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Growing Up in Our Attitude Regarding Leadership (5 of 12)
Series: GROWING PAINS
1 Corinthians 3:18-4:5
Introduction: Many of us grew up in churches where partiality and favoritism towards a church leader was for the most part a non-issue. We were members of single staff churches where the pastor was the only person we related too. He had multiple roles, preacher, teacher, counselor, chaplain, leader, etc. It was simple for us even though it may not have been so simple for him. Terms like mega church and multi staff churches were still off in the future.
Through the years I have had the opportunity to watch and learn from lots of leaders. I have tried to be a good student of leaders and leadership. I have gained lots of insights both from the right and wrong decisions that others have made.
In recent years I have had the opportunity to watch the ministry of the Southeast Christian Church in Louisville. I have attended services, fellowshipped with some of their members and met with their pastor, Bob Russell. Bob, age 56, has pastored the church for 34 years. He has led the congregation in three different relocations during his tenure. The church has grown from a fellowship of 120 to a weekly attendance of over 14,000. It is one of the finest churches in America.
In 1989 Bob invited Dave Stone to join the staff as a preaching associate. Dave preached 6 weekends the first year and every time he spoke the attendance would drop my 2000. Some of the leaders approached Bob and told him that this was not working and to please discontinue this practice. Bob however stood with his decision and added at least one weekend a year throughout the decade of the 90's. Today Dave preaches 40% of the time. The attendance does not fluctuate. It doesn't seem to matter who is in the pulpit. It was a decision that led to a maturing church.
Proverbs 27:17 (NIV)
17 As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NIV)
9 Two ...
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