Monday, May 11, 2015

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26 Selecting the Right Leadership

KEY TEXT: Acts 1:21-24 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection." And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. 

KEY THOT: There were more than twelve who had followed Jesus from baptism to ascension, though they were not numbered among the Twelve. So when a vacancy was created because of Judas’ betrayal and death, they were able to find at least two who met the apostolic criteria: Joseph and Matthias. Apparently, though not numbered among the Twelve, Joseph and Matthias sat through all of Jesus’ teachings and observed and possibly even participated in the ministry as one of the Seventy-two sent out on a mission by the Lord himself (Luke 10:1).

Joseph and Matthias had the qualities of leaders-in-waiting because they were committed to learn, to obey and to do ministry. One of the key leadership criteria (beside character) is the commitment to make time to learn, to obey and to do. When there is a leadership vacuum or vacancy in a ministry or church, these leaders-in-waiting are there, ready to fill the gap.

An Intentional Disciple-making Church like QLC must be intentional in its leadership development because discipleship is about making leaders. So my priority as a pastor is always to look out and mentor those who demonstrate the three-fold commitment of learning, obeying and doing. I usually follow Jesus’ 4-step intentional leadership development method:

(1) I do, you watch: Modelling
(2) I do, you do: Partnering
(3) You do, I watch: Coaching
(4) You do: Empowering

For me, the platform for leadership training and development is Alpha. At Alpha, I’m always on the look-out for potential leaders-in-waiting whom I can mentor. I am committed to raise up spiritual leaders who can one day not only run Alpha but also take over the leadership of the church. For me, Alpha is not just evangelism, but also a “hands-on” discipleship and leadership training environment.

Father, thank You that You have given me the privilege of mentoring and training new leaders who are kingdom-focused and Christ-centred through Alpha. May Your Spirit guide me as I mentor leaders who are fit for Your kingdom ministry. Amen.

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