Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship Part 4: Three Essential Qualities Of Transformative Biblical Leadership
Bishop Gregg L.Greer, Editor
In today’s tough modern age-Biblical Leaders must not only concern themselves with how to lead, but they must also address and understand why they are leading or what purpose after acknowledging that their calling and vocation comes from God the Father.
Biblical Leaders must find their why before they know their what. Most gain a sense of the term vision to describe a leader’s purpose and the future state for which they will influence others.
If we were to ask any self described church leader, then he or she would most likely tell you that the idea of vision is at the heart of leading others, to comprehend biblical leadership-then we must realize that in a biblical paradigm- vision flows first from God’s call to the leader.
To better illustrate our purpose we have decided to use the life and Ministry of Moses; Here is a passage about the events that set Moses on his path to righteousness.
Walking along the dusty, desert road, a man named Moses was caught off-guard. He saw a bush that was inflamed but not burning. Ablaze and lit up, it flickered with flecks of fire, but the bush, leaves, and stems were not consumed. Slowly, cautiously, Moses approached the burning bush—and everything changed.
It seems to be extraordinary that Moses (illustration, above) had a clear conversation with God about what to do with his life. This amazing burning-bush moment was like God’s telephone directly to Moses, revealing a clear mission of what he was supposed to do. How could we not be jealous of that?
With this fact in mind we have decided to put together three major bullet points that “Good,” Biblical Leadership should be able to understand.
1. Understanding of the Calling
We know that the Body of Christ is structured to equip us for our function. We understand from the Apostle Paul’s teaching that Christ, “gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head — Christ — from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
The real question here for most Christians is “How do we understand our place in the Body of Christ?” In other words, “What is my calling?”
2. Unquestioned Obedience to the Faith.
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (NIV)
What do we hope for? We grow in the understanding that God is trustworthy and honors his promises.
We can be sure that his promises of salvation, eternal life, and a resurrected body will be ours someday based on who God is.
The second part of this definition acknowledges our problem: God is invisible. We can’t see heaven either.
We must know that-eternal life, begins with our individual salvation here on earth, is also something we do not see, but our faith in God makes us certain of these things, as a Biblical Leader-they key to leading is to keep the faith connected throughout the process.
3. God’s Wisdom must come First
A Biblical Leader must NOT get their intellect confused with God’s plan. We have a dream, an aspiration, or a goal, and it becomes what we believe is God’s vision. We then go to God to convince him to get on board with what we want to see happen in the world. In essence we say, “God, please bless and resource MY plans.” This leads to failure, frustration, and misguided achievements, since God did not author the vision in the first place. Here, leaders achieve only to realize the achievements were not of God. Great Biblical Leadership has to begin and end with humbleness. After we must accept that God’s vision has to be the driving force of our wisdom.
Ministry is hard! Leadership is even more challenging! There will be plenty of times when we will want to throw in the towel and do something else—anything else.
But if we are to become effective leaders we must always be willing to give the gospel it’s place in our lives and ask God to give interpretation.
This is the Fourth Part of the Series Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship: Also coming is a book of the series will be released in September of 2018
Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship Part 2: Etiquette , Protocols, and Pure Righteousness in the Faith
Many times in the movement of faith people lack understanding of the basic rules that govern how we should conduct ourselves to make the faith experience as impactful as possible.
The major issues that govern how we should act are not necessarily written but some are implied and others we would expect to come naturally or with added logic-simply due to the fact that they follow the rules governed by society.
For clarification lets look at a few examples of what we mean:
Etiquette is a code of polite conduct. If you practice proper etiquette, you are less likely to offend or annoy people — and you may even charm them.
According to Bishop Don Adams Founder and General Overseer of the Building Gods Kingdom International Ministries and co-author of this series;
Without the proper etiquette-it is assured that issues remain in place that will take away from the faith experience….
Under this classification we could include items like:
Pulpit Etiquette -Before giving a sermon it is always necessary to announce, acknowledge and “Thank” the leadership of the church. 1) for their dedication to the faith, and 2) even if you are a guest preacher-it’s good practice to offer “Thanks,” to the leadership of the church (house)-for allowing you to come and share your faith in their service.
