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
In the life of a person of faith-very few things are as annoying as a “person” who talks faith, looks good but doesn’t add any value to the movement. This person misrepresents their actions and deeds by lying on the regular.
This type of exaggeration is not only a hold up to the church and faith community. But, if I were to use a similarly situated secular example-I would use the example of a person who once said- that they have the skills of Basketball Legend Micheal Jordon-but when on the court they could not even pull off a grade school level jumper shot-what a major disappointment. (picture, below).
In the life of those who don’t exercise faith-they will always look for a reason to put the church down. Let’s not give them that reason, by being insincere.
According to Apostle James in Scripture_ Faith without works (deeds) is dead (James 2:26 NIV). I agree with Apostle James-When your works and deeds don’t coincide-we must consider the following takeaways:
Examine your heart, Ask God to help you grow in “TRUTH AND IN SPIRIT.”
Find out what internal struggles are inside of you and if those issues prevent you from doing sincere work. Then remove those struggles!
Remind yourself the next time you misrepresent your commitment you destroy yourself because everything we do in life echo’s in eternity.
Lastly, as people of faith we must be prepared to navigate the difficult lifelong process that is “our walk with faith.” Please know that you can’t do that if you won’t “walk the right walk.” SO STOP FRONTIN! (glg)
Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Minister, Social Activist, and the Editor of the One World internet journal. Greer is the Founder of Freedom First International a human rights NGO. He has written extensively about Faith, American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of economics and politics. His stories have also appeared in The Huffington Post, CNN, Apolitical America,and he is a frequent commentator on MSNBC online. His first book, Fighting for Human Rights is scheduled for release in Summer 2019. Listen to Greer’s radio podcast at OneWorld Talks -if you are interested in interviews from him, you can email firstname.lastname@example.orgHis website is www.gregglgreer.com
had this to say: “When you hear about slavery for 400 years … For 400 years? That sounds
like a choice.” Kanye’s answers seemed to not only frustrate a TMZ staffer who during the
taping answered Kanye by what seemed like an apparent verbal debate-that began
shortly thereafter. (TMZ employee’s name is Latahn. His statement is statement below):
While you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives,” Lathan said. “We have to deal with the marginalization that’s come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice.”
The quote from Kanye comes at a time when he has shown support and “Love,” for the
embattled U.S. President Donald J. Trump-also Kanye recently appeared in public
wearing a Make America Great again Red Cap (picture, below).
Kanye Tweets his “Love” for Donald Trump:
Here is his series of tweets Tuesday evening:
You don’t have to agree with trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.
If your friend jumps off the bridge you don’t have to do the same. Ye being Ye is a fight for you to be you. For people In my life the idea of Trump is pretty much a 50 50 split but I don’t tell a Hillary supporter not to support Hillary
I love Hillary too.
As his words are setting the Twitter world on fire, Kanye tried to explain what he meant.
And then Kanye quickly made it about Kanye:
“The reason why I brought up the 400 years point is because we can’t be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years. We need free thought now. Even the statement was an example of free thought. It was just an idea. Once again I am being attacked for presenting new ideas.“
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
The move by Kanye has caused a firestorm in the face of allegations that President
Donald Trump has multiple Americans who are accusing him of stoking racism-more
specifically- by reiterating this campaign slogan: “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!”-Many
disappointed fans of Kanye are responding negatively against the rappers current actions.
In addition, The President Trump recently replied to a tweet sharing a Washington
Post and other media outlets articles accusing the President of attacking prominent
African Americans “to feed his support of a belief that the system is rigged for
minorities.” We will see how this fiasco plays out for Kanye. (glg)
Gregg L. Greer a Public Speaker, Minister, Social Activist, and the Editor of the One World internet journal. Greer is The Founder of Freedom First International a human rights NGO. He has written extensively about American politics, civil rights, and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in CNN, and he is a frequent commentator on MSNBC online. Listen to his radio podcast at OneWorld Talks -if you are interested in interviews from from him and others of the brightest minds today, you can email him at email@example.comHis website is www.gregglgreer.com
For Immediate Release: Media Statement from Family and Advocacy of Semaj Crosby_regarding concerns about community activist (group)
Greetings, over the course of the last few days week beginning this past week- Jedidiah Brown the Leader of the group now known as the Freedom Fighters made a declaration of support then offering their movement and assistance to the family, community, and known advocacy for Semaj Crosby. From the very start of the announcement the group made it their own mission to declare their solidarity with finding “Justice,” for Semaj Crosby a 16 month old homicide victim from Joliet Township, IL.
