Saturday, October 15, 2016
SHARPEN 2016 - LEADERSHIP REDEFINED |Colin D' Cruz
This message was preached at the RegionsBeyond India Leadership conference 2016.
This message was preached by Colin D'Cruz who leads Word of Grace.
Leadership redefined- some things I have learnt in regions beyond
These are some things that I have picked up, few things we put into practice. Not every church has caught all of these, but we are all on a journey together.
Q. How do we learn something?
Different people learn in different ways. For me it’s through reading, watching and experiencing. All these conferences, there are so many words to be absorbed. Each time I go somewhere I get a little bit. We’ve embarked on this journey with Steve and each time I got a little bit.
Here we see that Jesus was secure in who he was. That enabled him to be sacrificial in his servant. In India we want to serve those above us. When the boss says something, we run to do it. The new way of thinking is, can we serve those who are our peers and those who are under us. Even those who may betray us or leave us?We’ve seen this amongst us- Gary and Nicky, Steve and many others. Let’s be eager to serve everyone. It demonstrates the humility of Christ.
We are all one in Christ.
It’s also multi-generational- it’s not that the old guys get to do everything. Everyone has a role to play. It’s not one leader all his life. When we have conferences like HUB and Masterbuilders- we have 4 generations preaching. 70s, 50s, 40s, 20s. This is what we want to see.
One of the things Steve said is- In Clarens where people spoke different languages is to pray and worship together.
Churches can have jealousy, selfish ambition, etc. But we need to be people who a
Joseph’s brothers were not there for his success.
Gen 37:19- 20- ““Here comes that dreamer!” they said to each other. “Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.””. His brothers sought to kill him. They didn’t celebrate his gifting. That can happen in the local church setting as well.
When someone is gifted, instead of celebrating it, we put them down. Jonathan was going to be the next king. But when he saw God’s hand on David, he loved him and protected him. Who do you want to be like? Joseph’s brothers or Jonathan?
Another example is Barnabas- he was the son of encouragement. When Saul, the destroyer of the church, was born again, the apostles were afraid to accept him into their midst. But Barnabas took him along.
You can be an encourager. Barnabas also took John Mark- who deserted Paul and Barnabas. When he returned, Paul said we don’t need him. Paul went with silas. Barnabus took Mark in. Barnabas never wrote a book of the Bible, but he encouraged 2 men who wrote 14 books of the Bible.
Being there for one another’s success is something we need to do- to accept someone else’s gifting, celebrating them, helping them flourish in their gifts, operating in an atmosphere of grace.
Even at a church level- we need to say, how can I help another church succeed. We can get caught up with building our local church, but what about building another church? Donald has this prophetic- we’ve come here as church, but it is about working together.
In a group like this, we can meet many people but not be connected with anyone. So let’s get to really know one another.
Overarching all these points is grace. We do this because of the grace of God upon us. Without it, we won’t be able to do any of these things. Amen.