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Will The Leaders Please Lead?

 Remember the day when leaders said things like “the buck stops here”(Truman) and “when you can’t make them see the light, make them feel the heat” (Reagan)?

And they meant it?

How about this one from General Douglas MacArthur? “A true leader has the confidence to stand alone, the courage to make tough decisions, and the compassion to listen to the needs of others. He does not set out to be a leader, but becomes one by the equality of his actions and the integrity of his intent.”

This nation has many people in leadership positions, but who is really leading? 

There are many vying for our votes, hoping to be the next President of the United States. They all say they’re leaders. But in what way are they leading?

In my opinion, much of what’s taking place today is because there’s a lack of leadership. Of course, in a society that pretty much buys into the “you do your thing, I’ll do mine” mentality, who’s going to get in front of that train and say, “Whoa!”?

Only a leader. 

But who wants to try and explain to the masses they’re heading the wrong direction, especially if it could cost them their job?

Only a leader.

Of course, it’s important for everyone to be accountable for their actions, say and do the right thing. No one gets a free pass, for we all will reap what we sow.

However, where nations, countries, or governments are concerned, it’s the leaders who are accountable to God.

In other words, those who stand and say, “I’m the leader”, will also have to give an answer to the One who put them in office and Who established governments in the first place.

And it’s the leader who must acknowledge before the Court of Heaven, “We have turned from Your ways, O God, to our own selfish ways. Forgive us, Righteous God, lead us in paths of righteousness. Protect us by Your might, Great God and King! In the Name of the matchless Son of God, Jesus. Amen.”

Throughout history, leaders such as Abraham, David, Jehoshaphat, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and Franklin Roosevelt faced impossible odds. But as they led their people with humility and repentance before the Lord, God wrought miracles for their nations.

Though God had plans to destroy a major metropolis in Jonah’s day, when the king heard the prophet’s message and led his constituents in full scale repentance, God stopped the planned destruction.

“The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, ‘By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.’

“When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.” (Jonah 3:6-10 ESV)

Jeremiah wrote that the nation of Israel was being judged, exiled for 70 years in a foreign land.

Why? Because of Israel’s leaders. Her prophets, priests, and princes. 

It’s the way God established governments from the beginning. He put them in place for the benefit of His people, but also reserved the right to change things if necessary.

And it’s beginning to look as though it’s necessary.

So will the leaders please lead? Will those who blow about all their qualifications, and why they deserve the highest office in the land, please just lead this nation in humbling ourselves before the Mighty God?

Please?

Before it’s too late.

How May We Help You?

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How May We Help You?

You are a leader!

A leader of men and women, boys and girls. A leader for God in His Kingdom on Earth, and in the future, Heaven. You have heard the call of God and have sensed His anointing and His direction.

You are a leader!

You’re passionate about what you know and believe. Your heart is for God and all the things He loves. You hunger to see people of all ages and ethnicities come into His kingdom. You pray for the lost, for laborers, and for wisdom and revelation from the Spirit of God.

You are a leader!

Caring for those around you, mentoring and discipling new believers, ministering love and grace to the broken; that’s what you do. Restoring the fallen, encouraging the downtrodden, and weeping with those who grieve; that’s your calling, not your occupation.

You are a leader!

Whether anyone follows or not, you are a leader! Though some may violate you with slander, gossip, and even physical attacks, you are a leader! You know your course, you have His Word, you live by faith, and have hope as an anchor for your soul.

You are a leader!

You seek God for the right word and the “now” timing where Heaven and Earth connect and lives are eternally changed. You believe God calls, sends, and anoints people for specific places and seasons, to join in the work of the Kingdom of God and the local church.

You are a leader!

You believe God. You preach God. You love God. You know God.

And I honor you.

So, how may we help you?

How can my wife and I come alongside you and what God is doing in your area; and lend a helping hand? God has anointed us to help others in different ways. Preaching and demonstrating encouragement, leading people in worship and mentoring worship leaders and teams.

How may we help you?

We believe God wants to do something great through you! Something greater than you or I can even imagine. We believe He is able to do exceeding, abundantly, above all we ask or even think!

So, how may we help you?

We’ve been in the pastoral trenches for 18 total years. We understand the dynamics between pioneering a church and pastoring an established work. We know the struggles of pastoring a church while working full time outside the church, as well as the different issues a “full-time” pastor experiences.

How may we help you?

We know the pain of failure and the joy of restoration. We’ve witnessed the attacks of the evil one and the victory that comes from Jesus, and His Church. We have spent hours listening to the hurts, and to the dreams, of leaders just like you. We don’t have any magic answers, but we do have time to listen.

So, how may we help you?

You are a leader! May we come alongside you and help?

We would love to!

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Biblical, Spiritual Elders

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Biblical, Spiritual Elders

“Doing” church these days can be kind of confusing. Trying to understand terminologies, such as bishop, deacon, head deacon, minister, pastor, elder, and so on can really be overwhelming. Discussing such a topic as Kingdom Leadership can be as challenging as discussing the Holy Spirit’s ministry in a cross-denominational discussion forum. Wide variety of opinions, interpretation of scripture, and personal feelings sometimes find their way into the discussion.

Understanding that dynamic, let me say up front that, though I hold my opinions expressed in this article to be true, I do not, for a minute, believe I have full and complete revelation on the matter. I simply want to share truth as I see it, submit it to other Kingdom Leaders for review and dialog, and continue to grow in Kingdom Leadership effectiveness. And I wouldn’t be surprised to have people write and tell me I need to get a life, or something.

