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Becoming a Strong Leader (1 of 2)
Series: Strong Leaders Build Strong Churches
Introduction: A strong leader knows how to receive the grace of God and build a strong spirit that will give strength for the leadership journey. God will grant capacity for the journey, power to resist attacks, and strength to fulfill the vision. Today's leader lives with 1 Corinthians 15:58. "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord."
I. STRENGTH IN MINISTRY IS NON-OPTIONAL
Luke 22:31-34 And the Lord said, "Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren." But he said to Him, "Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death." Then He said, "I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me."
Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
"When we know our own strength, we shall the better know what to undertake with hopes of success…"
A. MINISTRY TODAY IS A COMPLEX AND DIFFICULT PROFESSION
The job description of a church leader can include organize, manage, supervise, inspire others, understand beliefs, educate, counsel, coach, pastoral care, communicate, resolve conflicts, and be holy. There is the pressure to perform, pressure to produce, high expectations, fear of failure, thoughts of inadequacy, family demands, fatigue, and frustration with people.
B. MINISTRY TODAY IS DEMANDING AND A CONTINUAL GIVING OF VIRTUE
Spiritual leadership must have a spiritual flow, a virtue that is ever-present. This is the difference between being a pastor and being a professional.
C. MINISTRY TODAY MUST BE GUARDED AND RENEWED CONTINUALLY
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