As we work on our goal of making new disciples, we should also help them develop the leadership skills that they will need to become effective disciples. I have just finished reading The Conviction To Lead, by Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In the book he gives twenty-five principles for a leadership that matters. Leadership starts with a purpose, not a plan. Disciples have a purpose, which is to make more disciples. Keeping this in mind, a plan can then be worked out.
Leading involves believing, and as disciples we should be driven by beliefs that lead to action. Our convictions should drive us and determine everything else that we do. Without conviction, nothing really matters, and nothing of significance is passed on.
A disciple should develop the capacity to think in convictional terms and to lead others to do the same. Financial intelligence will wreck itself without both moral intelligence and the guidance of ethical reasoning. Convictional intelligence begins with knowledge; we are not born with it, we have to develop it by learning biblical truth and learning to think accordingly. We were made in God’s image, with the capacity to know Him and to possess incredible knowledge, along with the ability to process that knowledge and exercise reason. Our intellectual habits must be aligned with Christian truth and knowledge.
Disciples are leaders that are thinkers. They face the facts and lean toward the truth.
Disciples are teachers, and teaching is at the heart of Christianity. The best teachers are those who simply can’t wait to teach something they truly love. Leaders teach and teachers lead, they teach by word, example, and sheer force of passion. They transform congregations into learning organizations. Until conviction is transformed into action, it makes no difference in the world.
I have listed only a few of the principles that Dr. Mohler covers in his book. I would recommend that this book be added to your church library and that all of your leaders read it.
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