Archive for February, 2010

Motivation for Ministry!

Posted in Leadership, ministry with tags on February 8, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Luke 22:26 “But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as the one who serves.”

One of the fundamental differences between leadership God’s way and leadership the world’s way is MOTIVATION! What motivates someone to lead in God’s kingdom should be very different to ‘Gentile’ leadership. Jesus was directional in his leadership, he commanded obedience and he challenged his enemies BUT Jesus never used his authority for his personal benefit. He used it to SERVE others.

A biblical philosophy of leadership must begin with leadership as servant-hood! Most of us in the western world are uncomfortable with the idea of being a servant because we often have a wrong paradigm of what a servant leader is – Passive! If we look at Jesus leadership style I wouldn’t call it passive, it was very active. Servant-hood is not defined by our actions alone but by the motive & goal that generates our actions.

 Servant Leadership is:

  • Self-sacrificing rather than self-seeking
  • Leading by example and through relationship not by position and pressure
  • Active rather than passive
  • Gives direction rather than allows drifting
  • Exercises authority for the advancement of the cause rather than for personal gain
  • Functions best by equipping & empowering team rather than functioning solo
  • Gets personally involved in caring for people and their needs
  • A matter of character & gifting rather than position and connections

Frank Warren once said, “If you wish to be a leader you will be frustrated, for very few people wish to be led. If you aim to be a servant you will never be frustrated.”

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Confirming Your Calling!

Posted in ministry, Spirituality with tags on February 2, 2010 by Corey Turner #ironprophet

Psalm 139:13-16 reveals to us that each of us have been created with a unique and specific calling and purpose. God has given you unique wiring, gifts and passions to compliment the purpose he’s created you for. Because of this reality, I firmly believe, your calling is not your decision but it’s your discovery.

On your journey of discovery you must distinguish between what is your vocation and what is your transcendent calling. The Apostle Paul worked as a tentmaker, church-planter, etc but his calling was to be an Apostle to the Gentiles. paul simply used his vocational skills to fulfill his higher calling. The ideal situation to be in is “Convergence”, where your past experience, vocation and gifts all converge together to enable you to fulfill your higher call.

A divine call will be accompanied by a conviction that heaven has spoken. In Isaiah 6:8 Isaiah heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send and who will go for us?” It’s so important to have a word from God but unfortunately their needs to be also an accompanying hunger and demand for the call God gives you in the world around you.

A calling is confirmed not only by a passion in your heart but a hunger & demand for it in the Body of Christ. Over the years I have counseled several people who have felt God call them to something but their has been no demand for the call upon them in the Body of Christ.

We need to pay attention to the holy discontent in our hearts but we also need to listen to people around us and discern the demand and hunger for the passion we feel. Paul said, “Think of yourself with sober judgement, not more highly than you ought but according to the measure of faith God has given you.”

A divine call will commission you with a voice to your generation and their will be a demand for your voice if God has called you to. Don’t stick your head up until you are called and in the meantime keep being faithful with what God has entrusted to you and commit your hearts desire to God and let him open the doors that need opening and close the doors that need to be closed.

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