Dr. Keira Banks presents Spiritual Protocol as a tool and guide to assist pastors and believers in embracing the Biblical mandate for divine order in the local church. Pastors can use this book as a teaching tool in an effort to transition their entire congregations out of chaos and into the Kingdom of God realm of love, light, prayer and divine order. Individual believers will reference this book to ensure that their motives are pure and their conduct brings honor and glory to God.
This means the areas that protocols are set to address- items that are more standard policy either; written or expressed. For another example, a standard protocol in the church may be to open the service with a scripture reading and prayer-A process that most churches have adopted and follow routinely.
Lastly with that said, let us spend a little time on pure righteousness:
This is another area where sometimes the most natural spiritual experience is hampered by the “money see-monkey do-ism” of the church; for example-praying in submission to God. (see example in illustration below)
According to many people in the modern church- some love to pray in the “submission,” position. For our purposes-we only want people to let your posture express the attitudes of your heart. Not to follow someone else who you see using this prayer position without truly understanding what it means.
In the Biblical accounts of prayer, many postures are described. Abraham fell upon his face before God. (See Genesis 17:3, 17.) Moses prayed with his hands outstretched. (See Exodus 9:27–29.) King Solomon knelt in prayer. (See I Kings 8:54.) Jesus prayed looking up into heaven. (See Mark 6:41, John 11:41, and 17:1.)
Communication with God does not require a certain physical position, but postures do give expression to the attitudes of our hearts.
While we only provided a few examples-there a hundreds for more reasons why a little practice in learning to identify good “Etiquette , Protocols, and Pure Righteousness,” and how they interchange in the church can go along way into building a lasting faith experience. A more positive faith experience-where everyone is willing to come and share and grow in the Body.
Please know-these items are critical for faith leadership in the modern church to navigate and understand and apply daily.
This is the second Part of the Series Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship: When The Good News is Spiritually Based And When it is Not! Also A book of the series will be released in August of 2018
Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship Part 1: When The Good News is Spiritually Based And When it is Not!
Preaching is a dangerously high calling in which mere mortals dare to speak on behalf of God. All too often, well-intentions preachers preach poorly. But what do good preachers do well? And what can we learn from them? Simon Vibert has studied the work of today’s leading preachers with an eye for discerning the dynamics of effective preaching. Each chapter profiles a contemporary preacher and lifts out practical principles for sermons that are biblical, motivational and transformational.
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Gods word is the force and the power, that brings about obedience to all His laws. It is actually the creative word that produces the fulfillment of those laws in our lives. It was the creative word that brought the world into existence; God spoke and it was done.
That is because this planet, in its empty state, was not rejecting God’s word, this is why we must uphold and honor the word of God because when we do- the power that comes into us is truly “amazing,” to say the least.
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Philippians 4:6 ESV /
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
This simply means the approach must always be humble-petition for the will of God to shine through all that we do, and it will be given.
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Study and Meditate on Scripture continually!
God told Joshua, “Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed” (Joshua 1:8, NLT).
God’s definition of success in life is to know Him better. One way we do that is to read and understand His Word!
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Building bridges to bring others to Salvation must be our main goal.
Lastly, when the Lord shows you those needing Christ, you should always seek to build a relationship with them-and be an open conduit for their salvation.
Remember how Jesus went to the home of Zacchaeus where many sinners had gathered? While we must be careful not to place ourselves in an environment where we’ll be pulled down, we must be equally careful to cultivate friendships with those needing Christ.
When preaching always remember this golden rule-That Christ has placed you in your particular place just to reach those whom no one else can reach. Your mission at the end of it all is to-bring them home, bring them into “Salvation.”
This is the First Part of the Series Building God’s Kingdom Series on Organic Discipleship: When The Good News is Spiritually Based And When it is Not! Also A book of the series will be released in August of 2018
A Faith and Leadership Journal Commentary: Spiritual Warfare Part 2-Can Whole Communities Suffer From Demonic Oppression?
Hello in part 1-We have stated in an effort to understand with the battle over demonic spirits we have to understand internal signs to avoid and so on.
The Mob Mentality
According to biblical scripture-The “mob mentality” possibly could apply to the kingdoms of Sodom and Gomorrah (illustration, below) which we understand were allied with the cities of Admah, Zeboim and Bela. These five cities, also known as the “cities of the plain” (from Genesis in the Authorized Version), [Gen.13:10] Divine judgment by God was passed upon Sodom and Gomorrah and two neighboring cities, which were completely consumed by fire and brimstone.
Neighboring Zoar (Bela) was the only city to be spared. Sodom and Gomorrah have been used historically and today as metaphors for vice, sexual perversion, and homosexuality, although a close reading of the text and other Ancient Near Eastern sources suggest that this association may be incorrect.
On last point that I think it is very important to mention. According to historical research- it was during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the era of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation, there was an ‘epidemic’ of such possessions. Some of the hundreds of cases that were reported were group possessions in which many people in small, close-knit communities, such as convents and orphanages, displayed the same symptoms. Why?
The question as to why and how demon possession can effect mass groups of people is a good question, but If we use our imagination and possibly some common sense then we can say yes!-that consistent bad habits and filthily living may be a chronic incubator for evil to exist, and demons to feel motivated to work. Examples can be areas where drugs become influences, prostitution, wild parties and sex clubs are largely frequented and so on.
As a person of faith our response must be a clean healthy lifestyle. Period!
(This Article is Part 2 of A Seven Page Series on Spiritual Warfare)
The article that follows explores the history of persecution of the early church, some of the reasons behind it, and two important questions that we must raise with Christian responses to persecution: the glorification of persecution in the church, and why would anyone what to hurt Christians?
In the first few centuries of Christianity
Level, amount and Persecutions
According to historical record-The total number of Christians martyred in the early church is unknown. Although some early writers speak of “great “modern scholars tend to believe the actual number is not so great as is sometimes imagined. Out of the 54 emperors who ruled between 30 and 311 AD, only about a dozen went out of their way to persecute Christians.
It has been calculated that between the first persecution under Nero in 64 to the Edict of Milan in 313, Christians experienced 129 years of persecution and 120 years of toleration and peace.
The Roman persecutions were generally sporadic, localized, and dependent on the political climate and disposition of each emperor. Moreover, imperial decrees against Christians were often directed against church property, the Scriptures, or clergy only. It has been estimated that more Christians have been martyred in the last 50 years than in the church’s first 300 years.
Why is the Christian Church Persecuted
If we look at history we would see- In order to understand the distrust of Christianity, one can review and understand the Early Roman view of religion. For the Romans, religion was first and foremost a social activity that promoted unity and loyalty to the state – a religious attitude the Romans called pietas, or piety.
Cicero (pictured, right) wrote that “if piety in the Roman sense were to disappear, social unity and justice would perish along with it.”
The truth is at its core, the church is one giant social network. It exists as an intricate, but totally connected community. Even more important, many Christians believe that God is working within this network himself. Devotion to Jesus has been a large part of the African-American experience. The black church has been and continues to be a powerful force in the African-American community.
In the United States, Christians reacted to slavery in a substantially different way. While there was vocal Christian protest against the slave trade and much of the abolitionist movement was spear-headed by Christian people, there were also many Christians who defended slavery. The issue of slavery grew more divisive, and eventually most of the major Protestant denominations divided over the issue. This actually set the stage for the Civil War.
Another major example of Christian Persecution was The 16th Street Baptist Church bombing (below) was an act of white supremacist terrorism that occurred at the African-American 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama on Sunday, September 15, 1963, when four members of the Ku Klux Klan planted a minimum of 15 sticks of dynamite attached to a timing device beneath the front steps of the church.
Described by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as “one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity,” the explosion at the church killed four girls and injured 22 others.
