• Nige Burr

Leaders - Church look after your leaders.#8

Updated: Aug 6, 2020

It’s fantastic to celebrate achievements; whether it is for a friend or family member. When they’ve reached the pinnacle of their chosen endeavor, pop the cork and celebrate. People can be so taken up with the schedule they completely miss crossing the line in top position, as they’re already looking to the next ‘thing’! How sad!

All of the time we have reason to celebrate at church right in front of us, but we can miss the point. The leaders there, both paid and volunteer, need to be celebrated and appreciated. The Apostle Paul in his letter to Timothy made a lot of headway in this area. Paul starts out “Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.”(1 Tim 3.1) From this starting point and future motivation, it’s the person and their task that are the premium consideration. Not the badge of honour or the feather in the cap! Aspire to desire! There is no greater calling.

Author John Stott, one of the most influential leaders and theologians of the 20th century talked of leadership (overseer) in terms of self-giving. In the Cross of Christ he wrote, “Self-denial in not denying to ourselves luxuries such as chocolates, cakes, cigarettes and cocktails … it is actually denying or disowning ourselves, renouncing our supposed right to go our own way.”

Compare these examples with those who lead at your church. If they match up to these Christ-like qualities you’ve got those worth following, so follow on. If not, you have those worth investing in to help them reach that great potential. Either way, help in any way you can. Aspire to desire. Teach to bring hope, preach to give confidence, and speak to share love. Looking to Jesus as Life Lasts from there.

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