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Leadership Is… A Body Of Believers #305

Every church or mission is unique with its own culture. This culture is a mosaic of the vision, mission, values, habits, beliefs, traditions and rules held by the individuals involved. These components work together to develop the culture and define the spiritual health of your church. 

A servant led church would be a living, growing, learning organism that radiates Christ’s love. “If you don’t live it, you don’t believe it.” (Larry Spears, Theory of Servant-Leadership.)

Your church is a body of believers. This body of Servant Leaders, demonstrating God’s love through serving has the potential for impacting its surrounding community. Imagine the unprecedented impact a group of dedicated Christ following churches would have on our world. Small decisions influence larger decisions and transformed lives impact others, the wave of influence for Christ is beyond imagination in today’s world.

A Servant led church would have a dynamic, exciting and motivating vision based firmly on God’s Word plus the values and spiritual gifts of its people. The vision would focus each individual to a closer personal relationship with God. The vision would involve leading others to Christ and developing disciples. There would be Home Bible Studies and opportunities to meet for prayer during the week in addition to the weekend services. Each service would be designed to bring people into a closer relationship with their heavenly Father. This church would be committed to win their community for Christ.

George Barna surveyed people who didn’t attend church presently, asking if they decided to attend a church, what would influence their choice. “The most common response was they would seek a church that was committed to helping people outside the church who needed care and consideration”. (www.barna.com) I find this fascinating. People who don’t attend church see community service as a factor that would influence their choice of a church to attend. “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Philippians 2:4 NKJV)

Serving in church should be equivalent to a gene or DNA within the human genogram. Imagine a loving, caring serving gene within the growing living organism of your church that grows and reproduces itself. The influence would be beyond imagination.

Leadership is … showing God’s love to your community.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Growing a Serving Culture

Laurie KennedyEvery church has a unique culture. Like a mosaic, the culture is a combination of the Vision, Values, Habits, beliefs and traditions of the individuals within the church. These components work to develop the culture and spiritual health.

The church is not a building. It is a body of believers. A body of believing Servant Leaders will transform the culture of a church. A church demonstrating God’s love through Servant Leadership has a greater potential for impacting its surrounding community. Imagine the unprecedented impact dedicated Christ followers could have on our world. As small decisions influence larger decisions and transformed lives impact others, the wave of influence for Christ is beyond imagination in today’s world.

A Servant led church would have a dynamic, exciting and motivating Vision based firmly on God’s word. This Vision would focus each individual to a closer personal relationship with God. The Vision would involve leading others to Christ, developing disciples and demonstrating the values and spiritual gifts of its people.  There would be Home Bible studies providing opportunities to meet for prayer and relationship building during the week in addition to the weekend services. Each service performed is designed to bring people into a closer relationship with their heavenly Father. This church would be committed to win their community for Christ.

In 1999, George Barna surveyed people who didn’t attend church presently, asking that if they decided to attend a church what would influence their choice. “The most common response was they would seek a church that was committed to helping people outside the church who need care and consideration”. I find it fascinating, people who don’t attend church see community service as a factor that would influence their choice of which church to attend. Paul instructs us “In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” (Philippians 2:3-4 NIV)

Leadership is … living a Christ focused serving culture.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group
ldkjethrogroup@gmail.com

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Leadership Is Discipling People for the Future

Laurie KennedyThe building held over 1,000 people, a large platform, floor to ceiling pipe organ, stained glass windows, a residence and a stately structure.  The building has long historical roots. It was the first of its kind in the capital city.

It was a unique experience. The music was awesome.  The enthusiasm was obvious, the hours of practice was evident. Yet, I was dismayed. It was a juxtaposition as we attended a music festival in this large downtown building.

Tourists pay for guided tours. They admire the unique architecture, the stained glass windows, carved wooden chairs and pews.  These buildings only survive with tourist dollars. They are beautiful works of art called churches.

Think about the builders, a century ago. The draftsmen, bricklayers, workers of gold, silver and bronze.  They worked days, months and years.  They were not building for tourists; they were building for people, for God’s glory. I suspect in those days, working on a cathedral was a lifetime endeavor.  Some of the workers didn’t live to see the opening of the cathedral they built.

These buildings are advertised as churches yet a church is not a building. A church is a body of believers.  If there are no believers, there is no church.

Churches used to be the center of the community. A house of worship, the major social justice, the relief organization, the centre for medical and senior care.  Churches used to set the standard for ethics.

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19–20)

Is your family of believers growing, serving the needs of your community and bringing in new people?  If it isn’t your building may be a tourist attraction to future generations.

Leadership is praying, believing discipling people for the future.

Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach

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