The church has experienced many transitions over the last 40 years and it is yet experiencing another major transition. In this transition it is so vitally important that we clearly understand the value of quality, competent, and integral leadership.
True leadership is not a dictatorship or management. The ability to administrate or manage is not leadership in and of itself. The true essence of leadership is having the ability to chart a course or pave a path where there is none.
The root lea in Indo-European means "path" and der literally means "finder." Therefore, a leader must be a visionary in order to be effective. A leader must have God-like vision that allows you to see in the dark. When you have that ability you will be able to build what will bring light into the lives of those who follow you.
It is also very important that you understand that when leadership is established it must be done on the foundation of truth and love which builds trust with those who follow you. Where there is no trust there is no avenue of influence in the lives of those that are connected to you.
Influence in its origin meant "to flow into". Therefore influence is allowed when there is trust in the source which is flowing into you. My question to you is, who are you allowing to flow into you? We must be careful as leaders and servants of Christ who and what we allow to flow into us. My next question is, who are you flowing into? And what are we allowing to come out of us to go into others?
This issue is critical as I have over the last 2-3 months been talking with and counseling MANY men, women and families that have been contaminated by leaders who are contaminated spiritually. God will hold leaders in the body of Christ responsible for pumping poison into his people.
Many of you will see those who have been hurt, contaminated, and poisoned by these kind of leaders come into your fellowships, churches, etc. It is our call as five-fold ministry leaders to help restore them. This process of restoration will require:
1) A love for the individual(s) regardless of their resistance to biblical truth
2) Patience to walk with them until they are delivered
3) Integrity in your preaching/teaching - so many preachers have manipulated and mishandled the scriptures and it has hurt the body of Christ
4) Be careful of hyper-grace messages in our preaching.
5) Create and encourage true community and love in our fellowship. This should mean that the people under our leadership do life together so that the local body plays a part in restoring these individuals.
We must take seriously our call to lead the people of God. The care for the souls of those under our care must be a priority to us.