Where does vision for our personal life and organization come from?
Some wrong places:
1) Because it’s there—if there’s a mountain to climb we should climb it
2) Duplicating success—it’s worked in the past
3) Vanity—what will bring me as the leader the most personal success or praise
4) Need—if there’s a need we should meet it
5) Available resources—if resources are available to us we should use them
6) Leader-driven—leader generated—leader’s best thinking
7) God’s revelation—what has God revealed and promised about the future? Our role is to seek the Father’s will and adjust our lives to Him. God reveals his plans in His way, on His time schedule and to whom He wills. The leader’s job is to communicate God’s promise to the people, not to create the vision and then strive to enlist people to buy in to it.
Where have you received vision for your life in the past?
Moses—He was not naturally gifted as a leader. However, his accomplishments as a spiritual leader came from the depth of his relationship with God.
There is a significant difference between a personal determination to try harder and a complete abandonment of one’s self to God’s purposes.
One of the biggest challenges young leaders face is garnering respect among their followers when they do not yet have previous successes to their credit. … young leaders need to first have small accomplishments before moving on to bigger ones. The first place to demonstrate small triumphs is in the leader’s self-mastery.
In your own life how is your spiritual walk? Handling of finances? Health habits? Relationships with your family? Attitude? Discipline?
Proverbs 18:16 “A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men.”
At Life Church we have been slow to hire new people. Our desire is to raise people up from the inside, or if they come from the outside to build relationship with them first. This avoids the 'hireling' syndrome... we want people that are passionate and excited about what God's doing at Life Church, not just people that want a job.