Eagles fly solo to an altitude of 10,000 feet. With excellent eyesight they can see up to five kilometres. Horses are strong, trainable, can work alone, in pairs or lead effectively. Sheep herd, prefer to be together, need direction and get upset easily.
All of our churches have a few eagle leaders. They are the independent thinkers. They are comfortable in a variety of situations. They know what they believe, what their spiritual gifts are and are willing lead us into a Kingdom focused future.
Our churches also have work horse leaders. These individuals know their skills, are willing to learn new ideas and when motivated and encouraged will work in a team.
Our churches also have sheep. These are the quality, dedicated people who are comfortable and relaxed in a variety of group settings. They respond to a volunteer request as they feel skilled, involved and accepted.
“When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon son of John, do you love me more than these? Yes, Lord, he said, you know that I love you. Jesus said, Feed my lambs. Again Jesus said, Simon son of John, do you love me? He answered, Yes, Lord, you know that I love you. Jesus said, Take care of my sheep. The third time he said to him, Simon son of John, do you love me? Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time. Do you love me? He said, Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you. Jesus said, Feed my sheep”. (John 21:15-17 NIV)
An effective God directed leader cares about all the people and their unique skills and needs. The scriptural example is to lay down our lives for the sheep. Whether, characterized as the Eagle, the work horse or the sheep, they are all valuable and the priority is those who are lost.
“The truth is that the church will grow automatically when a Kingdom focus is exercised by your church members.” (Kent Humphreys, Shepherding Horses)
Leadership is, finding and caring for every lost individual.
Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy