Good Folks, it is Friday, June 12, 2015
I came across an article that gave characteristics of leaders for a group called The Beatitudes Society. The leaders of The Beatitudes Society invest in having the following qualities:
- Entrepreneurial: people who start something new.
- Innovative: people who ask, “Is there a better way to do this?
- Courageous: people who say, “Let’s do it.”
- Compassionate: people who ask, “Who’s suffering? What can we do?”
- Passionate about social justice: people who ask, “What’s the upriver cause of this suffering? How can we change this?”
- Collaborative: people who say, “Let’s do this together.”
- Resilient: people who say, “Let’s try again, this time a little different.”
- Persevering: people who say, “Hang in with me; I’ll hang with you.”
- Authentic: people who are real.
- Integrated: people whose souls show up in their roles.
- Centered: people who act from their heart.
- Spiritually alive: people who pay attention to the movement of the Spirit.
- Hospitable: people who say, “Welcome” to everybody and mean it.
John Maxwell often would define leadership as an individual who has influence. Influence is real important. Yet, the agenda of a person who has the leadership skill of influence is paramount. Is this for a personal or corporate agenda?
The church has a rich history of leadership, starting in the Old Testament with Abram, Sarai to Popes of the Roman Catholic Church, and especially Bishops of The United Methodist Church as well. Some church leaders have a personal social agenda that hurts and divides more than what heals and unites. Christian leaders have an agenda that is God’s agenda.
When you read and re-read the list and description of qualities that The Beatitudes Society invests in, we as a local church should do no less within our own community of faith. I firmly believe that a local church can be an “incubator” for leadership development. In fact, its very mission dictates: To make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. Local churches provide the most significant arena through which disciple making occurs. BOD, ¶120
Disciples of Jesus Christ are leaders, and the church needs leaders. In fact, Jesus is counting on it. He does not have a Plan B. Are you in? Can the church count on you?
See you Sunday. Invite a friend, relative, acquaintance or neighbor…or all four. Be blessed.