Ministry Backpack Podcast Episode 24 Show Notes:

Summary: In today’s podcast I talk about an essential quality for Christian Leaders – Sincere Love

Resources and Links mentioned in this episode:

2 Corinthians 6:6
“by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love,”- CSB

“Sincere Love”

“Love”Agape
“Sincere” – Unfeigned, Without Hypocrisy

The essential of “Kindness” bleeds into the essential of “Sincere Love.

“Here’s the thing about sincerity – if you’re faking it, you don’t have it.”

When You Display The Backpack Essential of “Sincere Love”:

* You have a genuine compassion for people

When Paul says that he cares about the people in the churches that he writes to, he genuinely means it, and they know that he means it.

You don’t see your church or group as a “faceless crowd.”

“You’re not just pretending to care about people. You’re not just saying things from the stage that makes you ‘sound’ more loving and caring – you really love them. You really care about them.”

* You have no hidden agenda based on personal ambition.

You don’t use people to reach your goals.

You avoid the danger of applying the “Law of the ‘Me, Too.”

31 Refutably Refutable Laws of Lame Leadership, Law #23:

“If other organizations are participating in an event or emphasis, table your own mission, goals and plans. Jump in with them in order to have a ‘presence.’ Call it an opportunity.”

* You are not a phony.

Romans 12:9
“Love must be without hypocrisy….” HCSB
“Love must be sincere…” NIV
“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them….” NLT

“When you’re fake, people pick up on it right away. They begin to roll their eyes when you begin to talk about your love for them and the people you say you’re trying to reach, because they know that you’re full of baloney.”

“It’s very easy to “fake it” in ministry. Having “Sincere Love” in ministry involves investing your life in the people you lead.”

“What you actually do reveals the sincerity of what you say.”

Suggestions For Developing The Essential of “Sincere Love”:

1. Honest Prayer – Get alone with God and ask Him to give you genuine love for the people that you lead.

2. Gut Check – Examine your motives and goals in your ministry. Are you serving to build your own kingdom? Are you serving with envy or selfish ambition?

James 3:16
“For where envy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every kind of evil.” HCSB

3. “No Glory” Motivation Exercise – Serve, Give or Help someone as God leads, then do not tell anyone about it – Not even as a sermon illustration.

4. Be Full of the Right Thing – “Whatever you are full of, you will overflow wtih.” So be overflowing with sincere love.

Seek to follow the example of Paul’s Sincere Love for the churches:

Philippians 1:7-9
7 Indeed, it is right for me to think this way about all of you, because I have you in my heart,[a] and you are all partners with me in grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God is my witness, how deeply I miss all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And I pray this: that your love will keep on growing in knowledge and every kind of discernment,” CSB

v. 9 “…that your love may abound more and more…” ESV
v. 9 “…that your love will overflow more and more…” NLT

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Previous episodes in this series:

#004 – A Backpack Essential For Christian Leaders: A Higher Standard

#008 – A Backpack Essential For Christian Leaders: Resilience

#011 – A Backpack Essential For Christian Leaders: Purity

#014 – A Backpack Essential For Christian Leaders: Understanding

#018 – A Backpack Essential For Christian Leaders: Patience

#021 – A Backpack Essential For Christian Leaders: Kindness

Ministry Backpack Podcast Episode 18 Show Notes:

Summary: In today’s podcast, I talk about an essential quality for Christian Leaders – Patience.

Resources and Links mentioned in this episode:

2 Corinthians 6:6a
(But in everthing, as God’s ministers, we commend ourselves) “By purity, by knowledge, by patience…”

Patience –  Enduring Patience, Forbearance, Longsuffering.

It’s about being “long-tempered.”

“Patience is not a personality trait. It’s not an optional thing for Christian Leaders. In fact, a lack of patience is actually a “leadership weakness.”

Patience is a fruit of the Spirit, and it reflects the nature of God.

Some areas in which patience can make a big difference in our leadership:

1 – People.

“We need to give people time to grow. We need to allow God to work on them.”

“When we are short-tempered with people, we almost immediately lose credibility with them.”

2 – Plans.

“Sometimes we need to make decisions quickly, but patience in our leadership means that we have taken time, ahead of time to think through, to pray through potential opportunities and scenarios ahead of time. You do this so that you can decide. ahead of time, the kind of decision that you would make.”

From “31 Refutably Irrefutable Laws of Lame Leadership” –
(This is no longer available on Scribd, so here is a direct download link to the original version.)

31 Refutably Irrefutable Laws of Lame Leadership

Law 14:  The Law of the “Fire, Ready, Aim Rabbit” – Always make decisions quickly. Do not analyze anything; just go with your gut. Do not fear making a series of bad decisions. Instead, feel confident in your leadership abilities because no one can accuse you of being indecisive. Keep your finger on the trigger, and look for opportunities to shoot.

Law 15: The Law of the “Studious Turtle” – Always make decisions slowly. Analyze and analyze. Get everyone’s opinion and input. Consider all factors and every possible scenario before making a decision. Form a committee to study it.

