toward worship, prayer, and equipping people to move toward the destiny God is calling them to. You could call it the “Develop Your Own Ministry” church. Good Leadership is usually associated with reforms to an organization – a nation, a church, or a family. There is always a need for reforming how we lead.

We are all going through a refining process right now. Our families take first priority so we take every opportunity to share various issues that can disciple our own families. We have been reminded prophetically by people like Lana Vawser, that judgment begins at the house of God, so we should not be surprised that there are church leaders in the news on a daily basis that are experiencing judgment. Finally, leadership at a national level is a battlefield for the destiny of nations. Right now is a time when people are making decisions about what they believe in regard to many issues that are part of that battlefield: forced vaccinations and supporting our constitution’s first amendment are major issues that are being slowly instituted or slowly torn down. That is the nature of a spiritual unseen war.

Proverbs 11:11   English Standard Version
By the blessing of the upright, a city is exalted,
but by the mouth of the wicked, it is overthrown.

Here are some verses on “leadership” from The Passion Translation:

Psalm 77:20
You led your people forward by your loving hand, blessed by the leadership of Moses and Aaron.

Proverbs 1:5
For the wise, these proverbs will make you even wiser, and for those with discernment, you will be able to acquire brilliant strategies for leadership.

Proverbs 11:14
People lose their way without wise leadership, but a nation succeeds and stands in victory when it has many good counselors to guide it.

Proverbs 20:28
Good leadership is built on love and truth, for kindness and integrity are what keep leaders in their position of trust.

Proverbs 24:4
Because of their skilled leadership, the hearts of people are filled with the treasures of wisdom and the pleasures of spiritual wealth.

Proverbs 31:5
For when they drink they forget justice and ignore the rights of those in need, those who depend on them for leadership.

Song of Songs 5:11
The way he leads me is divine. His leadership—so pure and dignified as he wears his crown of gold. Upon this crown are letters of black written on a background of glory.

Mark 10:42
Jesus gathered them all together and said to them, “Those recognized as rulers of the people and those who are in top leadership positions rule oppressively over their subjects, but this is not the example you are to follow.

Acts 7:45-47
The next generation received possession of it, and under Joshua’s leadership they took possession of the land of the nations, which God drove out in front of them. The tabernacle was carried about until David found loving favor with God and prayed for a dwelling place for the God of Jacob, but it was Solomon who built him a house.

Romans 12:8
If you have the grace-gift of encouragement, then use it often to encourage others. If you have the grace-gift of giving to meet the needs of others, then may you prosper in your generosity without any fanfare. If you have the gift of leadership, be passionate about your leadership. And if you have the gift of showing compassion, then flourish in your cheerful display of compassion.

1 Corinthians 11:6
If a woman who wants to be in leadership will not conform to the customs of what is proper for women, she might as well cut off her hair. But if it’s disgraceful for her to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, let her cover her head. (I sense this scripture is about a woman appropriately covering her beauty in order to minister to people – i.e. men, who can be distracted by the beauty of a woman. Sometimes I think God puts things in scripture worded in such a way just to see if we are smarter than a 5th grader. If we can’t figure it out in several thousand years we will all just laugh about it with Him in heaven when we get there.)

1 Corinthians 11:7
A man in leadership is under no obligation to have his head covered in the public gatherings, because he is the portrait of God and reflects his glory. The woman, on the other hand, reflects the glory of her husband,

1 Corinthians 12:28
God has placed in the church the following: First apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then those with gifts of miracles, gifts of divine healing, gifts of revelation knowledge, gifts of leadership, and gifts of different kinds of tongues.

Ephesians 5:23
for the husband provides leadership for the wife, just as Christ provides leadership for his church, as the Savior and Reviver of the body.

1 Peter 5:2
to be compassionate shepherds who tenderly care for God’s flock and who feed them well, for you have the responsibility to guide, protect, and oversee. Consider it a joyous pleasure and not merely a religious duty. Lead from the heart under God’s leadership—not as a way to gain finances dishonestly but as a way to eagerly and cheerfully serve.

1 Peter 5:5
In the same way, the younger ones should willingly support the leadership of the elders. In every relationship, each of you must wrap around yourself the apron of a humble servant. Because: God resists you when you are proud but multiplies grace and favor when you are humble.