Christian Leadership for Missions Introduction – part 1

Little chairs all on the same level

The writing of this series on Christian Leadership comes from my own personal search for answers. The church as well as the secular world are in a crisis of leadership. God’s purposes in this world seem to have the lowest priority in the lives of many Christians. But there is an answer to our problem and it is found in Jesus Christ. Once we understand how Christ leads his body, our crisis is over. Jesus made the following statement to his disciples. Ten of them were indignant with the other two for asking Jesus who would sit at his right and left in his kingdom.

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The Only Leader Here Is Jesus – part 2

unreached area in remote mountains

There are a few things you need to understand. 1.) Jesus was not interested in establishing an earthly kingdom, but a spiritual one (John 18:36) that he could continue to lead after his departure from the earth. 2.) He had no intention of passing his leadership over to mortal men. He would remain the head, the King of the Jews, and the King kings. 3.) He needed to prepare his disciples to effectively extend his message as far as possible (Luke 9:60). This did not require that they govern, guide, or lead the body. 4.) Those three concepts interlinked together would require Jesus to introduce a radically different style of leadership.

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Leadership Teaching Comes Directly From Christ – part 3

Guides getting lost in unreached area

What is true leadership? What makes a leader? You are reading this book to get some answers to these questions. Most Christians will agree that the body of Christ is in a crisis of leadership. The quality and quantity of leaders are rapidly diminishing. The leaders of Christian organizations, denominations, and churches are not discipling future leaders, and the few that they are discipling are disqualified or are disqualifying themselves for ministry. Disciples are not being made by the modern Christian leadership method.

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Jesus Was Establishing Another Kind of Leadership – part 4

David walking with indigenous man

The work of evangelism, discipleship, and pastoring in the remote unreached peoples and places of the world is just work that the body of Christ has not done yet. We need to make disciples of all nations and to the ends of the earth and we are not done. Most Christians now don’t make disciples. They don’t know what that means. They have never led anyone to Christ. We need to get into our New Testaments, more specifically the Gospels; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John and see what Jesus has to say about what we are still down on the earth for.

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Leadership Does Work No One Else Wants To Do – part 5

remote unreached village

Jesus tells them exactly how it is in the world’s authority structure: The one who sits at the table is the greatest. He said, “For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves (NIV, Luke 22:27). The one who serves the table is less important in the world’s authority structure of leadership. But now, Jesus is about to radically change the way leadership works. This radical change affects how the disciples will operate in this new authority structure.

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Are you being served? – part 6

man in remote unreached people group

The one true test of your leadership can be found in this simple question: “Are you being served?” If you are being served, you are not serving Jesus Christ. Servants are not to be served. Servants exist to serve. If you are not serving Jesus Christ, you are not being a leader in Jesus’s estimation. You are not extending the kingdom of God either. So, are you a servant of Jesus Christ or are you being served?

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We Are All Brothers – part 7

field of flowers in unreached people group

“For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven”.

(NIV, Matthew 5:20)

After Jesus says this, he teaches us the new commands. He says don’t be angry, don’t call anyone a fool, if someone has anything against you (even if you don’t think it is your fault) go and reconcile with him..

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Just Do What You Are Told – part 8

water well in an unreached people group

I asked a young man who is fairly new in the Lord how he felt. He told me that he did not feel worthy to have been forgiven and have the opportunity to serve the Lord. This is not a bad attitude to have. What he is feeling about himself is correct. None of us are worthy to stand in God’s presence, much less serve him. It is only through the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ and the cleansing of his blood that we can be made worthy to enter into the presence of God.

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Leadership is Obedient Unto Death – part 9

indigenous girls in parade

Leadership requires obedience unto death if we are going to fulfill the Great Commission. It is also Christ’s command to us.

“Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be”.

(NIV, John 12:23-26)

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Follow Instructions Explicitly – part 10

path to unreached people group

It is important that we do what we are told to do. It is also important that we do what we are told the way that we were told to do it. Do what you are told, and do as you are told. If you are told to paint a fence and are not told how then you can paint the fence however you like. Unless you want to be even more submissive and ask how they want it painted. But, if you are told to paint the fence using white paint, use white paint. If you are told to make the brush strokes up and down and not sideways, make the brush strokes up and down. Do what you are told to do and how you are told to do it.

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