Dynamics of Leadership by Dennis Marquardt

Dynamics of Leadership
Dennis Marquardt
I Samuel 16:1-13; II Samuel 2:1-7; 5:1-4

INTRO: There is nothing like being a leader, and there is nothing like leading as a Pastor. It is often a job filled with ‘‘good news - bad news’’

ILLUS: GOOD NEWS: Your church’s new recovery group is well attended.
BAD NEWS: Your spouse and kids are in it.
GOOD NEWS: People have caught the vision for church growth.
BAD NEWS: Now they ask why it’s not happening.
GOOD NEWS: The new donated computer is loaded with all the latest technological advances...
BAD NEWS: ... It was software for the year 1983.
GOOD NEWS: Your youth Pastor is finally getting kids to attend church.
BAD NEWS: They’re going to the church down the street.
GOOD NEWS: The Women’s Ministries voted to send you a get-well card.
BAD NEWS: It passed 31 to 30.
GOOD NEWS: The church board accepted your job description the way you wrote it.
BAD NEWS: They also formed a search committee to find someone capable of filling the position.
GOOD NEWS: Sister Jones is wild about your sermons.
BAD NEWS: Sister Jones is also wild about ‘‘The Gong Show’’ and the movie ‘‘Texas Chain Saw Massacre.’’
GOOD NEWS: Seventy junior high students showed up last Thursday.
BAD NEWS: The meeting was on Wednesday.
-- James Berkley and Kevin A. Miller, Leadership, Vol. 15, no. 4.
-- James D. Berkley, Leadership, Vol. 3, no. 3.

Leadership is a great challenge. The world today is filled with followers but few real leaders. Too much leadership today is based on surveys, opinion polls, political correctness, popularity, etc., but what we really need are leaders who are gifted and guided by God’s Word and Spirit.

PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that leadership is a call from God, not the opinion or call of man. Those called are:
(1. Prepared by God for leadership
(2. Recognized as leaders by others
(3. Proved as leaders by their character and legacy.

I. THE CALLING (David Anointed King, Without Rule!) 1 Sam. 16:1-13 ...


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