Despite the group’s framing of their effort as a movement to spark “national interest,” in Semaj’s already nationally known case- we are very clear that this narrative is completely false and a gross misrepresentation of the known facts as laid out by groups already on the ground including the family, the community members, officials and known advocacy -who have worked diligently and been on the ground since the very moment Semaj disappeared-please note the groups continue to work progressively to support Justice for Semaj Crosby to this very day!-For the record these groups have rallied, protested, and educated the national and international public about Semaj’s case and specifics.
Please Note: The groups by name: Justice for Semaj Action Team, Freedom First International, community members, and concerned family members including the child’s Father James Crosby have/are working with State Senators and with other officials on the ground-all to help move this case forward and find “Justice for Semaj.”
While we understand the Freedom Fighters desire for Justice, we truly believe that if our fight is to be successful and ultimately if “Justice” is won for Semaj Crosby-the effort must move forward without confusion, without misinformation tactics, and without mowing down the concerned family members, advocacy, and the community with malice.
Points that we very much like to highlight:
Freedom Fighters group began raising money through “Cash Apps” and Paypal in Semaj Crosby’s name without Authorization from the family despite the fact that the family now holds the authorization to the estate of Semaj Crosby.
They group are now using Semaj Crosby’s likeness and image again without authorization of Estate of Semaj as Freedom Fighter Brand awareness. An action which is totally unacceptable and must immediately cease. (Picture below)
Jedidiah Brown has made multiple false and unproven statements-interjecting himself into the case-even to the extent of calling local officials to solicit information.
We (advocacy) are concerned about statements and negative entanglements that already surround this group and it’s leader from their actions in Rosemont, IL with the Mother Teresa Martin of Kenneka Jenkins and statements of misappropriation of “fundraising efforts” by organizers which included Brown.
Also-Jedidah Brown personal (public) concerns of fraudulent activity as laid out by his own family members including one “Asia Love” a cousin. (video, supplied below) from earlier this year. This includes Brown’s known public suicide attempt from Lakeshore Drive (article below).
In Closing at this point-we as the community don’t mind anyone who offers to help and that help is readily welcome it-but we must be clear in the fact that we would hope and pray for the help that is sincere. We would go on to say sincere help is very much needed, respected and more then appreciated form those who have not shown a serious pattern of misdirection, alienation of others, which only adds to the confusion of a very complex case. As far as the Freedom Fighters-At this point we must clearly disregard any offer for help unless authorized by our coalition.
We must note that at this point we need legislation, “more vigils and prayers.”
For immediate Release: Social Justice Activist (Organizers) meet outside of State Representative’s office to urge passage of Historical Laquan McDonald Act.
Photo Attribution: RAW STORY
Today May 1, 2017 –at 4:00 pm at
Office of Barabra Flynn Curry: 1303 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615
A group of civil rights organizers are meeting today to rally further for The proposed legislation was inspired by the fallout of the release of the McDonald shooting video.
William Calloway, who was instrumental in getting the Laquan McDonald tape released, speaks to introduce the LaQuan McDonald Act to recall elected officials who cover up crimes on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. | Brian Jackson/For the SunTimes
Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke could be seen on dashcam video shooting the 17-year-old boy 16 times in the 4100 block of South Pulaski on Oct. 20, 2014.