I do not want to “split hairs” with this subject. The Kingdom of God is not in word only, but in power. It’s not what we call ourselves that really matters. Yet we need to understand how Kingdom leadership works, how we submit to it and function in it.

Biblical, spiritual elders. Paul said, “Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” (Acts 20:27 -28 NKJV) Overseers – elders. The term, Elder, is not just a New Testament term. It was used a lot in the Old Testament when referring to the leaders under Moses, those Joshua appointed, as well as other men and women of God.

Basically, a biblical, spiritual elder is someone ordained and anointed by God, and recognized by other leaders, to help equip, exhort, and encourage the Church. Theirs may not be a widely known ministry , or, they MAY be well known throughout the Body of Christ. They link with others, either on a local scale, such as a local fellowship of believers, or on a much broader scale, such as city-wide, regional, national or even global scale. Point is, they link together for the purpose of governing and directing the Church to enable it to fulfill its divine destiny. Whether their ministry is “small” or “large”, it is indispensible.

An elder can operate as an Apostle, Prophet, or any of the “5-fold” ministries mentioned in Ephesians 4:11. However, in my opinion, they don’t have to be defined or confined by one of the 5 mentioned, to be an elder. They may preach, prophesy, pray, teach or lead worship. Or, they may not be used of God for any of those specific purposes. Or, the opposite may be true. True Apostles, Prophets, etc. are elders, but not all elders are apostles. Peter made a statement in 1 Peter 5:1, “now a word to you who are elders in the churches. I, too, am an elder…as a fellow elder I appeal to you.” (NLT)

It was explained to me, when I asked someone why the word “pastor” isn’t used much in the New Testament, that when the church was first formed the Apostles went around to different fellowships and appointed “elders” – those older, more experienced with life and how to deal with it, to help the younger ones. All were young in the faith. So, it was told me, God had a plan to help the Church grow until more people could be trained to lead.I believe most of that line of reasoning. What I’m not sure about is why the Church has, by and large, dropped “elder” from its lexicon. Now there are people in churches who wear the title of “Elder”, but that’s not what I’m referring to. An old mule could be called a kangaroo, but watch it long enough and you’ll know it’s not a kangaroo.

Biblical, spiritual elders, were established by God as far back as Adam. He was to rule, govern, under the authority of God Almighty. Things got messed up, but that didn’t take away Adam’s calling under God. God helped restore him and, I believe, poured into Adam truth that would affect generations to come. Study it out and you’ll find Adam living long enough to pour truth into many generations! When Adam died, though, people fell further and further from the Truth. Noah, Abraham and sons, Moses. These were all biblical, spiritual elders. They would help govern God’s people, and defend God’s righteous cause. They were people others could go to for counsel and support. People anointed and trusted to uphold truth in the spirit of love. The ones God anointed as judges, they also functioned as elders. The children of Israel did well as long as the judges were around, but when they died, each one did what was right in their own sight.

Reheboam, Solomon’s son, was asked a question pertaining to his new role of leader. He consulted his elders for advice. They told him to loosen the fist of leadership from around the people and they would follow him forever. That’s what the elders said. But he didn’t follow their advice. He followed the advice of his peers, his drinking buddies, who told him to tighten his fist around Israel. That advice split the Kingdom.

It’s good to have peers, partners, people who will agree with your every decision. But God has established elders in the Church. They are to help keep the Church from splitting and falling by the wayside. Even the great man of God, Moses, couldn’t fulfill his calling without the help of elders. Think about this. God used someone not “in the church” to help Moses see that truth!

The church has had elders for a long time. So why are there so many issues and divisions in the church today? Could it be that 1) the church hasn’t paid any attention to elders, not knowing those who labor among them, and 2) the church has paid TOO MUCH attention to them, idolizing them to the point of unsure footing? Unsure footing? Standing on man-made “truth” mixed with God’s Word. Shaky ground.

Use a concordance and look at the references for “Elder”. You’ll discover these truths about biblical, spiritual elders:

1. Elders have authority and responsibility to shepherd the church (see Isaiah 40:11)

2. Elders can carry on kingdom work even if the leader is absent

3. Elders are aware of “the times” and act appropriately.

4. Elders will follow the lead of spiritual authority, obey the placement (around the tabernacle), and receive the same spirit as their leader.

5. Elders witness transactions / deals made. They sit at the gate to rule, judge, and determine who enters, who trades and peddles, and see to it that justice and mercy work hand in hand.

6. Elders’ experience, as well as their spiritual insight, help them govern.

7. Elders have a direct bearing on the spiritual condition in the land.

8. Elders identify with the spiritual condition left them by previous generations and seek to rectify or build on the condition.

Whichever term you decide to use when referring to God given, God anointed, spiritual leadership, don’t forget their place in the Body of Christ. Remember James, “anyone sick…let him call for the ELDERS of the church…”? Elders. Might be a pastor, might be a prophet. Might be…but should be an elder.

I believe the Lord is saying He is “raising up people who will function in the Church, and in the world (Moses “communicating” with Pharaoh) as biblical, spiritual elders. Unknown by many, not wearing a particular title or badge, but walking in heaven’s authority. They will function as elder’s of old. Fire will fall from heaven as they speak heaven’s word. Miracles will multiply and Jesus will be magnified. Man’s “High Places” of idol worship will be distinguished between My place of True Worship. ”

“The end is close. The work is great. The Anointing of Jesus more than adequate! Be who you were made to be – recognize your place and others in the Body of Christ – and understand the Body functions as ONE.”

Elders. Not just a name.

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