Law 16: The Law of the Blank Stare – Never make decisions. Do not be proactive. Wait for things to work themselves out on their own. Eventually react to whatever happens.

“In relationship to patience in our plans as leaders, we’ve got to find the balance between these three laws.”

3 – “Postings.”

James 1:19 – “My dearly loved brothers, understand this: Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger,” – HCSB

“It’s about pausing before we speak; it’s thinking before you make some brash statement; it’s praying and getting God’s insight before opening our mouths to say something.  This principle applies to words we say and to things we post on social media.”

Always pause before you post. Think about how it will be perceived by those who know you as a Christian leader.”

This essential bleeds into the essential of “A Higher Standard.”

“Use the quality of patience in your leadership to do the right things, at the right time, with the right attitude.”

 

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Previous episodes in this series:

#004 – A Backpack Essential For Christian Leaders: A Higher Standard

#008 – A Backpack Essential For Christian Leaders: Resilience

#011 – A Backpack Essential For Christian Leaders: Purity

#014 – A Backpack Essential For Christian Leaders: Understanding

If you are a Christian leader,  you serve at the pleasure of the King.  Not to get ahead, not to be honored, not to be famous, not to have power, not to plaster your face and name on everything you do.*  You are under the authority of the King, and you serve at His pleasure.

This is the essence of Jesus’ prayer, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  (Matthew 6:10)

It’s also the understanding of  the Roman officer who came to Jesus requesting healing for his servant in Matthew 8:8-9:

8 But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed.
9 For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me.  And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” – ESV

Humility in leadership helps us to avoid the foolish mistakes that arise from arrogance.  It’s the attitude behind James 4:6 and many other verses of Scripture: “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  If you are leading on behalf of Christ, you definitely don’t want Him to be against you as you go.

Christian Leaders must have humility if they are to truly be effective.  They must understand that they are under authority and represent the King.  Sometimes that means serving in a place of honor, as a paid, full time Pastor or Staff Member.  Sometimes that means serving in a place that does not have the same visibility or recognition.  Sometimes it means picking up and moving across the country.

Humility is not a word that means “weakness” or “lack of confidence” or “low self-esteem.” It is a word that conveys the idea that we understand that we are under the authority of One who is greater than us.  We go at His pleasure; we serve at His pleasure; we do whatever He calls us to do.  Our responsibility is to see His will done rather than our will done on earth as it is in heaven.

I had a Professor in Seminary who told us about his first, official, paid position in ministry.  He had just graduated with a Master’s degree, and was excited to start serving on a Church staff.  The Monday of his first week at the Church, he was given his first assignment:  Clean up the vomit of a kid who had thrown up in the Church van the night before.

Welcome to ministry.  If our King grabs a towel and tells us, “This is how to lead,” then we join Him and start washing feet.  If a task is given to us by the King, no matter how menial or grandiose, it is an honorable thing for us to be doing. The honor is in the fact that we are doing something on behalf of and in the name of the One who is worthy of all honor.

Humility is a “Backpack Essential” for Christian Leaders.  We are not the King. We serve at the pleasure of the King.

* (I’m not talking about your name and face on promotional materials or websites.  I’m talking about an ongoing need for recognition.)

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 Johnny Leckie is a Christ Follower, Husband to Leona, and Father to MatthewMelissa & Michael. He is also a Church Planting Pastor, Musician, Artist, & Blogger. He’s a big fan of Coffee & Bacon and is currently planting a Church in Aurora, Colorado called Compass Church.  He is the founder of MinistryBackpack.com.

Ministry Backpack Podcast Episode 14 Show Notes:

Summary: In today’s podcast, I talk about an essential quality for Christian Leaders – Understanding

Resources and Links mentioned in this episode:

2 Corinthians 6:6a
(But in everthing, as God’s ministers, we commend ourselves) “By purity, by knowledge, …”

Understanding – Knowledge of God & True Wisdom

Suggestions for growing in “Understanding” in our ministry leadership:

1. Always be prepared. Don’t “wing it.” Study, prepare and be ready for the groups and ministries you lead and responsible for.

When you don’t know what you’re talking about and just flying by the seat of your pants, people will figure that out pretty quickly. Then they will stop listening, they will stop following, and they will stop trusting your judgment.

2. Keep growing and learning. Make a commitment to becoming an ongoing learner.

* Read/consume more things that will help you grow and learn. “Leaders are readers.” – Harry S. Truman’s quote – “Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”

* Begin to memorize and meditate on Scripture. As a result, through the power of personal experience with God’s Word, you develop more authority and passion about the Scripture. It isn’t just something someone told you, it’s something that you are personally living and learning.

* Search for Wisdom – Make it a life-long Quest.

Proverbs 2:3-5
3 furthermore, if you call out to insight and lift your voice to understanding, 4 if you seek it like silver and search for it like hidden treasure, 5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God. – HCSB

   Make it an exciting, life-long journey to gain wisdom.

*  Pray and ask God for wisdom & understanding.

