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    11 Things God Does for Church Leaders

    11 Things God Does for Church Leaders

    Last week, Mark Driscoll was one of the featured speakers at Catalyst West.  I did not get to hear his entire talk, but found these notes from The Resurgence to be really helpful.  The topic:  11 things that God does for church leaders.  See what you think:

    1. Jesus is the Senior Pastor of the church.

    1 Peter 5:4 – "And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory."

    2. The Holy Spirit chooses leaders for the church.

    Acts 20:28 – "Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood."

    3. God gifts leaders of the church.

    Ephesians 4:11–12 – "And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ."

    4. God empowers leaders for the church.

    1 Corinthians 15:10 – "But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me."

    5. God encourages leaders in the church.

    2 Corinthians 4:1 – "Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart."

    6. The Holy Spirit speaks to leaders about the church.

    Acts 13:2–3 – "While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, 'Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.' Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off."

    7. God gives wisdom to leaders over the church.

    2 Timothy 2:7 – "Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything."

    8. Jesus joins leaders as they discipline in the church.

    Matthew 18:20 – "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them."

    9. God answers leaders' prayers for the church.

    James 5:14–15 – "Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up."

    10. The Holy Spirit falls on Bible preaching in the church.

    Acts 10:44 – "While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word."

    11. The Holy Spirit says no to leaders of the church.

    Acts 16:6 – "And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia."


    You can read more here...

    What do YOU think?  How do you rely on Jesus everyday as you lead the church He has entrusted you to lead?

    (Seriously... re-read that question.  It's pretty 'heavy'.  I'd love to hear your insight)



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    1. David Buckham on Tue, April 27, 2010

      I think this is very powerful and God centered.

      What I appreciate here is that every point has to do with the specific work of God the Father, Son and Spirit in the leadership of His Church. The temptation is to make it about “my” talents and gifts not about God. (Pete Wilson had a great post on this the other day on his blog entitled a Monstrous Subsitute found here:

      If I am not relying on God daily and in every aspect of leadership, He isn’t guiding and leading me, in turn, I am not guiding and leading His Church…or if I am, I am not guiding and leading Her faithfully or appropriately. Also, I am potentially causing great harm to the Kingdom.

      all about Christ,

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