Many believers have their favorite book of the Bible and/or a favorite verse. Well, I’m no different. I love Ephesians 4:11-12 where the Apostle Paul gives the foundational purpose of leadership. In these two verses, Paul says that God has called, prepared and commissioned leaders “to equip God’s people for works of service.”
Too often leaders view their role only as vision casters, decision makers, and problem solvers. Although each of these leadership roles is important one of the most neglected roles of leadership (in my opinion) is giving intentional focus to equipping people to serve Christ. I think the fulfillment of this task goes well beyond a Bible study or delivering a sermon. Equipping others requires leaders to be person specific; helping them maximize their gifting, passions, and skills so that they can joyfully and competently serve God and others. Over the last few years, this has been an area that I have given more attention to.
In 2015 I began to meet with four leaders with the aim of helping us all grow in areas of leadership. Some of these areas we are growing more skillful in are; defining leadership, vision, planning, priorities, leadership bravery, resolving conflict, situational leadership, decision-making, delegation, and time-management. In late 2016 I began another group of emerging leaders in which we are discussing similar topics in order to prepare them for their future roles in leadership.
In November 2017 I along with three other trainers will begin a Global Leadership development initiative that will train emerging leaders from the Americas, Europe, and Asia. This leadership initiative is a two-year equipping program that will enlist new participants every two years with the hope of having more equipped-ready to serve leaders to fulfill the mission God has given us.
For me, it’s energizing to see people hungry to grow in their personal faith and capacity to serve others. So my desire is for my personal leadership and the leadership of those I develop to emulate Psalms 78:72 where it says that “David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.”