What can we do in an effort of prevention
With structural racism the global issues are deep rooted worldwide. While the issues seem to become more pronounced everyday making this tragedy about religion instead of race allows many others to avoid discussions about how their positions vis a vis race and government tend to reenforce rather than dismantle the structural racism still present in our society today. On a more social, practical level, Christians are distrusted by extreme mist organizations in part because of the nature of their worship.
In any case, it is sad that such experiences ever occur, because the church is an indispensable part of the believer’s life. Not only does it provide a place to worship, serve and learn about God, but it is also a community where believers can practice love toward their brethren as the Bible requires; “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
These tools extend fellowship beyond the church walls and stretch it around the world are needed as They help us fulfill Jesus’ command to Peter, which still echoes for us today: “Put out into deep water” (Luke 5:4). GLG
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By Gregg L Greer, Editor for One World
In today’s modern age-The growing need for Urban Christian Leadership has emerged out of the reality of the poor, and the downtrodden, in our society and in communities across the world. The poor live in their sad existence seven days each week and 24 hours a day-change must come! If we would just imagine for a second the correlation between poverty and lack of leadership in urban communities across the country-Then we could more or less address the core issues more efficiently and perhaps we could say if we had “more” of solid leadership to represent us, then our state of wellness might change possibly overnight.
Book release 10-31-2014
The series is an excerpt from the book the “The Necessity of Urban Christian Leadership.” Which is written by Pastor Gregg L. Greer and the sponsor is the Urban Christian leadership Institute. This book is our opening season effort that means to address the serious need for leadership in every community around the world, overall our concern is to address the Urban Christian Leadership quality or lack of;
Philippians 2:3-4 “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (NKJV)
Most people understand that our desire for satisfaction always dictates the direction of our lives–whether it be the hunger of our stomachs, the desire for material wealth or prestige, or the longings of our spirits for God. But for Christian Communities around the world, the hunger for anything outside of the will and direction of God can be an enemy. While our hunger for God–and Him alone–is the only thing that will always bring life’s victory overall. If we are to understand the issue that affects our leadership, we must understand how to 1) first Recognize the core of the problem, and 2) secondly we need to understand why, the problem with leadership exist, one rational to consider is people’s “questionable,” Hunger for change.
Recognize and Resolve the problem!
Let’s be very honest: In many churches around the world the pipeline for “Salvation,” within the church is not the same thing as a pipeline that breeds and multiplies leaders. These are two different things. In truth, you need both-Followers and Leaders! Currently, most churches have only one-thus our communities truly do not have a conduit for leadership. If we are to consider helping one another then we must make a commitment to live our lives in search of Justice, and Truth everyday. May I offer just to make one simple suggestion-Make a Resolution? Commit to change today!
Every year, As I have grown wiser in recognizing the will of God and I won’t partake in New Year’s resolutions anymore, if I can help it. For my direction, I now try to do that which God wills me to do everyday! – Ecclesiastes 5:18, which is to relax and enjoy the life He has given! Remembering this life is but a vapor and things staying cleaned are less than that.
The main question that we must answer is what sort of resolutions with God would you want to make? What would God endorse? To answer those questions quickly – any resolution that sees eye to eye with his (God) word (His will) is the type God wants you to make. In the rest of this I will answer those questions with some down to earth humor and of course Biblical insights.
Hunger for Change
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
If one is a true Christian leader he must seek vision from God within the community and then being given the holy power to execute that vision — I call this “Our biblical marching orders.” That’s the birthright of every Christian…to hear the calling of the “Heavenly,” Father. But, in the way we handle our leadership, suddenly it’s set up whereas only the select and the elite few in our church-who are given this privilege. And let’s be clear: Our ego has a lot to do with this.
Independence in the church and community must be taught, People must take a stand and commit change. understand God doesn’t mind at all if you want to –, walk 20 miles a day, go back to college, learn to play the banjo, read all of 3000 of the T.D Jakes book collection in one night, if you paint your house that pink color you have always loved, stand outside in your underwear while drinking sassafras tea in the rain (I hope not!) or, even dance the night away to the 50’s oldies and so on. In truth our independent thought helps us all in our effort to evangelize the world.
