Lead by serving

Mark 10:43-45 – But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, [44] and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. [45] For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Jesus wants us to be different in the way we lead. He doesn’t want us to lord our power over others. He wants us to be servant leaders. Verse 44 tells us that our servant leadership actually looks like being a slave. Over the years I have found the best leaders are humble in attitude and are willing to serve in any capacity to make sure things are done.

I remember in my first job in retail, one of our regional store managers would say we need some shopping trolleys from outside brought in, he would put on a raincoat and come out with us to bring them in. I have never forgotten it. He was were still in charge, but he did what was needed to make things work well. I have seen this same type of leadership in church circles. Highly trained Pastors of big churches sweeping the front steps of the church to make it look nice for people coming in.

Serving Jesus is about having a humble attitude and doing what needs to be done. There is only room for one Lord, and that title belongs to Jesus! The rest of us are His humble servants.

God Bless,
Dave

My ideal church role?

It has been six month since I finished my last role as Pastor of a small to medium sized country church. In this time I have been reflecting on what my ideal role going forward might look like.

My heart has always been teaching the Bible, reaching people for Christ and seeing them grow in their relationship with Christ. I guess you could say reach, disciple, teach.

So how does that translate to my current situation working part time in a secular role ordering medical supplies for a hospital?

One thing I am reflecting on is staying in my part time role at the hospital and being an non paid asscoiate Pastor who preaches once a month, and oversees of evangelism and discipleship.

I think this fits with my heart and giftings from God and being non paid, it would not take finances from the church which can be used for outreach and discipleship materials. And I would still be in contact with a lot of people through my secular role.

Time will tell is this is just prayerful reflections or it is something from God. As I have said before on this blog many times, time is always a great measure if things are from God or not.

Have you ever reflected on your ideal church role?

God Bless,
Dave

Why Charismatic churches are growing

I just read an interesting article on OutReach.com. Here is a few paragraphs and the link to the rest of the article…

If you look at almost any growing church led by younger leaders, it definitely tends toward the charismatic—expressive worship, more emotional delivery in preaching, an openness to the work and activity of the Holy Spirit, and generally a warmer, more enthusiastic and expressive gathering.

And a lot of the churches that lean toward a more charismatic expression of their faith are filled with young adults and millennial’s.

Meanwhile, many leaders in attractional churches are finding it harder and harder to reach new people over the last few years. While not universally true, some have stopped growing, or at least seen a slower growth rate than say five or 10 years ago.

Please hear me. This is not “We’re right, you’re wrong”. This is a learning together post. Actually, both the charismatic and attractional movements have contributed massively to reaching millions of people. There is much to learn from each other.

The article goes on to list five reasons why charismatic churches are growing. It seems churches that include learning about God and an experience of God are growing. You can find the rest of the article here.

God Bless,
Dave

Sermon: 5 ways to be a living sacrifice

Today I want to share my sermon I preached the first week of being Pastor at my last church. 

I remember in the week leading up to the first Sunday, God kept on saying, “I want you to be a living sacrifice”.

This took me to Romans 12. In the message I shared 5 points…

  1. Renew our minds (v2)
  2. Use our gifts well (v6-8)
  3. Really love on another (v9-10)
  4. Live in harmony with each other (14-18)
  5. Overcome evil with good (v21)

I really wanted to let the church know I would lead with a sacrifical servant heart.

If you would like to read the full text you can find it here. It also has the audio and a pdf of the powerpoint.

God Bless,

Dave

Sunday sermon: Who God says you are

Who God says we are is a subject that as Christians we need to be reminded of every so often.

For many of us we hold a picture of ourselves that has been generated by what others have said about us over the years. It might be a teacher at school, a former boss or maybe a family member. Some of the pictures might not be that good.

For others the person who has been saying the wrong things has been ourselves. Sometimes our self talk is very negative and quite condemning. For some the things we think or say about ourselves is very wrong.

For this reason I want to look at who God says we are from the Bible. God as the Creator and Sustainer of the universe has so many positive things He says about us in the Bible, so this week I am going to let Scripture speak.

I believe that when we have a right picture of ourselves, through God’s eyes, we truly become alive to our potential and we are able to step out and be all God has created us to be.

I am hoping that we will be reminded of who we are in Christ. You can find the full text here.

God Bless,

Dave