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View As Goes the Leader

A leader is a person with a God-given capacity, and a God-given responsibility, who is influencing a specific
group of God’s people, towards God’s purposes for that group.

Three Objectives
1. Perspective: To see the big picture of how God has been working in your life.
2. Focus: To see how God has shaped you for a future mission.
3. Intentionality: Identify changes that can make your ministry more effective.

The Processing of a Leader
1. God develops a leader over a lifetime.
2. God uses people, circumstances, and ministry assignments to shape the life of a leader.
3. Leadership plateau is often indicative of a developmental need or growth issue within a leader’s life.

Five Habits of Effectiveness
1. Effective leaders maintain a learning posture throughout life – informal, non-formal, and formal.
2. Effective leaders recognize leader ship s election and mentoring as a priority. They are committed to
mentoring and being mentored.
3. Effective leaders who are productive over a lifetime have a dynamic ministry philosophy (personal
mission statement).
4. Effective leaders experience repeated times of renewal. They develop intimacy with God which in turn
overflows into all of their ministry. The essential ingredient of leadership is the powerful presence of God in a
leader’s life and ministry.
5. Effective leaders increasingly perceive their ministry circumstances in terms of a lifetime perspective.
God brings along many destiny experiences to shape a leader’s ministry. Leaders manifest a growing
awareness of their sense of destiny.

Seven Habits of Failure
1. Authority. Effective leaders must learn to submit to authority. Leaders who have trouble submitting to
authority often have trouble exercising spiritual authority.
2. Ministry Assignment. Many leaders leave one ministry assignment for another without bringing adequate
closure to the previous assignment. Closure helps leaders identify lessons for future ministry.
3. Twofold Warfare. Leaders must learn to discern spiritual battle and warfare. Neither blame all conflict and
problems on spiritual warfare, nor be blind to spiritual warfare.
4. Ministry Philosophy. Leaders frequently pursue ministry without a clear understanding of their own
ministry philosophy. They fail to integrate previous lessons into future decision making.
5. Ambition. Expanded influence and new ministry challenges can mask a leader’s selfish or ego-driven
ambitions.
6. Negative Processing. God often uses negative experiences to develop character in leaders. Unfortunately
leaders sometimes leave assignments rather than working through negative issues.
7. Flesh Act. Too often, aggressive leaders move ahead of God’s guidance. Instead of waiting for God’s leading, they presume God will bless their human plans. Frustrations and lack of self-fulfillment can lead to flesh acts or moral failure.

(by Peter Sung, adapted from Focusing Leaders©)

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