Jesus On Leadership (Repackage)(Paperback)C Gene Wilkes & Calvin Miller
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ByC Gene Wilkes & Calvin Miller
PublisherTyndale House Publishers
First ChapterI WILL never forget the second Tuesday evening of February 1996.
We at Legacy Drive Baptist Church had struggled to retool ourselves
to carry out the mission God had placed on our church: to
make disciples who know Christ, share Christ, and multiply Christ
in the life of another. During the transition, several core members
left, attendance and giving went down, and the current church
leadership—and I—began to question my ability to lead.
That evening, five men who loved God, our church, and me
told me they had lost confidence in me as a leader. After meeting
several times without my knowledge, these deacon officers had
concluded that I was not the person for the next level of growth in
the life of our church. They said it was not in their power or purpose
to fire me, and they did not want to bring the issue to a vote
because they knew it would split the church. Their job was to
oversee the church and maintain its unity, not tear it apart. They
asked me to take two weeks to pray and consider their position.
They wanted to know my answer at the end of those two weeks.
As I walked from the house that evening, a strange sense
of exhilaration came over me. These guys had done me a favor.
They had put on the table what we all knew. I had stopped leading,
and the church was floundering because of my lack of leadership.
It was not long, however, before the elation turned to fear. I
asked selfishly, “Why would God allow such a thing to happen
to me?” Interestingly, just one month before, God had confirmed
my call to and his vision for Legacy Drive. Ronnie and Tina
Young, members of our church, had given me a trip to Robert
Schuller’s Institute of Successful Church Leadership as a Christmas
gift. I went alone to recuperate and write. God began to
confirm his vision in my heart as I heard Dr. Schuller say that
prayers he had been praying for forty years were just then being
answered. I listened as this misunderstood servant leader told
how he had followed God to a unique mission field and had
labored for forty years to see the call of God on his life completed.