Among the speakers at this evening’s rally will be Activist William Calloway (pictured right) William Calloway, who was instrumental in getting the Laquan McDonald tape released. Gregg L.Greer of Freedom First International, a Chicago-based organizer who has worked Nationally leading advocacy for the Tamir Rice case 12-year-old shot by Police in Cleveland, OH, has worked with the family of Alton Sterling shot and killed by Police in Baton Rouge, LA, well known activist-Tio Hardiman, President of Violence Interrupters amongst others.
This group of organizers have been on the ground in Chicago since November 2015, after an order from a Cook County judge, the city released the video, sparking weeks of protest and calls for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, and then-Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy to resign.
This gathering is important due to attention the Laquan McDonald Bill is beginning to gain, support. The group hopes to reach state Representative, Barbara Flynn Currie who proudly represents the 25th District in the Illinois House of Representatives. Curries Said, “I will do my best to respond to the needs of the District and of the vulnerable people across the state.
Thus far the bill is gaining the support of multiple Political pundits including State Reps Robert Rita (D- 28th District), and State Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake). If passed the bill will be rare and historical.
Recent initiatives to address
Recent-Change national perceptions of people of color and others about the serious and real need for Chicago Police Reform.
WHAT:Press Conference and Community Action requesting Passage of House Bill 4041 which is now theLaquan McDonald Bill
WHERE:Office of Barbara Flynn Curry: 1303 E 53rd St, Chicago, IL 60615
WHO: Freedom First International_Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Chirstionnaires, Tree of Life Justice League of Illinois.
WHY: Two years ago Laquan McDonald lost his life tragically and unnecessarily. His death was a wake-up call for our city on an issue that has challenged the city for decades, and the bill will bring a renewed commitment to a much-needed public mindset about policing and community relations.
PHOTO/STORY OPP: Civil Rights Organizers and Community Folks who want change nationally
AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_unfair Police Policy in Chicago, IL and nationally.
National (local) News and other media surrounding the incident:
Are media advisers willing to give one on one interviews: Yes
Tomorrow April 29, 2017 –at 12:00 pm at Grand Rapids Police HQ
1 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
National news from Grand Rapids, Michigan shows a concerned mother is speaking out after an extremely disturbing video that was released showing officers holding a group of unarmed black teens, including her 14-year-old son, at gunpoint on the ground.
The incident happened after Grand Rapids police responded to a report of 100 teenagers fighting, but after searching the area police only found about 20 or 25 youths and no fight, and obviously “no guns,” Grand Rapids Police Public Information Officer Terry Dixon told ABC News today
“Guys, get on the ground. Keep your hands out,” a Grand Rapids police officer tells a group of youths in the video. “Just follow our directions and we’ll be all right, OK?” This March 24 exchange, which was caught on body camera, came after a report of a group of teenagers carrying a gun; however, police later learned these youths weren’t armed.
Shawndryka Moore, whose 14-year-old son was among the teens forced to the ground, told ABC News in an interview that her son was confused and traumatized. “A whole month later it still hurts,” Moore said. “The hurtful part is how badly this could have ended. … my son and others on the ground by people that’s supposed to protect them.”
A police spokesman said the officers’ actions followed protocol and displayed “professionalism … throughout the entire ordeal,” though the spokesman added that “it is unfortunate … the teens had to endure this.”
The questions we must ask ourselves. We could ask-Why would any police take the word of a man and hold a pistol over the body of 13-year-old boys? Why would any witness’ story be changed? The statement below is from one of the organizers of the Press ConferenceIt’s because- They are victims of a police force that overwhelmingly assumes first that most young black men are criminals followed by fear of them. They are victims of bad legislation, like the Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, that gives anyone the unfettered right to kill “us” if they feel threatened in any way by “us.”.We need more love in our communities! We don’t see the same love and acceptance for our black children unconditionally that you see in other communities even the white areas. Regardless of our child’s age- We demand respect and to instill feelings of acceptance and self-worth. I would suggest to the Police on the ground that day-”You teach children, by how you treat them, that they are valuable and worthy of love.”At any point, these children could have been a Trayvon Martin or a Tamir Rice! As Police Officials, you have the power to stave off feelings of emptiness that these young men feel day by day but it’s that unfortunate you choose not to! Instead, you penalize the children and for the rest of their lives, they develop a mistrust of Police Officials.Sure, you say that pointing the Gun at them was a protocol and procedure, but I ask did you- talk to your children about racism ― tell them that Tamir Rice was just an innocent child whose death was motivated by racism. Ultimately some of these questions will be answered by investigators. Other questions—the deeper, more disturbing ones that ask about equality and intolerance—must be answered by our communities, and we will not accept any answer as sufficient. We will be the voice that controls the Narrative of our community.
