Reflecting on Genesis 1&2 for Leadership Purposes
God is a God of action. A leader is someone who takes initiative. God is a leader.
Meditate on all the verbs in the creation narrative (below).
Q: Which verb moves you and why?
First Task of a Leader: Seek and find what God is up to, what is He doing? Participate in that, pray for that, tend to that which God is working on already.
Q: What is God up to in your ministry?
Second Task of a Leader: What am I suppose to initiate, cultivate, do? (See list).
Q: What do you think God wants you to start, continue, cultivate in your ministry.
The Need for Congruence
How are you cultivating your private life? Look at that list above once again, see if there’s anything the Lord is trying to do in you through the Body of Christ. Are you allowing Him into your life via the people of God?
“I was in the process of coming to terms with my congregation, just as they were; their less-than-developed emotional life, their lack of intellectual curiosity, the complacent acceptance of a world of consumption and diversion, their seemingly peripheral interest in God. I wasn’t giving up on them. I didn’t intend to leave them where I found them. By now I was prepared to enter a long process of growth in which they would discover for themselves the freshness of the Spirit giving vitality to the way they loved and worked and laughed and played. And I was finding areas of common ground that made us fellow pilgrims, comrades in arms in recognizing unexpected shards of beauty in worship and scripture and one another. I was learning not to impose my expectations of what I hoped for them but rather let them reveal to me, as they were able, who they were. I was becoming a pastor who wasn’t in a hurry.” - Eugene Peterson, “The Pastor”