Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Leaders, Here Is the Best Piece of Advice

We all serve in some kind of leadership role. It is good to learn from each other, so I love this question that Lisa Bevere recently asked:

For all my sisters who serve in a leadership capacity at their church, what's your best piece of advice?


Here are just a few of the responses. Which one do you need to consider in your life? 

It's important for leaders to have integrity and be consistent. Guard your heart, don't take the bait, and see things from God's perspective!

Remember that you don't serve anyone but Jesus. Everything you do in the body of Christ is because of your love for Jesus. You can only give what has been poured into you. Also remember that you are a work in progress.

Stay humble. Keep your eyes on Jesus and don't allow offenses to creep in!

Don't lose intimacy with Christ. Set aside time for personal devotions and prayer. Don't work for God; work with Him. Love and have grace and mercy on people.

Know the difference between being led and feeling obligated or driven. You're only empowered to do what God leads you to do. The rest is a waste of energy.

Preach what you practice! Integrity is huge!

Do it for Jesus alone. Don't seek rewards, praise, and recognition. Let it be a bonus when these happen. Do it for Jesus, who loves purely, not based on our perfomance.

A good leader is first a good follower.

Have faith and forgive. Fix your eyes on Jesus. He is our source.

I've been so busy having babies that I have not been in a position of leadership in over a year now, but here's what I would say. Ask God to help you see those He brings you into contact with the way He does: through eyes of love and compassion and as ones whose sins have been covered.

Remain teachable at all times, especially when in a leadership role.

Help those you are leading, in this way showing them the love of Jesus.

Have vision backed up by the Word of God. Be committed, passionate, and mindful of the One you're serving.

First, regularly have quiet time with the Lord, like being in an upper room with Him. His presence is the answer for everything. Second, never compare yourself to anyone else and don't worry about what everyone thinks. What God thinks is what is important. :)

It's wonderful to be organized and use your administrative gift, but sometimes the Holy Spirit needs to take over fully. It may look messy, but in the end God is glorified! Trust Him in all things. Remember you're serving from the heart, not for accolades, and your service makes a difference in others' lives.

Know that God is faithful. Always stay humble and let Jesus guide your steps.

Shun offense. Don't pick it up. Don't hear it. Don't even look at it.

Honor the grace that God has given you for this season. Oftentimes we, myself included, get so caught up in the vision and the future without honoring the present.

These days I'm learning from the life of queen Esther, how she was humble and trusted God only. I'm also learning from great women of God in modern times, like you and Joyce Meyer. When we open our mouths, words of wisdom from God should flow out from us. We are the builder women of God. We are women of destiny.

Love! Walk in humility and serve like Jesus.

Be authentic, be yourself, and love God and His Word.

Lead by example. No one will or should follow us if we cannot be led. So, be teachable. Mostly, be patient. When things go 'wrong,' pray and get God's strategy and opinion before you take any action. Generally, I've found that given time, God resolves the issue with little or nothing required from me. Stay connected to and with God. Leadership is not for the faint of heart. You will not always be liked; you will get offended. But God will see you through it all! I would further say (to a new leader especially) what a leader told me: Start making every decision as if you are already in the position you are hoping to achieve. That way you will develop the character to manage it with grace and love.

Remember to allow time for yourself and God to hang out. Allow space for rest and fun.

Do not neglect your own personal time with God. Your first priority is your husband and children. If it fails there, you have no testimony.

Take time to listen to your people. Know their hearts.

Love, 
Sheri 

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