Tag: Leader

Gifted Leaders

A.W. Tozerby A.W. Tozer

We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. . . . If it is leadership, let him govern diligently. Romans 12:6, 8

The ideal leader is one who hears the voice of God and beckons the people on as the voice calls him and them. But unfortunately not all leaders are ideal ones. Too many lead by following. One of the most comical sights in the whole world of religious activities is to see an uncertain leader trying to discover the direction the people want him to lead them and then scrambling ahead of them trying to look like Moses on his way out of Egypt. Such a leader will send up a trial balloon and then boldly set out in the direction of the wind, doing his best to create the impression that the wind consulted him before it started to blow.

If this sounds harsh, let me insist that it is far short of the fact. Every city has its religious leader who enjoys a wide reputation as a prominent churchman but who never takes a position on anything until he has first read up on public opinion and is reasonably sure that he will be siding with the majority, or at least with the important minority. Such a man is a hireling and will be judged and disposed of as a hireling in the day of Christ.

We should pray that the Lord would send us leaders; and then we should pray for those leaders when they appear.

by A.W. Tozer

Building A Leader: The Right Experiences (Peter)

John MacArthurby John MacArthur

The twelve apostles included “Simon, who is called Peter” (Matt. 10:2).

Your present experiences contribute to your future leadership ability.

Stan Carder is a dear brother in Christ and one of the pastors on our church staff. Before coming to Grace Church he pastored a church in Montana. While there, he was riding one night in a truck that was involved in a very serious accident. Stan suffered a broken neck and other major injuries. As a result he underwent months of arduous and painful therapy.

That was one of the most difficult periods in Stan’s life, yet God used it for a specific purpose. Today, as pastor of our special-ministries department, Stan ministers to more than 500 physically and mentally handicapped people. God needed a man with unique qualifications to show love to a group of very special people. He chose Stan and allowed him the necessary experiences to fit him for the task.

God doesn’t always permit such serious situations, but He does lead each of us into life-changing experiences that heighten our effectiveness in ministry.

Peter had many such experiences. In Matthew 16:15-16, for example, God gave him special revelation about the deity of Christ. In Acts 10 God sent him to preach the gospel to Gentiles—something unheard of at the time because Jewish people resisted any interaction with Gentiles. Perhaps the most tragic experience of Peter’s life was his denial of Christ. But even that only increased his love for Christ and his appreciation of God’s grace. After His resurrection, Christ forgave him and restored him to ministry (John 21:15-19).

Peter’s many experiences helped prepare him for the key role he was to play in the early church. Similarly, your experiences help prepare you for future ministry. So seek to discern God’s hand in your circumstances and rejoice at the prospect of becoming a more effective Christian.

by John MacArthur