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> He shouldnt lead because he controls (i.e., gives) a major portion of the contribution. Persons in this category have been known to cut off their contributions because they didnt get their way or certain leadership positions. Money must not talk in church affairs.
He shouldnt lead because of pressure. There are some men who have been pressured into leadership roles by their wife, family, members of the congregation, or some other person. One fellow said, I took the job just to get them off my back. God doesnt use pressurewhy should we?
He shouldnt lead out of selfishness. Some men accept positions because they want to see a pet project or work accomplished. One man joined the preacher-selection committee so that he could push for the hiring of his brother-in-law. His actions split the church.
He shouldnt lead because of insecurity. This may sound a little out of place because we dont normally think of an insecure person accepting leadership responsibilities. The insecurity I am thinking about, however, has to do with salvation. Some think they will be lost if they dont accept certain responsibilities. This attitude causes one to work for his salvation daily.
He shouldnt lead if he isnt prepared. This is why leadership training is so important in the church. Many men are struggling to do the best they can without any real know-how or training for the jobs they have been assigned. This doesnt have to be the case. If men will study and prepare themselves, they can be successful leaders for the Lord.
Some Positive Reasons
The previous ten points dealt with attitudes. They are the keys to good, effective leadership; that is, good attitudes are the keys. The following points should help us answer the question: Why be a leader? These deal with attitudes, too, as well as positive reasons.
There must be a valid reason for attempting the demanding responsibilities of leadership.
Gods cause needs good leaders. His work is the most important in the worlda work which relates to time (now) and eternity (future). Through the centuries, men have given themselves to both honorable and dishonorable causes. But when we come to the work of the Lord, every cause is high and noble. Take, for example, teaching the lost or caring for the needy. These are works that are blessed of the Lord (Mark 16:15,16; James 1:27). The Fathers cause is so great that dedicated men and women are needed to fulfill it. Stop for a moment and think about the many works we have been privileged to do. Think of their value and benefits. This is why we must pray that the Lord of harvest will send forth laborers. Will you be one of them? The choice is yours!
The work cannot be left to chance. Some seem to think that some way, some how, even without prepared leaders, the work of the Lord will be accomplished. This is false reasoning. It is like saying that it isnt important to train medical doctors to treat the sick because if the ill are meant to get well, they will. Gods work must not be left to chance or haphazard approaches. God needs dependable leaders who can accomplish the work he has given his church. This is why you need to be a leader!
The lost are waiting. Suppose you were told that you would be given a million dollars upon completion of some basic training to prepare you for rescuing persons trapped in dangerous circumstances. What would you do? If you are like most, you would rush into training and then on the rescue mission, so that you could get the million dollars. No doubt you would reason that it was not for the money, but to help those in the dangerous circumstances. Think for a moment. The spiritual lost are in the worst circumstances of allwithout hope (John 8:24-28; Eph. 2:1,2). They are waiting for you to rescue the perishing. This is why you need to be a dedicated leader in the cause of Christ.
The Lord expects you to lead. I base this statement upon what I believe to be the basic definition of leadership. Leadership is based upon what you say and upon what you do. Therefore, whether we like it or not, the Lord expects each member of his church to say and do those things that will bring glory to him. This is not saying that every man must do a certain task or accept a specific responsibility. It merely means that you are leading in one way or another. Why not, therefore, prepare yourself to be the best you can possibly be? Study the commands of the Lord and see how many of them apply to youyou will soon conclude that God wants you to lead.
Because of the results. Consider the rewards of being a leader for the Lords cause. The personal blessings and satisfactions are enough to motivate a person to be involved in the work of the church. When you add to this the additional blessings of helping others and the reward of heaven, you have results that are almost beyond comprehension. No other field of endeavor provides the results that the work of the results that the work of the church provides. Want results? Try church leadership!
Because of the times. No other generation has faced the challenges and complexities that the churches of today face. A population of over five billion, mass communications that bring the world into you living room, technological advances that stagger the mind, giant financial resources, and a host of other factors underline the challenging times in which we live.
There are many valid answers to the question: Why be a leader? The six I have listed, however, should serve as a beginning point for further thought and study on this important question. Young and old within the church must come to grips with it. It must be answered before a man will move ahead as a dynamic leader for the Lords cause. How about you? Have you answered the question?
This excerpt is the first chapter from Christian Leadership Handbook by J. J. Turner.
J.J. Turner presently serves as Director of the Bear Valley School of Preaching in Denver, Colorado. He has been preaching for more than 25 years, having served churches in Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and California. He taught for ten years in the School of Biblical Studies in West Monroe, Louisiana, where he also served as Dean. He presently serves as editor of Christian Bible Teacher magazine and is the former editor of Christian Family Magazine. He is the author of 55 books on a variety of subjects, as well as eight study guides, six tracts, and numerous video study courses. Turner has had a number of years radio and television experience and presently is the speaker for The Positive Way. He has conducted meetings, seminars, workshops, and retreats in 40 states and 12 countries. He has earned the B.A., M.A., M.R.E., D. Min., and Ph.D. degrees. He and his wife, Isabel, have two children.