Insights on Leadership

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

I spent last week learning with twenty other pastors from around North America, who’ve been invited by Arrow Leadership, to be led more by Jesus, lead more like Jesus and lead more to Jesus. This ministry of pastoral leadership development has been a great privilege and blessing. Each time we gather we have experts from different arenas of ministry come to teach and interact with us. Here are a few insights from the week that apply to your own context responsibility, whether workplace or home.

On Leadership:
**Self leadership comes before team, family or organizational leadership.
**The popular images of leadership are “strong, visionary and successful.” The common realities of leadership, however, are “complexity, confusion and chaos.” This environment requires leaders to primarily be trial-and-error learners.
**One definition of leadership is “the learning capacity to live/choose wisely in complexity.”

A Definition of Evangelism:
“Communicating the good news of God’s victory over all that is wrong in us and in the world, because of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.” (Wheaton College Task Force 2005)

On Global Mission:
Everything we attempt to do must be built on these three truths:

  1. God seeks the lost–and so do those who comprehend his heart.
  2. God sacrifices to get the message of his love out–and so do those who comprehend his heart.
  3. God sends us to be his ambassadors–an awesome truth for those who comprehend his heart.

Have you registered for Alpha? The Alpha Course is an excellent overview of the “good news of God’s victory over all that is wrong in us and in the world.” Come for a review Christian basics of belief, or serve as an ambassador for Christ and bring a friend with you who is asking the questions of life.