“And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” 2 Timothy 2:24
This past Saturday, the Fanning the Flame team gathered to listen to a talk on a CD, given by Pastor Harry Reeder, author of From Embers to a Flame. The title was “Creating a Culture For Change” and it dealt with leaders and how they are to deal with the difficulty of leading a congregation through transitional times.
HUMILITY is the watchword. People are not won over by force and impatience. They will be won over by leaders who exhibit the teaching methods of Jesus, leaders who see themselves as servants. Leaders must earn the right to lead by their own behavior.
Here were some of his suggestions for the Pastor:
- Believe the gospel
- Exemplify in his own life a dedication to the disciplines of prayer, study, worship and the means of grace
- Pay close attention to himself and his teaching — be stable, share what is going on in bite-size nuggets
- Keep watch on his words and attitude
- Let people know that he is committed to them and to his call
- Be appropriately committed to his spouse and children
- Do not make excuses or become defensive.
Suggestions to the leadership team included:
- Pray for the team
- Be ready for the team to change
- Develop a meaningful relationship with the Pastor
- Spend time together in fellowship and prayer
- Find ways to encourage and empower each other
To be continued …..