On Sunday, Pastor Daniel reminded us that God has summoned all of us to serve. We’re all called! But the ways in which we’re called are different for each person. God has given each of you a unique gift, passion, and ministry style to further the Kingdom. Take a moment to complete the Gifted to Serve Discovery to find your spot to serve.
Some people are uniquely gifted to lead others into the future with gusto! Leadership is a valuable spiritual gift that helps propel all the other gifts into action. Those blessed with the gift of leadership are good at high-level thinking, seeing the big picture, and transitioning the church into future goals.
We’ve probably all participated in a group at some point that was led by someone without the gift of leadership, and it can be painful. But how can you recognize someone with the gift of leadership?
Here is how we define the gift of leadership:
Leadership is the gift of orchestrating the gifts and resources of others to accomplish the work of God.
Leaders move people toward a God-given vision of service, and they enable others to use their gifts to the best of their abilities. Leaders are capable of creating synergy, whereby a group achieves much more than its individual members could achieve on their own.
Leadership is a critical function within the congregation that often falls to the pastor by default. While the pastor must assume many leadership roles, the true gift of leadership can provide vision and direction to the congregation that one pastor alone may not possess. A pastor not gifted with leadership should allow those who are to lead. Pastors should look to work in partnership with their most gifted leaders. Leadership is not the management of ministry. Leaders need to be doing the visioning and strategic planning of the community of faith. Leaders focus on the future and the best way to build bridges from the current reality to the desired reality for the congregation.
A great example of someone from the Bible with the spiritual gift of leadership is Joshua. After Moses’s death, God told Joshua to finish leading the people into the Promised Land, with the only instruction being to keep the commandments God gave to Moses and to be “strong and courageous.”
Without hesitation, Joshua started meeting with the different factions of the Jewish people and giving them specific instructions on how to work toward God’s vision. Joshua was able to unite and lead people who had been fully committed to Moses and activate them toward a common goal. Leadership is a big deal!
Leadership in Scripture:
“Whoever listens to you listens to me, and whoever rejects you rejects me, and whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.” – Luke 10:16 (NRSV)
“and rescued him from all his afflictions, and enabled him to win favor and to show wisdom when he stood before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who appointed him ruler over Egypt and over all his household.” – Acts 7:10 (NRSV)
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls and will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with sighing—for that would be harmful to you.” – Hebrews 13:17 (NRSV)
These are just a few ways you can serve at Trietsch with the gift of leadership:
- Life Group Leader
- Board of Trustees Member
- VBS Director
- Leadership Board Member
- SPRC Member
- Sports Ministry Board
If you have questions about spiritual gifts, where you can serve, or how your gift can be used outside of Trietsch, email Denise Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org.