Friday, 7 January 2011

Introduction to Leadership

Introduction to Leadership

FIRST OF all, then, I admonish and urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in positions of authority or high responsibility, that [outwardly] we may pass a quiet and undisturbed life [and inwardly] a peaceable one in all godliness and reverence and seriousness in every way (1 Timothy 2:1-2 AMP)

Welcome to today’s article for Truth for the Journey! We will be looking at a subject now that is close to my heart. Over the years I have been hosting leadership gatherings around the world, of which I am very grateful and honoured. However, in my travels I have been consistently challenged by the lack of understanding that prevails. Firstly the lack of understanding of what it means to be a leader and what qualifications are necessary; secondly the lack of insight people seem to have of leadership from a New Testament point of view and the subsequent “out-working” of Church “structure” as seen in scripture.

It’s disconcerting because as a result of this ignorance we tend to get caught up in the extremes that exist that provide no real way forwards at all. So over the next period of time, I want to discuss what it means to be a leader.
• What qualifies us to be one?
• Who appointed us?

Titles are also misused – certainly within the apostolic movement today. Therefore we will also discover what it means to lift oneself up to be a bishop! As many currently perceive that the title of “bishop” exceeds that of “apostle.” We must clear up this confusion within the Body of Christ.

However let it be understood from the very onset of this subject – right here in the introduction - that it is not now, nor will it ever be my intention to use this material to violate, subject, mislead, manipulate or control others (which is often wrongly “perceived” about the apostolic). Instead my heart towards this vast subject is to help bring some much needed “clarity,” as there is so much out there that helps bring much “confusion-to-the-table.” My intention in teaching bout the Apostolic is only to shed some light “all-things-apostolic” as they should be according to New Testament scriptures. None of us should ever manipulate or control the work and move of the Holy Spirit or the lives of any individual committed to networking apostolically - in any capacity.

So to begin with let’s start by saying that although “structure” is good and necessary we must never lose sight of the fact that we are ONE BODY. When structure stands in the way or when we worship or idolise our structures rather than Jesus Christ who is the HEAD of ONE BODY, then we have moved away from the Holy Spirit and truth. Unity recognises that there is ONE BODY. Disunity segregates and divides. We do not become members of a club or organisation – we are members of the ONE BODY of CHRIST.

We must not present ourselves in a said “Association” or “Network” in such a way to imply that those who do not believe and worship the same way as ourselves are out of order with God or are in some kind of error. This is not the prerogative of some kind of Pope Initiative, whether it is the Catholic, Charismatic, Pentecostal, Evangelical, Kingdom, Faith, Prophetic or the apostolic kind.

We all need to appreciate that each person and fellowship has a responsibility to follow their own revelations, convictions and practices, but not to impose them upon the corporate Body of Christ. Dr. Bill Hamon in his book titled, ‘Apostles, Prophets and the Coming Move of God,’ on page 49 (1997) says, ‘Such presumptuous declarations, teachings and actions cause divisions in the Body of Christ. Every erroneous Christian group has established certain doctrines and practices that are unique to them. This then makes them an exclusive, “elected” group that sees itself as superior to all others.’

Mr Hamon goes on to say, ‘Exclusivism leads to cults.’ He says that, ‘the manifestations of this attitude are seen in the extreme groups that arose during the time of the Holiness and Pentecostal Movements: Mormonism, Christian Scientists and Jehovah Witnesses. But sad to say, there are also some of the extreme right that are still counted as “mainline” Christian denominations who believe that they are the only true people of God. They base this conviction on a certain baptism formula, way of worship, Church order or some other unique doctrine or practice.’

‘No one man or group has it all.’ The New Testament Scriptures emphatically and repeatedly declare that Christ has only ONE Church here on Planet Earth. No denominational, fellowship, network, association or restoration camp makes up the entirety of the Church. Every born again, blood washed, sanctified child of God is a member of Christ’s Church. They may be Charismatic Catholics, Evangelicals, Pentecostals, Prophetic people or Present-Truth Apostolic people. We are only parts of the whole and members in particular of the corporate Body of Christ. All truth and life are found in the whole, not just in one particular part or member. We need each other and will never come to maturity and fullness of truth without each other. The New Wine is in the cluster – not just in one individual grape (Isaiah 65:8).

However, the late Dr Bob Gordon said, “…a balanced view of leadership is necessary. Leaders are not called to lord it over God’s people. Neither are God’s people called to be free democrats. Both extremes seem to have reared their heads in recent years”.

This however does not detract from the responsibility of any network from fulfilling the commission given by the Lord Jesus Christ to “Go and make disciples…and teaching them…” (Matthew 28: 16-20).

“According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Cor 3:10, 11 NKJV).

“The great need of the day is growth, balance and maturity.”

PRAYER FOR THE DAY

Father show me how to effectively pray for my leadership and all those who are in positions of responsibility in your Kingdom. I want to make their work light not heavy or burdensome. I also want to live a peaceful life! Show me your heart in intercession. Amen.

CONFESSION OF THE DAY
In the realm of leadership that has been assigned to me, whether in the work place or at home with my family. I will take my place. I will lead well. I will lead where it is my place to lead and I will lift up and support with prayer those whose God given authority exceeds mine; those who are responsible figures in and for my life. I will do this through Spirit led intercession; praying the Word of God over their lives.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO MAKE THIS MINISTRY POSSIBLE!
WE LOVE YOU…!

Motto: ‘God Chooses, then the Spirit Tests, but You Must Respond!’

Copyright 2011 © Alan Pateman Ministries

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