Tag: Ephesians 4:16

Leadership Is Spiritual and Organizational Health #264

Laurie KennedyThere are over 14,000 moving parts in my car.

I love it when they all work together.

A symphony orchestra includes 90 musicians playing 82 different instruments together, solos or in small groups.

The sound of a full orchestra working together is awesome.

Our bodies have and require thousands of parts to function effectively. We each have 206 bones, our hearts beat about 35 million times a year. We have 5.6 litres of blood circulating three times a minute over 19,000 km per day. If all arteries, veins, and capillaries of the human circulatory system were laid end to end, the total length would be 100,000 km. The fastest nerve cells carry messages along their axons at an amazing 431 kph. There are about 700 muscles in the human body.

We all love it when our bodies work together in health.

Paul confirms the fascinating reality that the physical, spiritual and organizational health can and must work together. “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:16 NIV)

Is your church spiritually and organizationally healthy, “fitly framed together” (Ephesians 2:21 KJV) to accomplish God’s vision? If it isn’t, Jesus tells us, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.” (Matthew 12:25 NIV)

My prayer for my church and yours is that each and every component of our ministries work together to accomplish God’s vision. We need to not only demonstrate God’s love but to do it collectively and cooperatively so that God is glorified in your community.

“In this way we are like the various parts of a human body. Each part gets its meaning from the body as a whole, not the other way around. The body we’re talking about is Christ’s body of chosen people. Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvellously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t.” (Romans 12:4-6 MSG)

Leadership is demonstrating God’s love by working together.

Yours in Service,

Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach

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Leadership Is Value Driven

“Values are un-compromisable, undebatable truths that drive and direct behavior. They are motivational, they give us reasons why we do things; and they are restrictive, they place boundaries around behavior.” (Dr. Sid Buzzell, General Editor of The Leadership Bible)

“Values are those things we consider or rate highly prize, esteem, or deem important.” (James C. Hunter, the World’s most powerful Leadership Principle)

Paul illustrates the power of values in the organizational setting of a church or mission. “From him the whole body, joined and held together every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:16 NIV)

Further in the construction or organizational development analogy, your values are the weight bearing pillars. Attached to the foundation, they hold your organization together. They are unmovable, yet any damage to one of the pillars (values) will impact and weaken your whole structure.

As a Leader in your family, church, mission or business, can you state your values? Can you define them? Do you live them? OK, the most important question. Could your followers define your values by watching your behavior?

At the Jethro Group our Values are the foundation statements that are without compromise and non-negotiable. They are our standard statements of belief and action. All decisions and the results of the Jethro Group reflect the Values of Integrity, Faith Focused, Family Devoted, Teamwork, Servant Leadership, Prayer Directed, Demonstrating God’s love and Excellence. It is our prayer that the Pastors and Leaders we work with around the world will see and feel these values in all we do.

“We expect our leaders to have a sense of direction and a concern for the future of the organization. Leaders must know where they are going. They must have a destination in mind when asking us to join them on a journey into the unknown.” (Kouzes and Posner Credibility)

Leadership is … demonstrating God’s love through your values.
Yours in Service,
Laurie D. Kennedy
Leadership Coach
Jethro Group

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