Yet, we must always be mindful that, physical things have worth but godliness or godly living has the only value needed to improve our present life circumstance as well as for our life in eternity. Hello! for some that would be a wow principal concerning godly living! Here are a few items one must consider;
- We do not seek a single virtue of justice or rectitude toward others. The essence of Godly Living, for us (Christians) is state of harmony within your mind heart and soul; that is the seed out of which all single righteous virtues may grow.
- We should not merely a desire to be righteous-ignoring the world at large. As people of Faith, God’s love must be shared with all even (Non Believers).
- If there is a desire for merely for doing righteous things, but not for being righteous-then our effort is devoid!
My Question; Can you take to heart the following words Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke just four days before he was gunned down ?? “First, we are challenged to develop a world perspective. No individual can live alone, no nation can live alone, and anyone who feels that he can live alone is sleeping through a revolution.
“One day we will have to stand before the God of history and we will talk in terms of things we’ve done. Yes, we will be able to say we built gargantuan bridges to span the seas, we built gigantic buildings to kiss the skies. Yes, we made our submarines to penetrate oceanic depths.
We brought into being many other things with our scientific and technological power.
It seems that I can hear the God of history saying:
‘That was not enough!
But I was hungry, and ye fed me not. I was naked, and ye clothed me not. I was devoid of a decent sanitary house to live in, and ye provided no shelter for me. And consequently, you cannot enter the kingdom of greatness. If ye do it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye do it unto me.’
That’s the question we are facing to this day today
I fear some are not hungry for righteousness, but for the only for rewards of righteousness. Worldly goods cannot fill the soul of a man. Intellectual attainment cannot. Goodness will satisfy. There is no condition where we cannot be satisfied in the enjoyment of righteousness. Goodness does not forsake a man.
Being a disciple means being a learner of all the things Jesus was — and we know Jesus did multiply leaders. Scripture outlines truly practical models for church leadership you can learn to put into practice in your own context to begin identifying, training, and releasing kingdom leaders to do God’s work in the world. I’ve done it and I’ve seen other people do it all over the world. It can be done and done with incredible results.
The necessity for Urban Christian Leadership or any good leadership is deeply felt and needed around the world. This need starts with a special condition of the mind, and, an indication of a healthy, spiritual life which all people of faith must learn to receive-Post Haste!
In many churches-I visited I found a number of missionaries who had become pastors, who were unwilling to allow their youth, gifted though they were to go into the mother church and mentor. They (youth) were not allowed room to grow and most important we did not train them correctly in order to evangelize other youth of the community.
I do not mean to insinuate that these churches have not done good work. But after 20, 25 and 30 years of service we have to accept the fact that in our communities and in our country in which we have labored for so long, and in some cases even the local city (next block) in which they live and preach, is still (un)evangelized and crime filled. What a tragedy! They became pastors of churches instead of evangelists.
What then should they have done? We all should have followed the example of Paul. We should have kept the evangelization constantly in mind, adopting the scriptural methods that would have made this possible. The main business, the one and only business of the evangelist, is to train workers, and put responsibility upon them. We should always be appointed as evangelists or teachers according to their gifts and sent forth to evangelize. We should not be ordained as pastors and elders and placed in charge of churches, until they gained proving ground in evangelicalism. Every church should not be self-governing, and just as a hive when it repeatedly swarms not producing year after year….then a succession plan should be made!
I know, you may or may not agree with all that I have said. But one thing you cannot deny. Thus far, we have failed greatly to evangelize the “Faithful.” Then we must admit that something is wrong. I think we must all agree that our plan isn’t working. Then why not consider another? A plan tried and tested by the Early Church. A plan through which the Holy Spirit can operate. God‘s plan. God‘s way!
Peace, and Love
Pastor, Gregg Greer
Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Pastor, Writer and Social Activist. Gregg L. Greer as the Editor of One World, and One World Today internet journals. you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.