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Leadership Strategies

Leadership Strategies

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Leadership Strategies(Leading Where We've Never Been Before) by F. Joe EllisWhen you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God. Move out from your  positions and follow it. Then you will know which way to go, since you have never beenthis way before. (Josh 3:3-4 NIV)
3 And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORDyour God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and goafter it.
4 Yet there shall be a space between you and it, about two thousand cubits by measure:come not near unto it, that ye may know the way by which ye must go: for ye have not  passed this way heretofore
. (Josh 3:3-4 KJV)
Many notable authors have said it in recent years that everything in life rises and falls onleadership. This is true in families, business, sports teams, corporations, governments,and yes even the church. Those who lead them usually determine their ultimate success or failure.From Genesis to Revelation, the word of God is very clear about the importance of leadership. One of the best examples of this in the scripture is revealed in Israel 's failureto enter the promise land shortly after their exodus from Egypt. Ten chosen leaders whohad been appointed by Moses allowed their uncertain future to gender fear and rebellion,instead of faith and trust in Gods divine purpose for their life. Their choice to not followthe leadership of Moses as directed by God was a terrible and costly mistake not only for them and their families, but also for the entire nation.Why were they so afraid? Was it the obvious walled cities and giants? Was it their ownself-perception as mere grasshoppers? Were they simply rebellious men, who wereconcerned only for themselves? While all of the above holds a measure of truth, let mesimplify the reason in one sentence. God was leading them to a place they had never been before!As cruel as Egypt was, it had been their home for many years. Not even miracles andvisible evidence could persuade them when their comfort zone became invaded by theunfamiliar. Trust in God and the man of God that led them there was now tested to thelimits. Nothing but total trust and obedience would activate their faith to the level thatwas needed to attain their promise. Even though it was a new and exciting day filled with promise and great blessing, an entire generation missed their divine purpose and calling because they would not follow God's leadership and trust HIM unconditionally for their future.
 
Unprecedented TimesThese are new and unprecedented times for the Apostolic Church of the 21st Century.God is giving clear vision concerning the church's future along with the direction HEwants the church to go. Even though change is usually slow and laborious, one of themost exciting aspects of the journey is the fact that. The church has never been whereGod is leading her in its 2000-year history. With almost seven billion souls alive on theearth today, it is very clear why God is taking us into uncharted territories of apostolic power and ministry. One thing is certain however; God has been preparing HIS churchfor this day since the very beginning.A Fresh Call to Prayer & EvangelismIn the kingdom of God there are divine principles that must never be changed or substituted; only understood and correctly applied. Spirit led leadership is the means bywhich God gives direction to HIS body, the church. It is interesting to note thesimilarities in Joshua's leadership of Israel (Joshua 3) and the leadership of the apostles inthe 1st Century church. Both were leading God's people where they had never been before.Under Joshua's leadership, (Joshua 3:3-4) the people were instructed to follow the ark,keeping the necessary distance so all could see it. Even though they were commanded to build a pillar of stones as a memorial of the miracle God had given them at the Jordan ,they weren't allowed to just bask there in their past victories. They had to move out andconquer their promise.Like Israel of old, the New Testament Church also had an unprecedented beginning. Theoutpouring of the Holy Ghost as recorded in Acts 2 was a new day, and a new beginningfor this small group of young disciples. What took place in the streets of Jerusalem onthat very first day had never taken place before. However, as time passed, God would notallow them to wrap themselves up in an isolated holy huddle basking in last years blessing. They had a gospel that they were called and commissioned to preach to everycreature in every nation. Even though many paid the ultimate price of their own blood,they were willing to put themselves in harms way and go the regions beyond to reachtheir generation!Everything we do must point us back to that same fervent passion for evangelism. Theentire church worldwide is being called to a fresh enlistment for active duty. Rising out of the grass roots of the church is an army of young men and women who are willing to giveeverything if necessary to allow God to lead them to places they have never been before.There is a fresh call from God to this generation to become an aggressively active, andmobilized church, unified around one central vision and purpose. The field remains theworld. And there are no limits. Wherever there are people, the church is called to gothere.
 
 Simplify and ExcelOne of the greatest challenges the church faces today is to correctly know how totransition the original apostolic pattern of the 1st Century into a 21st Century application.Correct spiritual vision (understanding) is necessary for this to happen. But vision aloneis not enough. There must be correct structure and function as well. Let me explain.· Vision. The understanding of what is possible. True Vision comes from the onlyHEAD of the body, JESUS CHRIST.· Function. The ability of the body; what the body (church) is divinely gifted to do.· Structure. The order or arrangement of the body into individual parts; that whichenables the function and forward progress of the body (church).Eph 4:15-16But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head,even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by thatwhich every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. KJVEph 4:15-16Instead, we will lovingly follow the truth at all times-speaking truly, dealing truly, livingtruly --and so become more and more in every way like Christ who is the Head of his body, the Church. Under his direction, the whole body is fitted together perfectly, andeach part in its own special way helps the other parts, so that the whole body is healthyand growing and full of love. TLBThe Bible describes the church as a body; made up of many members all being co-dependent upon each other. To understand how God ordained the church to function, theapostle Paul used the natural body to describe it.1 Cor 12:12-14For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptizedinto one body--whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free--and have all been madeto drink into one Spirit. For in fact the body is not one member but many. NKJV

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