For your part, a public apology is in order and I also ask that you make a proclamation for change. Nothing else will be sufficient.
For my part I’m organizing a “Peaceful Protest Rally to be scheduled at 1 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 at noon this Saturday.”
Recent initiatives to address
Recent-Change national perceptions of people of color and others about the serious and real need for Police Reform.
WHAT:For immediate Release: Social Justice Activist call for Accountability and Answers for the actions of Police who held children at gunpoint. To hold Rally on Saturday
WHERE: Grand Rapids Police HQ 1 Monroe Center St NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
WHO: Freedom First International_S.C.L.C, and others.
WHY: Police in Grand Rapids, Mich., are being taken to task over procedures that resulted in guns being pointed at a group of innocent children. The officer’s own body camera recorded the tense confrontation. The boys, aged 12 to 14. The Activist want to draw attention to the fact that national policy of policing has to change.
PHOTO/STORY OPP: Civil Rights Organizers and Community Folks who want change nationally in the wake of growing criticism of the Police Policy. This group is looking to effect change on a national level.
AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_unfair Police Policy in locally and nationally.
National (local) News and other media surrounding the incident:
For immediate Release: Social Justice and immigrant Activist rally this Friday to make demand to the Trump Administration to stop illegal deportations
April 7, 2017 at Broadview Immigration Processing Center (1930 Beach St., Broadview, IL)
A group of civil rights and immigrant activists will gather on this Friday morning to express fears over the direction President Donald Trump is taking the country with immigrant rights.
They fear families will be torn apart by deportation and blocked from reuniting with relatives seeking to flee war and oppression in other countries after the president signed a pair of executive orders tightening immigration measures.
“We are working to wake up those who refuse to believe that “making America great again” means spreading a message of racial separatism and hate. closing off our nation with walls, illegally detaining men, women, and children, stripping cities of federal funding and tearing families apart with deportations,” For the record Freedom First International is part of the group also participated in the massive Trump protest in Chicago that put 16,000. people in Downtown.” Gregg L.Greer President of Freedom First International.
For the record:
At the start of this effort the Family members and Community activist-Leadership will hold a joint Press Conference (briefing) -This Friday/morning April 7, 2017 in Broadview, IL at 7:15 AM, people of faith, civil rights activist and others will join together in a prayer vigil-protest demonstration at Broadview Immigration Processing Center (1930 Beach St., Broadview, IL) to support those who are in the immigration deportation process, the families of those being deported, and to be a public witness to the injustices of our harsh (enhanced) immigration system. The event will be coordinated by members of several organizations who will join leadership on the ground. Stand with us!
Recent initiatives to address
Recent-Change national perceptions of people of color and others about The Trumps immigration policy
WHAT:Press Conference and Community Action requesting the Trump Administration to Stop forced immigrations.
WHERE:Broadview Immigration Processing Center (1930 Beach St., Broadview, IL)
WHO: Freedom First International_Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Violence Interrupters, Tree of Life Justice League of Illinois and others.
WHY: Family and activist will address concerns that situation may be growing more volatile due to negative community pushback.
Many folks nationally believe that the Trump administration’s-policy is both Illegal and unconstitutional.
PHOTO/STORY OPP: Civil Rights Organizers and Community Folks who want change nationally in the wake of growing criticism of the Trump Immigration Policy.
AREA of INTEREST: Public Safety/ National Policy Reform against_unfair immigrations in Chicago, IL., and Nationally.