James 1:5
5 Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be gven to him. – HCSB

1 Chronicles 1:10 (The Example of the Younger King Solomon)
10 Now grant me wisdom and knowledge so that I may lead these people, for who can judge this great people of Yours? – HCSB

3. Keep your relationship with God fresh.

Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and discipline. – HSCB

Proverbs 2:7
For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. -HSCB

Proverbs 9:10
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. – HSCB

“Growing in Understanding” as a Christian leader is more than academic – it’s relational. It flows from a strong relationship with God and His Word.

“It’s about making sure that your relationship with God is as fresh as this morning.”

Proverbs 24:5
A wise warrior is better than a strong one, and a man of knowledge than one of strength; – HCSB

“You are more ‘follow-able,’ and you have more authority as a Christian leader when you have Godly wisdom. It is true “understanding,” and it is an essential.

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Ministry Backpack Podcast Episode 11 Show Notes:

Summary: In today’s podcast I talk about an essential quality for Christian Leaders – Purity

Resources and Links mentioned in this episode:

2 Corinthians 6:6a  
(But in everthing, as God’s ministers, we commend ourselves) “By purity…”

Purity  – Chaste, pure, clean, uncontaminated from the inside-out.

“The battle that we face to maintain purity needs to be fought from within and without.”

“Purity should be viewed as a quality that we value, pursue, and fight for. You have to be ‘crazy intentional’ about purity.”

“You should never find your identity in, or define yourself by, your desires, attractions, appetites or failures. We should find our identity in Jesus.”

Psalm 86:11 – “Teach me your ways, O LORD, that I may live according to your truth! Grant me purity of heart, so that I may honor you.” – NLT

Psalm 19:14  – “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.” – NLT

1 Samuel 15:22 – “But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD : your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.” – NLT

Psalm 101:3-4 – “3 I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all who deal crookedly; I will have nothing to do with them. 4 I will reject perverse ideas and stay away from every evil.” – NLT

Some Quick Tips For Maintaining Purity:

1. Have a big, life consuming vision and mission for your life. Fill your life and time so that you don’t give yourself time to fail morally, and that the short term pleasure of the temptation seems small by comparison.

Nehemiah 6:3 – “So I sent messengers to them, saying, ‘I am doing a great work and cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?'” – CSB

2. If you are married, invest in your marriage. It involves attention and intention on your part.

“7 Questions” Episodes – (Question Number 5) “What One or Two Things Do You Do to Keep Your Family Relationships Strong?”

3. Saturate your mind with Scripture. Read it, Memorize it, and Meditate on it.

Romans 12:2 – “2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.” – CSB

Psalm 119:11 – “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” – KJV

4. Confess where you’ve failed. Don’t justify it – draw a line in the sand – confess it to the Lord and move forward.

1 John 1:9 – “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – CSB

5. Remove all “fuel for failure” in relationship to purity. Git rid of everything that causes you to stumble.

Romans 13:14 – “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” – ESV

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Proverbs 10:9 – “The one who lives with integrity lives securely, but whoever perverts his ways will be found out.” – CSB

6. Daily be filled with and have access to the power of the Holy Spirit.

Galatians 5:16 – “So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.” – NLT

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Strong Joy

Posted by Johnny Leckie | 15 Backpack Essentials

“A minister and/or their spouse is no longer spiritually healthy when the joy is gone and it is replaced with the steely resolve of duty.

You can be healthy if you have a strong joy that includes a sense of duty, but not with a strong sense of duty that doesn’t include joy.”

– From “15 Backpack Essentials For Christian Leaders” by Johnny Leckie

Ministry Backpack Podcast Episode 8 Show Notes:

Summary: In today’s podcast I talk about an essential quality for Christian Leaders – Resilience

Resources and Links mentioned in this episode:

When To Quit:
6 Indicators That It’s Time To ‘Move On’ in Ministry

Faithfulness:
http://www.ministrybackpack.com/pack-this-ministry-quote-faithfulness/

2 Corinthians 6:4-5
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2+Corinthians+6%3A4-5&version=HCSB

Results of Having Resilience as a Christian Leader:

  1. You don’t quit when things get tough.
  2. You expect it to be tough and embrace the work.
  3. You are secure in your calling.
  4. People trust you more because they know that they can count on you.

“When you have resilience and you are secure in your calling, your faithfulness is not dependent on the success of any given moment.”

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Ministry Backpack Podcast Episode 4 Show Notes:

Summary: In today’s podcast, I talk about an essential quality for Christian Leaders:  A Higher Standard

Resources and Links mentioned in this episode:

REI’s 10 Backpacking Essentials:
https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/backpacking-checklist.html

2 Corinthians 6:3
http://www.biblestudytools.com/2-corinthians/6-3-compare.html

Philippians 6:3
http://biblehub.com/philippians/2-3.htm

Questions Christian Leaders should ask themselves:

1. Am I thinking of others first, in my leadership, rather than seeking the “vain conceit” of being the leader?

2. What habits in my life need to go in order for me to be a better and more Christ-like leader? (So I don’t lose credibility and authority)

3. Am I committed to living according to a Higher Standard?

4. Am I willing to edit my lifestyle for the sake of others, and to avoid being a “stumbling block?”

5. Am I conscious of the fact that as a Christian Leader I must have an unselfish attitude?

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